Lauri Sippola, CEO of Kaiku, gives a demonstration in his Helsinki office.

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By  Laura Lovett 11:25 am April 20, 2021
Kaiku Health, maker of an oncology-focused platform that collected patient-reported outcomes, is teaming up with pharma giant Novartis on a new initiative to help monitor and manage melanoma. The companies will zero in on creating a remote monitoring and support network for patients receiving a specific drug combination, known as BRAF and MEK inhibitors, that aims to treat melanoma. As part of...
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By  Laura Lovett 10:58 am April 12, 2021
Silicon Valley giant NVIDIA is teaming up with pharma company AstraZeneca and the University of Florida on new artificial intelligence research projects aimed at boosting drug discovery and patient care. This morning NVIDIA and AstraZeneca revealed a new drug-discovery model called MegaMoIBART, which is aimed at "reaction prediction, molecular optimization and de novo molecular generation."...

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By  Laura Lovett 11:56 am April 6, 2021
Digital therapeutics company Pear Therapeutics is looking to integrate digital biomarkers, machine learning algorithms and sensor-based technologies into its platform thanks to new licensing deals and partnerships. The Boston-based DTx company has inked collaboration deals with Empatica and etectRx, as well as licensing tech from KeyWise. Specifically, Pear's collaboration with Empatica will...
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By  Dave Muoio 03:04 pm April 1, 2021
Those keeping an eye on the digital therapeutics industry over the last several years likely remember the name Dthera Sciences. The startup and its CEO Ed Cox became one of the developing space's many standard bearers around 2018. During that timeframe it landed a Breakthrough Device designation from the FDA for its Alzheimer's symptoms treatment, with Cox chairing a handful of industry...
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By  Laura Lovett 02:19 pm March 31, 2021
Over the last year, digital has transformed the caregiver experience, but pharma has also been undergoing a metamorphosis in order to reach patients. During the pandemic, life science companies were pushed to reconfigure their care in order to meet the needs of some of the most at-risk patients. MobiHealthNews sat down with the leader of pharma giant Otsuka's Global Clinical Development on...
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By  Dave Muoio 03:26 pm March 23, 2021
Dr. Amy Abernethy, Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chief Information Officer at the FDA, will be stepping down from her positions at the agency in mid-to-late April, according to a memo Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock sent out to agency staff this morning. Abernethy came to the agency in early 2019 following a long line of executive and board positions at healthcare and health...
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By  Laura Lovett 02:01 pm March 18, 2021
The history of pharma and provider partnerships spans back decades, and has traditionally focused on the development of new drugs. Digital is coming into the fold of health, forcing those partnerships to go through a metamorphosis to include new tech. “Industry and academia have been working together for decades in a pharmaceutical sector, but historically the relationships did not extend beyond...

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By  Dave Muoio 03:07 pm March 17, 2021
AI isn't ready for COVID-19 prime time. A systematic review of published this week in nature machine intelligence warns that new models using machine learning to review chest radiographs and chest computed tomographies for COVID-19 have major methodical deficiencies or underlying biases. Among the 62 published or pre-print papers outlining these approaches, the authors wrote that not a single one...
By  MobiHealthNews 02:25 pm March 15, 2021
IMA Clinical Research, a division of the IMA Group that provides clinical evaluation and research services, has partnered with AiCure to deploy the patient engagement company's Patient Connect tool to patients in a new effort to observe health management beyond the traditional study setting. The 30-day program will have participants using the smartphone app to confirm adherent dosing behavior and...
Diabetes management
By  Laura Lovett 03:13 pm March 1, 2021
Diabetes management company Welldoc is teaming up with Eli Lilly on a new licensing and collaboration agreement that promises to integrate the former’s software into the pharma company’s insulin products, which are still in the pipeline. The partners plan on creating a new version of Welldoc’s BlueStar, an app-based diabetes management platform that will be able to integrate insulin dosing data...