Pear Therapeutics

By Dave Muoio 11:47 am October 30, 2019
Pear Therapeutics has announced a new deal with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals that will explore the platform’s potential for patients with certain gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. “We are excited to be partnering with Ironwood on this initiative and believe there is a compelling clinical rationale for use of [prescription digital therapeutics] in treating GI diseases,” Dr. Corey McCann, president and...
By Dave Muoio 10:28 am 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...

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By Laura Lovett 04:13 pm September 10, 2019
Startups can have a difficult time striking a balance between the fast pace of tech culture and healthcare’s slow-and-steady validation culture. In part, the culture clash is a West Coast-East Coast divide, with tech giants congregating for the most part in California and hospitals and pharma in the Northeast, according to a panel moderated by CNBC’s Christina Farr at the MassBio Digital Health...
By Dave Muoio 03:59 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 01:13 pm 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-...
By Dave Muoio 03:14 pm April 9, 2019
Although still in its earliest chapters, the story of digital therapeutics is beginning to pick up steam. Just six months ago, that the first software-only therapeutic cleared by the FDA, Pear Therapeutics’ reSET, kicked off a commercial launch driven by the sales channels expertise of an established pharmaceutical partner. Proteus, meanwhile, recently expanded dealings with its long-time pharma...
By Laura Lovett 03:17 pm April 4, 2019
Figuring out the best user experience can be a tricky process for any platform. But its particularly important in digital therapeutics, which some view as a disruptor to traditional pharmaceuticals.  Unlike medical drug makers, digital therapeutics companies have UX design to consider during the development of their products, Madhavi Jagdish, director of product designer at Pear Therapeutics,...
By Laura Lovett 11:56 am 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.  What they do...
By Laura Lovett 05:37 pm 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 01:25 pm 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...