Pharma

By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2017
Global pharmaceutical company UCB has launched Wellness4U, a health and wellness platform for people living with immunologic disorders which includes, as one aspect, an activity tracker pilot program. "Our medicines treat thousands of people around the world and we are engaging with patients, their families and healthcare professionals to address their unmet needs," Todd Edwards, vice president...
By Heather Mack March 17, 2017
The human brain and the seemingly infinite number of health complications that can befall it are complex. As such, there aren’t universally agreed-upon therapies and treatments for conditions ranging from depression and chronic pain to stroke and Parkinson’s disease. But recent, rapid advances in neuroscience research and digital technology are enabling a new wave of tools to gain traction in...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2017
Digital health company Mango Health, which makes a gamified app for patient engagement and medication adherence, has announced a strategic investment from — and longterm partnership with — Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the United States. The amount of the investment was undisclosed. Through the deal, Express Scripts’ 85 million clients will have access...
By Heather Mack March 6, 2017
Japanese digital health company Welby has collaborated with Janssen, a pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson, to develop a mobile app for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The app will be available on iOS and Android throughout Japan. Aozora, the task management app, was created by Welby and will be distributed by Janssen to people with ADHD who are...
By Heather Mack February 27, 2017
Like many cognitive illnesses, clinical depression isn’t a steady state but a variable condition that has patterns and symptoms that change over time and throughout daily life. So Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Cognition Kit are collaborating on a study to assess whether mobile apps and wearables with continuous monitoring capabilities can be used to glean new insights into major depressive disorder...
By Bill Siwicki February 22, 2017
Medisafe, a technology vendor that markets a personalized medication management platform, has unveiled at HIMSS17 a new feature that alerts users of possible drug-to-drug interactions that may cause unexpected side effects and/or alter the way medications perform. The interactions feature also includes disclosures when medications have other lifestyle implications, such as interactions with...
By Naomi Fried February 10, 2017
About the author: Naomi Fried, PhD (@NaomiFried), is the CEO of Health Innovation Strategies, which provides digital health strategy and innovation infrastructure consulting to healthcare stakeholders including pharma companies and providers. Her previous positions include the first Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, Biogen’s VP of Innovation and External Partnerships, and VP...
By Heather Mack February 8, 2017
Digital respiratory health management company Propeller Health is collaborating with Novartis to develop a custom add-on sensor for the Swiss pharmaceutical company’s Breezhaler inhaler, which is used for Novartis’s portfolio of COPD treatments. The partnership will be focused in Europe. The add-on sensor will be developed to work with the capsule-based dry powder inhaler by passively recording...
By Heather Mack February 2, 2017
Roche has selected two health technology companies to deploy a wireless wearable system in a clinical trial on a drug for infants with spinal muscular atrophy. The study will use BioRadio, a wireless wearable data acquisition system from Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies that records respiratory and pulmonary data from infants in near real time. Vivonoetics’ VivoSense software works in collaboration...
By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2017
Austin, Texas-based RxWiki, which offers a medication encyclopedia written and edited by pharmacists as well as tools to help community pharmacists to communicate with consumers, has merged with TeleManager Technologies, a Newark, New Jersey-based provider of interactive voice response (IVR) and telecommunication technologies for pharmacies. The two companies will operate under the new name...

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