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FDA clears AI-powered prostate cancer detection software

Software that can help pathologists detect prostate cancer from slides of biopsies more effectively has been approved by the FDA. The software – called Paige Prostate – is the first artificial intelligence-based to be approved by the FDA for this purpose, according to the US regulator. It is used to screen for signs of cancer …

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Lundbeck taps Inscopix’ brain-mapping camera tech for CNS research

Danish drugmaker Lundbeck has teamed up with Inscopix – the developer of a technology that can film neurons in the brain in real time – to try to find new drugs for central nervous system diseases. The two partners will use the nVista wearable microscope technology to develop a map of the brain and brain …

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Algorithm calculates people vulnerable to COVID despite jabs

UK researchers say an algorithm can identify people who remain at risk of developing serious COVID-19, despite having one or two doses of vaccine for the coronavirus. The team – from multiple UK universities – developed the QCovid3 algorithm using data from almost 7 million vaccinated people, including around 5 million who had two doses, …

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Luminopia’s digital therapy for lazy eye aces clinical trial

A digital therapeutic (DTx) for amblyopia – sometimes known as lazy eye – has been shown to improve vision correction over standard therapy in a phase 3 trial, according to its developer Luminopia. The DTx – called Luminopia One – treats amblyopia by getting people with the condition to watch specially modified TV shows and …

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AI aims to prevent unneeded treatment for deep vein thrombosis

Researchers in the UK are working on an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to help diagnose deep vein thrombosis (DVT) from ultrasound images – and potentially prevent patients from receiving drugs unnecessarily. The team from Oxford University, Imperial College London and the University of Sheffield are working with German tech company ThinkSono on the smartphone-based app, …

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Coalition formed to represent patient interests in digital health

Not enough is being done to ensure that patient voices are included in policymaking around digital health, says a new patient organisation in the UK, which aims to set that situation right. The Patient Coalition for AI, Data and Digital Tech in Health has brought together members of patient organisations, medical colleges and health charities …

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The tech revolution reshaping European healthcare

The European health tech industry has made a “quantum leap” into using digital health technology due to the pandemic with the help of a growing number of trailblazing entrepreneurs, according to AlbionVC. The London-based venture capital firm provides a useful overview of how healthcare has changed over the last decade, and where digital health is …

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Zoll agrees $538m deal to buy sleep apnoea specialist Itamar

Itamar Medical was on the acquisition trail itself earlier this year, buying Spry Health to extend its sleep sensor technology range. Now, it’s being snapped up Zoll Medical in a deal valued at around $538 million. Israel-headquartered Itamar markets a sensing device called WatchPAT that attaches to the finger during sleep, measuring vital signs like …

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Social Media Has Created a New Opportunity for Medical Affairs

Medical Affairs professionals are constantly seeking new and creative ways to strategically engage with Key Opinion Leaders (KOL). Two primary responsibilities of Medical Affairs are sharing data with KOLs to help them make better treatment decisions and gathering KOL insights to improve the company strategy. Today, social media has created a new opportunity for Medical …

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Digital health approach improves neurosurgery care, says study

Deployment of digital health technologies during the pandemic improved patient satisfaction, expanded the delivery of care and augmented training of staff at a leading neurosurgery provider in the US, according to a new study. Faced with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Cleveland Clinic centres implemented a number telehealth and audio-visual technologies to compensate …

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Startup Neuroglee raises $10m for virtual neurology clinics

A digital health company focusing on neurodegenerative disorders – Neuroglee Therapeutics – has raised $10 million in first-round funding to roll out a virtual neurology clinics for people with cognitive problems caused by dementia. The Singapore startup, which is partnering with the Mayo Clinic on the clinics, said the cash injection will also go towards …

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Gates Foundation ramps up funding to Exscientia in COVID project

