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By Dave Muoio May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...
By Tammy Lovell May 29, 2019
The next big question in digital health is how to make use of the “25th hour of the day” which will be created by self-driving cars, says Dr Markus Müschenich, Flying Health cofounder and managing partner. Flying Health, which Müschenich describes as “something between a think tank, an incubator and an eco-system”, has been working on a project with German car manufacturer Audi to explore...

An illustrated graphic of how the Nerivio Migra device works. Source: Theranica

By Dean Koh May 28, 2019
Theranica, an Israel-based biomedical technology company focused on developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other prevalent diseases, announced on May 28 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a De Novo request for its smartphone-controlled electroceutical, Nerivio Migra, utilising Remote Electrical Neuromodulation for the acute treatment of migraine. The FDA...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett May 28, 2019
  Microsoft recently detailed two partnerships with pediatric health research groups that have yielded tools and insights for clinicians tackling prevalent conditions. The first, with Seattle Children’s Research Institute, saw the two organizations teaming up on a data-driven partnership aiming to identify predictors and risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). By collecting public...
By Laura Lovett May 28, 2019
This afternoon Welkin, a startup focused on patient relationship management through messaging services and workflow organization, announced a $17.5 million Series B funding round exclusively to MobiHealthNews. The new funding was led by Altos Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture firm that invests specifically in American and South Korean companies. Existing investors Thrive Capital, Red Swan ...
By Dave Muoio May 28, 2019
Aggregated real-world outcome data collected from thousands of Medtronic MiniMed 670G users indicate that patients on the system spend an average 71% of their time within an optimal glycemic range. Collected from nearly 8 million days of recorded system use and announced by Medtronic today in a press release, the new findings also suggest that this rate increased further for those who employed...
By Jonah Comstock May 28, 2019
Dr. Roni Zeiger, cofounder and CEO of Smart Patients and ex-chief health strategist at Google, is leaving his startup after seven years to join Facebook as the social network giant's Head of Health Strategy, a position Facebook appears to have newly created. Zeiger quietly announced the news in a post on his own blog entitled "An Opportunity I Can’t Resist." Based on that short post, it appears...
By Laura Lovett May 28, 2019
Wearable sensor maker MC10 is teaming up with biopharma company AbbVie on a new set of multiple sclerosis (MS) clinical trials. The pair plan to use MC10’s FDA cleared wearable sensor technology, dubbed the BioStamp nPoint system, to help keep track of a patient’s physiological data and outcomes during the trials.  The flexible and stretchable electronic sensors landed FDA clearance last year to...
By Dave Muoio May 28, 2019
This month’s news that Apple had picked up the patent rights for a passive health monitoring system from startup Tueo Health does not appear to the only business occurring between the two companies. On Friday, CNBC reported that the consumer tech company had also outright acquired the small respiratory health company for an undisclosed sum. Tueo Health’s website was pulled down at some point late...
By Tammy Lovell May 27, 2019
Since period tracking app Clue was launched in 2013, the femtech industry has continued to flourish and is projected to reach a market potential of $50bn by 2025. “It’s been absolutely amazing in shedding light on a range of products created by women and addressing female needs previously not known to the investment community,” says Eirini Rapti, founder and CEO of inne, a natural contraceptive...

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