Adherium

By Dave Muoio April 2, 2018
Smart inhaler company Adherium announced last week that it has received 510(k) clearance for over-the-counter sales of its inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler, called the SmartTouch for Symbicort. Adherium — which is headquartered in San Mateo, California, but holds currently offices in Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Amstelveen, The Netherlands...
By Dave Muoio February 1, 2018
Yesterday, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from her position as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following a Politico report that she had purchased shares of a tobacco company within a month of appointment. Since July, Fitzgerald has often been unable to attend several hearings due to conflicts of interest from other holdings, drawing ire from some of her colleagues in...
By Jonah Comstock January 24, 2018
New Zealand-based smart inhaler company Adherium, which up until now has distributed its products via pharma sales channels in Europe and Australia, plans to expand into the United States in the first half of 2018 with a direct-to-consumer (and direct-to-payer) strategy. “We’ve had a great relationship over the last couple of years with AstraZeneca, we’ve launched in a couple dozen countries now...
By Jonah Comstock September 21, 2017
Health enterprise software company Welltok has hired a new chief financial officer. Chris Power previously served as CFO at a number of companies including Paycor and LifeLock, both of which are software as a service companies. “Chris is an exceptional leader who brings tremendous financial depth and operating know-how to our fast-growing organization,” Jeff Margolis, chairman and CEO of Welltok...
By Jeff Lagasse September 1, 2017
Melbourne, Australia-based Adherium, a digital health company that focuses in improving medication adherence and patient outcomes, has just received FDA clearance for a new inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler, dubbed the SmartTouch for Symbicort.   The SmartTouch is a device that grafts onto a patient’s inhaler to monitor and encourage medication adherence as...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2017
Adherium, the Australia-based, AstraZeneca-backed smart inhaler company, has hired a new CEO. Arik Anderson will head up the company, while former CEO Garth Sutherland steps down into an executive director role on the company's board. Anderson has a background in executive roles at medical device companies, most recently serving as president of perfusion and surgical devices at Terumo...
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2017
Omada Health has announced five new senior hires, most notably a new chief medical officer, Dr. Paul Chew, who previously served as senior VP and global chief medical officer at Sanofi. The company also announced the hire of Tom Schoenherr as chief commercial officer, a position he previously held at Counsyl. “For the last five years, we’ve worked to establish Omada Health as a leader in digital...
By Heather Mack December 12, 2016
Melbourne, Australia-based smart inhaler company Adherium has been selected to supply the technology for a multi-country research program in Europe that will seek to establish whether home monitoring and mobile health tools can be used to manage asthma. Adherium’s Smartinhaler technology, which uses sensors to track when medication is taken and then sends the data via Bluetooth to mobile devices...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2016
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the adherence figure.  Adherium’s Smartinhaler has been shown to increase medication adherence by 43 percent and reduce hospitalization by a factor of five, according to a new study conducted at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the UK and published in the journal Thorax. The randomized control trial included 77 children with asthma. “This...
By Heather Mack September 6, 2016
In a surprising move, Ramzi Haidamus stepped down from his post as president of Nokia Technologies, the Silicon Valley division of Finland-based Nokia Group. Nokia Technologies does not yet have someone to replace Haidamus, and the company says he will stick around until the end of September. In the meantime, Brad Rodrigues, who is currently head of strategy and business at the company, will...

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