December 13, 2019
It has been a tumultuous week in the realm of digital health partnerships. It started with word of Proteus Digital Health’s floundering business and failed investment round, which reports say was partially driven by cooling relations between the digital pill maker and its longtime patron Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. A few days later, Sanofi announced a company-wide strategy shift that found Onduo, its...
October 16, 2019
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional quotes from Pear Therapeutics.
The poster child of digital therapeutics-pharma collaborations is soon to be no more, as Novartis division Sandoz announced that it is handing sole responsibility for the commercialization of the reSET and reSET-O prescription digital therapeutics back to Pear Therapeutics.
“Pear and Sandoz previously signed...
September 27, 2019
It’s been two years since the first software-only digital therapeutic got the FDA greenlight, but the industry is still very much in its infancy and continuing to evolve. New entrances are emerging from the world of health, pharma, tech and finance. As the industry matures, it's grappling with existential questions including regulation, reimbursement models and, as always, the definition of a...
July 22, 2019
Prescription digital therapeutics company Pear Therapeutics announced late last week that it has filed an FDA marketing authorization for Somryst, its digital cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of adults with chronic insomnia and depression.
While an approval from the agency would mark the third authorized prescription digital therapeutic for Pear — behind reSET for substance use...
July 3, 2019
Diving deeper into digital, this quarter the pharma giants have continued to implement new tools to enhance clinical trials, support medication management with technology and partner in developing digital therapeutics.
Onc, a foreign entity to this established industry, pharma executives are now becoming better versed in working with digital health companies and sharing the lessons they've...
May 6, 2019
Editor's Note: An original headline for this story contained an error, and has since been corrected.
Boston- and San Francisco-based Pear Therapeutics, maker of prescription digital therapeutics for substance abuse, has kicked off a feasibility study for Pear-006, an in-development treatment for depressive symptoms in those with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Pear Therapeutics has been developing Pear-...
January 7, 2019
On Friday Boston-based Pear Therapeutics announced a whopping $64 million Series C funding. The latest financing was led by Temasek, with participation from Novartis, 5AM Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, Jazz Venture Partners, The Bridge Builders Collaborative and EDBI.
This announcement comes just one year after the digital therapeutic maker landed $50 million in Series B funding.
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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...
November 6, 2018
When it comes to treating the opioid crisis, digital tools may be able to tackle some of the trickiest issues that the current care model cannot, according to a recently released Rock Health report. The report zeros in on some of the major road blocks in treating addiction and how digital could be the key to addressing these needs.
Those challenges include the variability between treatment...
February 1, 2018
The road to FDA clearance for medical devices may change radically in the next year.
Last summer, initial discussion began around implementing a pre-certification program for medical device companies, which would allow certain companies that the FDA has deemed responsible and safe in their development to build products without each new device undergoing the FDA clearance or approval process....