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation must have liked what it saw in an initial collaboration with Exscientia to find new antivirals for COVID-19 and related diseases. Two months after providing initial funding of $1.5 million to get the ball rolling, the philanthropic organisation has now pledged $35 million in funding to a four-year project …

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AI ‘could help diagnose lung cancer a year earlier’

An artificial intelligence algorithm was able to detect signs of lung cancer on CT scans a year earlier than with traditional methods, according to a new study. CT (computed tomography) scans are already used to spot signs of lung tumours, followed by a biopsy or surgery to confirm whether the tumour is malignant, according to …

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4 ways emerging pharma companies can harness marketing content

Rapid creation of compliant marketing content is increasingly important and there are ways emerging pharma companies can stay ahead of the game – despite having fewer resources than bigger firms. A new pharma marketing content ebook from Veeva looks at best practices for building a content foundation that can enable long-term growth. It explains how …

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Study backs benefit of insomnia DTx Sleepio on mental health

A study has shown that people with anxiety or depression who used a digital therapeutic (DTx) for insomnia alongside psychological therapy, had better improvement in their mental health than those receiving therapy on its own. The study – published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy – tested the Sleepio app developed by digital health …

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How blockchain can revolutionise medical records and save lives

Balancing medical privacy with ease of access for healthcare professionals is a challenge, but technology could provide the solution, says Aleph Zero Foundation’s Matthew Niemerg. Most people don’t think of healthcare when they hear blockchain, and that’s understandable; the technology so far hasn’t gone much beyond financial instruments – at least, not in the eyes …

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AI could be used to guide drug therapy for heart failure

UK researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a way to identify patients with heart failure who would benefit from treatment with beta blockers, by interrogating data from nine landmark clinical trials. The study applied machine learning to trial data involving 15,659 patients who were being treated for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction …

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AI breast cancer screening ‘not accurate enough to replace humans’

There is not enough evidence yet to allow artificial intelligence based breast cancer detection to be fully integrated into screening services, says a UK study. The analysis of a dozen studies of AI-powered image recognition software for breast cancer screening – published in the British Medical Journal – has found that the technology isn’t yet …

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Italian ‘chatbot’ predicted COVID-19 spikes, says study

An online tool used by people in Italy to manage their potential exposure to COVID-19 using a simple chat interface has shown that it can spot emerging trends days ahead of the national surveillance system. The decision support system (DSS) – developed by Italian digital health startup Paginemediche – provided a way for people to …

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Real-world study suggest AI may improve atrial fibrillation screening

An artificial intelligence algorithm already shown to be able to detect atrial fibrillation (AF) in clinical testing has also shown its worth in a real-world setting, according to its developers. The AI – developed by the Bristol Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance on cardiovascular disease – was developed using machine learning from a UK dataset of almost …

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Funding round swells digital health firm Whoop’s value to $3.6bn

Fitness wearable company Whoop has raised another $200 million in funding that will help fund its expansion into international markets – and take on deep-pocketed rivals like Amazon, Apple and Google. The sixth-found financing was led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, taking the total raised by the company to date to around $400 million, and …

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J&J lung cancer initiative will use Optellum’s ‘digital biomarker’ tech

Three years ago, Johnson & Johnson set up a wide-ranging initiative with Boston University to try to improve lung cancer survival rates through prevention and early intervention. Now, its calling on artificial intelligence specialist Optellum to help with that effort. UK-based Optellum has developed an AI-powered clinical decision support – called Virtual Nodule Clinic – …

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Digital mental health firms Headspace and Ginger in $3bn merger

A merger between two digital mental health companies – Headspace and Ginger – will create a $3 billion giant in a category that has been growing at breakneck speed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal brings together Headspace’s meditation and mindfulness app – used by millions of people around the world – …

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Older people ‘more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy care’

Researchers in the US have found that older people are far more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy programmes digitally than those in younger age groups. Gen Xers, working-age baby boomers and retirees – collectively the over-41 age bracket – were more likely to start a musculoskeletal (MSK) programme delivered via digital channels than Gen …

