Sage Bionetworks

By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2017
In the 1970s at Stanford University, psychology researchers put children in a room with marshmallows to test their impulse control. The study, and its follow-up studies, are considered landmark explorations of the ideas of willpower and impulsivity. Now a group of researchers from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Cornell Tech, and Sage Bionetworks -- supported by the Robert Wood...
By Jonah Comstock September 23, 2016
When Apple announced ResearchKit in March 2015, and unveiled the first five apps to test-drive the company’s new approach to clinical research, the announcement made a big splash. And indeed, in the weeks following, those apps posted incredible recruitment figures: for instance, Parkinson’s emPower study saw 5,500 sign-ups by day two and ended up with more than 18,000 participants.  But there...
By Jonah Comstock July 7, 2016
The National Institutes of Health announced a number of partners today who will receive a total of $55 million in grant money for 2016 to build the foundational structures of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program includes five companies that make up the Participant Technologies Center, which will be responsible for creating mobile apps to enroll, consent,...
By Brian Dolan June 29, 2016
Apple has hired Dr. Stephen Friend, the president and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, to work on health-related projects. Sage promoted Lara Mangravite as its new president, and Friend will become chairman of the board. Sage helped Apple build out its ResearchKit framework and powered many of the early ResearchKit studies. Prior to Sage, Friend spent close to a decade at Merck as a senior...
By Aditi Pai March 2, 2016
Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit biomedical research organization that developed the ResearchKit app mPower, has announced that it will release the first six months of data from the app. mPower, a Parkinson's-focused app, was one of the first five ResearchKit studies announced at Apple's launch of the kit in March 2015. "An overwhelming number of mPower participants have chosen to donate their data...
By MHN Staff October 15, 2015
By the MobiHealthNews team This morning a number of big name medical institutions launched new studies using Apple's ResearchKit, iPhones and, in at least one case, the Apple Watch. As more ResearchKit study apps become available on Apple's app store, it appears that many of them are laying the groundwork for future FDA-cleared medical apps. It not only seems to be the case, the medical...
By Jonah Comstock September 14, 2015
IBM's new health-focused venture, Watson Health, opened its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week, amid the same kind of flurry of announcements and partnerships that marked its launch last April. A partnership with Teva Pharmaceuticals was one of the biggest headlines, but the company is also working with ICON, Boston Children's and Columbia Medical, and announced it just received a...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2015
The big digital health story this week was, without a doubt, Apple's unveiling of ResearchKit, a forthcoming developer tool that will make it easier for medical researchers to use apps to collect health data for clinical studies. (If you haven't already, be sure to read our original coverage of the ResearchKit announcement right here.) What follows is a comprehensive round-up of the most...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2015
Apple's ResearchKit has only just been announced, and most agree that the project has tremendous potential to improve medical research. Being able to tap anyone with a smartphone as a potential low-time-commitment research participant could make research trial recruiting cheaper, easier, and lead to larger, more representative samples. But will ResearchKit be able to tap anyone with a smartphone...
By Aditi Pai March 9, 2015
During Apple's most recent event, the company launched a new health offering -- arguably its most clinically-focused yet -- called ResearchKit. The open source platform helps researchers build medical apps and more easily recruit patients for clinical trials and other research projects. “iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health,"Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice...