Pharma

By  Skip Fleshman 11:19 am January 22, 2021
Clinical trials have become big news this year amid the search for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. They are a critical component of helping the FDA validate that new drugs and diagnostics will be both safe and effective. Pharmaceutical companies spend over $45B a year running clinical trials, which are, by design, very methodical and measured. Unfortunately, they are also slow, unpredictable...
etectRx
By  Laura Lovett 03:03 pm January 15, 2021
Earlier this week DTx company Pear Therapeutics inked a deal with adherence tool etectRx to potentially develop a product that combines the former’s digital therapeutics with a digital pill offering. As part of the deal the two companies will meet quarterly to discuss potential collaborations with the pharma industry. “Here we are talking about how can we bring this to pharma... we are going to...
Doctor wearing PPE
By  HIMSS Media 03:37 pm January 13, 2021
The current version of PEAR-004, the company's digital therapeutic for schizophrenia
By  Jonah Comstock 01:59 pm January 13, 2021
Novartis has published results from a clinical trial of Pear Therapeutics' new digital therapeutic for schizophrenia, and the results don't paint a rosy picture. The single-blinded 112-person trial found no difference between the Pear app and a placebo app in any outcome measure, including the primary outcome measure of reducing schizophrenia symptoms. However, the trial did further establish the...
By  Dave Muoio 02:01 pm January 11, 2021
Biogen has announced a new multiyear research study on cognitive decline that will be conducted using the Apple Watch and iPhone. The observational study is being conducted in collaboration with Apple, according to the announcement, and is set to kick off later this year. The project's primary goal is to establish digital biomarkers for monitoring long-term cognitive performance and to spot early...
Funding, Egypt Ventures, Nawah Scientific, Alexandria Fund
By  Rachel McArthur 06:18 am January 8, 2021
Nawah Scientific begins 2021 with $1 million (€0.82M) in additional funds. The Cairo-based health tech startup has secured a second pre-series A fundraise comprising both equity and debt, it announced in a press statement late on 7 Jan. Funded primarily by Egypt Ventures, the round also saw contributions from the Alexandria Fund, Cairo Angels, Alex Angels, undisclosed angels from Hult...
A product shot of the Bold Health app
By  Dave Muoio 03:16 pm December 14, 2020
Bold Health, a London-based company developing digital therapeutics for gastrointestinal conditions, is backing a new University of Pennsylvania-led study that will directly compare the company's cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) app for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to Headspace's consumer mindfulness and meditation app. According to a clinicaltrials.gov listing spotted by Exits & Outcomes,...
Smartphone screens displaying the MyTherapy app
By  Laura Lovett 02:56 pm November 24, 2020
Novartis is teaming up with smartpatient to launch a new app feature on the MyTherapy app for patients with wet macular degeneration (AMD) that is focused on educating patients and caregivers about treatment and management.  Called "See What’s Next," the section was specifically designed to help provide patients and their families with resources about navigating life with the disease and giving...
By  Laura Lovett 02:43 pm November 19, 2020
The femtech world is beginning to venture out of the boundaries of reproductive health and into other areas of women’s health, according to panelists at Bayer G4A summit yesterday.  Over the summer, Rock Health report that about 65% of all femtech funding has gone into fertility, pregnancy or motherhood. Today innovators are looking beyond the reproductive umbrella, at how technology and research...
Person checks medication online
By  Laura Lovett 02:58 pm November 18, 2020
Pharma giant Bayer is kicking off new digital collaboration efforts in the fields of cardiometabolic and renal disease, oncology and women’s health via a new initiative, dubbed the G4A Digital Health Partnership Program.  The program is split into two tracks, one for early-stage companies and another for more experienced companies. It tapped Caria, an AI and data company that matches people...