Novartis

By Laura Lovett December 10, 2018
The FDA has officially cleared reSET-O — a digital therapeutic to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) jointly developed by Pear Therapeutics and Sandoz, a division of Novartis — a little over a year after it was granted an Expedited Access Pathway designation from the agency.  This announcement makes reSET-O the first digital therapeutic to treat patients with OUD. Patients will need a valid...

Novartis' recently-opened digital health innovation lab in San Francisco. Photo courtesy Novartis on Twitter.

By Jonah Comstock November 21, 2018
Last month, Novartis announced that it would be cutting 2,200 jobs as part of a restructuring of the company focusing on particular priorities. “The overall strategy we have is to focus the company as a leading medicines company powered by digital technologies,” CEO Vas Narasimhan told STAT News last month. “What that has meant is to exit certain health care sectors or segments … — so we exited...
By Dave Muoio November 20, 2018
reSET — a substance use disorder treatment that was the first software-only therapeutic cleared by the FDA — is now commercially available for clinicians to prescribe to their patients, according to a release from Pear Therapeutics and Sandoz, a division of Novartis with which Pear partnered back in April. But while physical prescription drugs are usually handled through a pharmacy, the process...
NovioSense's artist conception of its device in use.

NovioSense's artist conception of its device in use.

By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2018
Last week, Alphabet subsidiary Verily Life Sciences announced the end, at least for the foreseeable future, of its glucose-sensing contact lens collaboration with Novartis. Verily CTO Brian Otis gave his thoughts in a blog post at the time, stressing the learnings the company got from the project. In a recent interview with MobiHealthNews, Novartis Global Head of Digital Development Jacob LaPorte...
By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2018
Four years after announcing an ambitious — and often ridiculed — project to create a glucose-sensing contact lens along with Novartis subsidiary Alcon, Alphabet's Verily is throwing in the towel, the company announced in a blog post today. It will continue to work on two other medical contact lens projects, aimed at presbyopia and cataract surgery recovery. "Our clinical work on the glucose-...
By Jonah Comstock November 7, 2018
By and large, Q3 2018 was a slow and steady quarter for pharma moves in digital health, at least in terms of publicly disclosed operations. At events during the quarter, the likes of Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Novartis and Sanofi discussed digital therapeutics and expressed a healthy mixture of skepticism and enthusiasm for the space. “These technologies have a tremendous opportunity to...
By Laura Lovett September 26, 2018
As more and more partnerships between digital therapeutics and pharma companies begin to emerge, the two industries have started to size each other up. While this may foster an exchange of ideas, there is also the danger of concepts getting lost in translation between the two industries.  Yesterday DTx East in Boston pharma execs talked about the future, realities, and challenges of digital...
By Laura Lovett August 30, 2018
A recent presentation by headache-focused digital health company Healint and pharma giant Novartis employed Healint’s migraine tracking app Migraine Buddy to look at how migraines interact with anxiety and depression. The research found that chronic migraines may induce anxiety and depression instead of the other way around, contradicting previous thought.  Researchers were able to look at the...
By Laura Lovett July 26, 2018
WebMD goes to China. WebMD is teaming up with Chinese tech giant Tencent in a deal that would introduce the health information platform to Asia. This means that WebMD’s services will be translated into Chinese and localized to suit the Chinese population.  “The agreement between WebMD and Tencent has the power to make a difference in the health of the Chinese people,” said Meng Zhang, general...

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By Laura Lovett July 18, 2018
Novartis is looking to digital storytelling as a way to help cancer patients and their families. Last week, the pharma company announced that it would be launching the Galaxies of Hope app, which lets patients, providers, and caregivers explore the challenges of coping with neuroendocrine tumor (NET) cancer through a multimodal approach.  The app uses the real-world stories of people and...