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India’s Breathe Well-being raises $5.5m for diabetes reversal app

Digital health startup Breathe Well-being has raised $5.5 million in first-round financing, which it will use to scale up its clinical tool that it says helps people “prevent, manage and reverse type 2 diabetes.”  The Series A – led by US venture capital group Accel with participation from General Catalyst and Scott Shleifer, global managing …

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NHS data sharing scheme “on hold” as millions opt out

The NHS’ much-vaunted GP data-sharing initiative looks to be on a prolonged hiatus, with at least one report suggesting it has been hit by 1.2 million people choosing to opt out of the scheme in the space of two months. The General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) is now on hold “with no …

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FDA issues warning on robot-assisted breast cancer surgery

The FDA has issued a safety alert about the use of robot-assisted surgical (RAS) devices for use in mastectomy procedures, pointing out that their safety and efficacy have not been established. The move comes amid reports that some people are being offered RAS for the prevention or treatment of breast cancer, sometimes as part of …

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BMS buys into AI-designed immune drug from Exscientia

Bristol Myers Squibb has exercised an option on an immune-modulating drug candidate developed by UK artificial intelligence specialist Exscientia, paying $20 million for the buy-in as part of their $1.2 billion alliance. The unnamed drug candidate acts on an immunological kinase enzyme, which has proven hard to target using conventional drug discovery techniques because challenges …

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Akili adds to ADHD gaming range with £37m TALi licensing deal

Akili already has the first and only FDA cleared video game-based digital therapeutic (DTx) for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but is looking to add to its range via a licensing deal with Australia’s TALi Digital.  Flush with cash from a recent $160 million equity and debt financing, Akili has agreed to license US …

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Global regulators seek permanent working group on AI

Rapid advances in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare and medicines development are at risk of outstripping current regulatory frameworks, according to a new report. The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) has recommended that a new permanent working group be set up to keep tabs on the use of AI and …

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AI firm XtalPi swells its coffers with another $400m financing

Artificial intelligence (AI) specialist XtalPi has chalked up a second big financing in the space of a year, raising $400 million and taking its valuation to around $2 billion. Founded several years ago by a team of MIT researchers and previously backed by Google, XtalPi deploys AI to a range of drug discovery and development …

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UK adults asked to record coughs to improve COVID detection

Researchers in the UK are asking adults who have taken a COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours to record themselves coughing, breathing and speaking to help develop new ways to detect infection. The aim is to develop algorithms that could be used to detect COVID-19 remotely – for example before a PCR or lateral …

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Shaping the future of ovarian cancer diagnosis with femtech

Israeli femtech start-up GinaLife is developing a platform of biomarker strategies supported by artificial intelligence and data science for the early detection of problems in women’s health. CEO and co-founder Inbal Zafir-Lavie tells pharmaphorum more. Six years ago, research scientist Inbal Zafir-Lavie tragically lost her 38-year-old sister Hava Zafir to colorectal cancer. Due to her …

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Mahana raises $61m for digital therapeutic for IBS

Mahana Therapeutics has raised second-round financing of $61 million that will be used to launch what it says will be the first prescription digital therapeutics (DTx) for irritable bowel syndrome, one of several digital health products in its pipeline. The Mahana IBS tool – a three-month course that uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to log …

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US telemedicine company owner charged with $784m fraud

A jury in the US has charged a Florida man who owns multiple telemedicine companies in connection with a massive healthcare scam that involved a massive $784 million in fraudulent claims being submitted to Medicare. Creaghan Harry (53) is accused of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, and four counts of income …

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Delivering valuable independent medical education programmes

In the next instalment in EPG Health’s HCP engagement series, Abhi Chakravorty looks at medical education’s new trajectory and how to build programmes that are credible, engaging and impactful. In these times of turmoil there are some reassuring constants when it comes to independent medical education (IME), which continues to be appreciated by healthcare professionals …

