Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 04:18 pmNovember 22, 2019
There are few clinical areas more in need of innovation than heart disease. It’s the leading killer among men and women in the US, accounting for one in every four deaths by the CDC’s numbers, and yet it’s also a body of health conditions that could be substantially mitigated through a number of lifestyle and behavior changes. So of course it’s little surprise that cardiovascular health and care...
By Dave Muoio 03:12 pmNovember 21, 2019
Welldoc is tapping Astellas Pharma to assist Japanese and Asian commercialization efforts for the former’s digital therapeutic for patients with diabetes, the companies announced yesterday. To kick off the deal, Astellas is making an upfront $15 million payment to Welldoc, which will allow the pharma to jointly develop and commercialize the BlueStar product in the region. The two will also be...
By Dave Muoio 01:21 pmNovember 21, 2019
Give InKind, a digital platform for coordinating caregiving and social support, has notched a pre-seed investment round of $1.5 million, it announced yesterday. The startup highlighted a $100,000 investment from Trilogy Equity Partners tied to its participation in Ready Set Raise accelerator, and also listed support from Madrona Venture Group, SeaChange Fund, Keeler Investments, FAM Fund, and...
By Dave Muoio 03:12 pmNovember 20, 2019
Sanofi is merging its real-world data platform with New York startup Aetion’s similar evidence platform to augment its treatment development and deployment efforts, the companies announced today. Sanofi’s DARWIN platform will provide a substantial body of de-identified patient data, which the Aetion Evidence Platform will analyze those information for insights on drug effectiveness, safety and...
By Dave Muoio 11:50 amNovember 20, 2019
The US Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a regional rollout that it will make a connected device for diabetic foot ulcer detection available to veterans across the country as of December 1. The platform, developed by Somerville, Massachusetts-based Podimetrics, is already being used at 15 of the department’s medical centers, and according to the VA will also be included in an...
By Dave Muoio 04:07 pmNovember 19, 2019
Device regulation is a hurdle for any medical tech company, but doubly so for startups hoping to strike it big with their very first digital health product. With limited resources and experience, pushing a device through the FDA’s door and onto the market is a multi-year gauntlet of validation, documentation and, unfortunately, frustration. To help young companies take a bit of the guesswork out...
By Dave Muoio 02:48 pmNovember 19, 2019
Peerbridge Health has closed $11 million in funding from Northwell Health, Ascent Biomedical Ventures, Olipan Investments and Kinled Holding, company founder Dr. Angelo Acquista and other unnamed backers, the ECG sensor patch maker announced recently. WHAT THEY DO The startup’s primary offering is Peerbridge Cor, a multi-channel wireless ECG patch that is adhered to the chest. Cleared in 2017,...

Photo courtesy of Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. From left to right: panel moderator Patrick Wayte, Dr. C. Michael Gibson and Dr. Paul Stoffels.

By Dave Muoio 01:23 pmNovember 18, 2019
Due to the promises of lower costs, simple scaling and greater patient engagement, digital technologies are all but an inevitability for the drug trials of tomorrow, according to experts from pharma and the clinical research community speaking this weekend at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia. These comments were accompanied by the official kickoff of CHIEF-HF,...
By Dave Muoio 03:25 pmNovember 17, 2019
A half dozen digital health startups went head to head this weekend in a pitch contest hosted by the American Heart Association. The competition’s cohort ranged from well-known heavy hitters like Welldoc to Korean hospital spinout Vuno, but in the end it was Pittsburgh-based Forest Devices that claimed top honors from both the contest’s eight judges and its audience. “Our solution is AlphaSTROKE...
By Dave Muoio 02:24 pmNovember 15, 2019
The increased spotlight on Google’s healthcare privacy practices doesn’t seem to be letting up, with the Washington Post publishing a story this morning detailing a botched arrangement between the tech giant and the National Institutes of Health back in 2017. The two groups had a research arrangement centered on more than 100,000 chest X-ray images provided to Google by the NIH. However,...