Pharma

By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2018
Walmart is reportedly in talks to acquire PillPack, a New England-based virtual pharmacy with around $100 million in funding. According to CNBC, which broke the news, the retail giant is offering less than $1 billion for the startup. But the deal could still fall apart, CNBC's sources said. Founded in 2013, PillPack offers a virtual pharmacy experience for people who can't or would rather not...
By Jonah Comstock March 16, 2018
Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles-based global investment firm focused on mergers, acquisitions, and operations, has made a binding offer to acquire Johnson & Johnsons' Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania and Zug, Switzerland-based LifeScan business, which sells the OneTouch line of connected and non-connected glucometers. Platinum Equity will pay $2.1 billion for the business, which reported $1.5...
By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2018
Digital therapeutics may be up and coming, but they also have a long way to go before their mainstream treatment options, according to experts who spoke at the digital therapeutics deep dive at HIMSS18. “This is going to be a completely new industry sector,” Pierre Leurent, CEO of Voluntis, said during the session. “It’s going to have very strong growth in the years to come and it’s going to be a...
By Laura Lovett March 2, 2018
Artificial intelligence has been working its way into the field of research. Now Precision Health AI, a company that specializes in applications of AI to oncology, has just launched a new platform, called Eureka Health Oncology, that uses EMR data to provide practical AI applications for real oncology use cases.  “Our team of healthcare professionals is using the deep clinical oncology dataset at...
By Jonah Comstock March 1, 2018
Pear Therapeutics has inked a deal with pharma company Novartis to work together on the development of two digital therapeutics for multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. It’s the first time a pharma company has made a development deal with a digital therapeutic, according to Pear. “We have been in discussions for many months now with the [Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research] group at...
By Laura Lovett February 5, 2018
Its not uncommon to see customers paying for coffee or boarding a flight using a QR code from their smartphone, but some researchers are now looking to create an edible medication QR code. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen recently published a study in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics which looks at creating QR-encoded smart oral medication made by inkjet printing.  "This...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2018
San Francisco-based MyHealthTeams has added its 28th disease-specific social network, and is working with Belgian pharmaceutical company UCB on an educational inititative related to the platform. MySpondylitisTeam, the newest network, is aimed at patients with spondyloarthritis, a kind of arthritis which, unlike rheumatoid arthritis, tends to first present itself when patients are in their 20s...
By Jonah Comstock December 27, 2017
Digital health in pharma definitely had a milestone moment in the fourth quarter with the FDA approval of Abilify MyCite, a new, sensor-enabled version of Otsuka’s drug for schizophrenia powered by Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible sensor technology. In addition to that, the quarter saw numerous other moves by pharma companies around clinical trials, chronic disease management, mental health,...
By Laura Lovett December 20, 2017
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated that ACE was the name of the mobile app. ACE is the name of PharMedQuest's customer relationship management platform and not the mobile app.  Healthcare management company PharMedQuest announced last week that it has made a strategic investment in helparound, an Israeli company which makes an app that supports and connects patients with...
By Dave Muoio December 1, 2017
Editor's note: Since publication, some of this story's quotes have been edited for clarity. With billions of dollars and countless hours of human effort spent each year validating new drugs, devices, and medical interventions, it’s little surprise that the healthcare industry is turning to technology to streamline the process. From participant recruitment to data collection to adherence, clinical...