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Sensyne, Oxford University deploy AI to find asthma targets

Oxford University and UK clinical artificial intelligence (AI) company Sensyne Health will partner on a project to find new drug targets for people with hard-to-treat asthma. It’s estimated that almost one in five people with asthma find it difficult to control symptoms using current therapies, while around 4% have particularly severe forms that puts them …

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Cambridge team says AI could diagnose dementia with one scan

Researchers at Cambridge University in the UK are trialling an artificial intelligence system that they think could spot the signs of dementia after a single brain scan. The team – led by Prof Zoe Kourtzi of the university and Alan Turing Institute – told the BBC that the AI could make it possible to start …

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Around 250 digital health apps are launching every day, says IQVIA

There was a dramatic increase in the launch of health-related mobile applications last year, taking the total number on offer in app stories to 350,000 – and while average quality is currently “middling” it is on the rise, according to a report from IQVIA. The pandemic contributed to another 90,000 apps being introduced in 2020 …

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Fresenius launches VR-based training for home dialysis patients

Fresenius has launched a virtual reality based training programme for people undergoing home dialysis in Germany, its home market, ahead of a rollout in other countries later this year. The VR system – called stay•safe MyTraining VR – is designed for use in patients undergoing  peritoneal dialysis, which uses the peritoneum in a person’s abdomen …

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Measuring Advocacy of Digital KOLs

Identifying the most important & active digital experts in your space is just the first step of the engagement planning cycle. Because even within a therapy area, digital KOLs (DOLs) have very different online characteristics – those who tend to initiate online conversations, those that tend to create new content, those that tend to propagate …

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SMA Awareness Month: How pharma and digital solutions can improve patient care

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare disease affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord. It’s a debilitating condition that affects 1 per 8,000 to 10,000 people worldwide, impacting their ability to walk, eat, and breathe. SMA Type 1 represents an estimated 50% of all cases, for which life expectancy is less than …

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Abbott bags FDA okay for AI-based heart imaging software

The FDA has approved an artificial intelligence-based imaging software developed by Abbott that is used to help physicians carry out procedures like implanting stents to open up narrowed blood vessels in the heart.  Abbott‘s Ultreon software is billed as a first-of-its-kind platform that is designed to be used with optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging …

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FDA gives breakthrough status to Biofourmis’ heart failure DTx

A digital therapeutic for patients with heart failure has been awarded breakthrough device status by the FDA – said by its developer Biofourmis  to be the first time the US regulator has given this designation for this type of product. Boston-based Biofourmis claimed the accolade for its BiovitalsHF prescription digital therapeutic (DTx), which is used …

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Self-service patient registration isn’t just for the pandemic

Consumer-led care hit its stride during the pandemic. COVID-19 unlocked healthcare’s digital front door, giving patients more control over how and when they schedule and manage appointments. Unfortunately, while digital patient access has made navigating the healthcare system more convenient and flexible in many ways, consumers are discovering that one of the more frustrating aspects …

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NIH digital tool aims to boost enrolment into Alzheimer’s studies

With a string of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease making their way through late-stage clinical testing, the demand for suitable subjects to enrol into trials is running at an all-time high – and threatens to outstrip supply. Now, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) – part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) – …

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Amwell dials in deals worth $320m to buy two digital health players

US telehealth group Amwell has agreed to buy two digital health specialists – SilverCloud Health and Conversa Health – as it looks to expand its services amid a boom in virtual healthcare delivery. SilverCloud specialises in digital cognitive behavioural health programmes aimed at people with mental health issues like anxiety and depression, while Conversa offers …

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Why digital doctors are crucial for the future of primary care

Our primary care system is weathering a storm on several fronts. Demand is skyrocketing, with GPs delivering millions more appointments than in previous years and workload far outstripping pre-Covid-19 levels. Dr Dan Bunstone explores how innovation can help GPs overcome the current capacity squeeze in primary care and tackle patient backlog. Despite the misconception that general …

