Pharma

By Jonah Comstock October 7, 2014
Urine analysis app uChek is about to launch a six-month, 375-patient trial with Merck for Mothers, a Merck-sponsored initiative to reduce global maternal mortality, according to ClinicalTrials[dot]gov. Researchers will test the feasability of providers using uChek to detect preeclampsia and eclampsia in pregnant women in Bangladesh, with usability of the app for healthcare professionals as a...
By Jonah Comstock September 30, 2014
Boehringer Ingelheim is a pretty familiar name to people who follow mobile health moves from pharma companies. The large, privately-owned German firm has been involved in pilots with game developer Ayogo, smart pill bottle maker AdhereTech, and now-defunct behavior change platform Healthrageous. While its partners have talked up these pilots, up until now the company itself has been pretty quiet...
By Jonah Comstock September 25, 2014
Former Wired executive editor Thomas Goetz and Matt Mohebbi, a former Google engineer, have teamed up to launch the drug-focused digital health startup Iodine, which Goetz unveiled this week at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California. "There’s a massive amount of search traffic on medications," Goetz told MobiHealthNews. "People use the internet for health decisions as much as they use it...
By Jonah Comstock September 23, 2014
Roche subsidiary Genentech is no stranger to online patient communities -- the pharma company signed a five-year data access deal with online patient community company PatientsLikeMe in April. At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara this week, Genentech product development leader Joling Mew spoke about the ways that Genentech has worked with PatientsLikeMe, and other online patient...
By Jonah Comstock September 23, 2014
Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a Johnson and Johnson company, is introducing a provider-facing component to its Care4Today mobile health manager application, the company announced from the stage at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California today. "It’s called the patient dashboard, and it allows provider to manage patient adherence in real time," Janssen marketing director Fran Devlin told...
By Jonah Comstock September 3, 2014
Sanofi Diabetes, a division of Sanofi-Aventis, has launched a new mobile game for iOS and Android phones in the United Kingdom. The game, called Mission T1D, is meant to be educational, to teach children as well as their parents, caregivers, and friends about Type 1 diabetes. "Children with diabetes and their families face many challenges in their daily lives as they care for a very complex life-...
By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2014
Bayer HealthCare, a German pharmaceutical company, has underscored pharma's growing interest in mobile health by starting a new health accelerator. Grants4Apps, which started last year as a crowdsourcing initiative, was releaunched as an accelerator at an event earlier this week. The commitment on Bayer's part is pretty significant: they'll be offering 50,000 euro (about $65,000) to each of the...
By Jonah Comstock August 19, 2014
While Novartis' recent partnership with Google and its longtime relationship with Proteus have indicated that the pharma company has an interest in digital health, a page on the company's website, added this summer, lays out its broad vision and explicit interest in mobile health specifically. The company even has a mobile health strategy lead, Michele Angelaccio, who holds the title of Associate...
By Jonah Comstock August 12, 2014
Iowa-based TelePharm has raised $2.5 million from venture capitalist John Pappajohn and Bruce Rastetter, president of the Iowa state Board of Regents. The company, which is also a member of the Rock Health accelerator, will use the funds to scale its business, which connects pharmacists to one another and to patients via cloud-based mobile apps. "I think the pharmacists’ position is changing,"...
By Aditi Pai August 7, 2014
Haifa, Israel-based MediSafe added a birth control pill tracking feature to its medication adherence app this week. MediSafe, which was in Microsoft's Tel Aviv accelerator, offers a cloud-based app system for medication adherence. Patients using MediSafe get a reminder to take their meds on their Android or iPhone app, and are then prompted to record doses when they take them. If they don’t...