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UK’s Peppy raises £6.6m for workplace digital health platform

A £6.6 million ($9.2 million) cash injection for UK digital health company Peppy will be used to scale up its business-to-business platform and expand its reach and range of services. The Series A financing, led by Felix Capital, will help the company reach more organisations and people in the UK, and also allow it to …

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COVID-19: We don’t need another hero

We’ve all got used to hailing healthcare staff as heroes over the past year. Of course they deserve every ounce of admiration, even though many are uncomfortable with the adulation. But the bigger question is whether this heroic status really represents a healthy situation? Someone once advised me that, when conducting due diligence on a …

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Aptar makes digital health play, agreeing deal to buy Voluntis

Drug delivery specialist Aptar Group has agreed a deal to take a near two-thirds share in Voluntis, a French developer of digital therapeutics (DTx), with a view to taking full control of the company later this year. Illinois-headquartered Apar – which makes inhalers, syringe components, eye drop bottles and other delivery systems for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics …

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Google’s DeepMind puts human proteome online for free

The most complete database of protein structures ever assembled, developed with the help of Google’s artificial intelligence unit DeepMind, has been made freely available to researchers around the world. DeepMind partnered with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to come up with the AlphaFold database, which predicts the three-dimensional structures of the human proteome – …

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Virtual reality therapy: The future of chronic pain management?

Could virtual reality tools be effective in helping patients ‘unlearn’ their chronic pain? pharmaphorum speaks to Professor Christopher Eccleston from the University of Bath’s Centre of Pain Research to find out how digital therapeutics are shaping the future of pain management. A digital software developed by Finnish drugmaker Orion is aiming to address chronic pain …

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Happify launches Ensemble DTx for depression, anxiety in US

Happify Health has launched a prescription digital therapeutic (DTx) – called Ensemble – that can assist the treatment of people with both major depressive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder in the US market. The 10-week smartphone or PC based programme is the first and only prescription DTx for both indications, which according to the digital …

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Digital mental health specialist Woebot raises $90m

Investments in digital health firms are running high at the moment, and a $90 million round for four-year-old Woebot and its artificial intelligence-powered platform for people with mental health ties firmly into that trend. The California-based startup has now raised $114 million from investors, and says it will use the new cash injection to further …

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Crowdsourced science refines AI prediction of clinical trial outcomes

Think of the R&D dollars that could be saved if artificial intelligence (AI) modelling could tell you at an early stage whether a drug was likely to succeed in clinical trials, and ultimately reach the market. In 2019, a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US came up with just such a …

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Computer model simulates COVID infection, and treatment

Researchers in Canada have built a computer model that replicates how the human immune system interacts with the COVID-19 virus, and can predict whether drugs or vaccines will have an impact on the infection. The team from the University of Waterloo in Ontario say the “in silico” model could be used as a pre-screening tool …

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Dopavision raises €12m for DTx to tackle myopia epidemic

Digital therapeutics (DTx) startup Dopavision has raised funding to develop its lead product, an app designed to slow the progression of myopia – or short-sightedness – in children or adolescents. The €12 million series round, led by Seventure Partners and backed by investors including Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim and Abbax Health, will be used to fund …

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Healthware Group appoints Giovanni Loria as chief financial officer

Giovanni Loria has joined global digital health innovation organisation Healthware Group as its new chief financial officer. He will be responsible for the overall financial management and will play a pivotal role in driving long-term business and strategic growth, supporting the company in its future evolution. Loria said: “I am delighted to join the Healthware …

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Virtual GP clinics – are they accessible as they need to be?

As the the pandemic accelerates a move towards remote doctors appointments, work still needs to be done to ensure that digital healthcare is easy and accessible. Sam Jansen explores the practical steps needed to ensure people are comfortable with virtual clinics and the tech involved. Behind the swathe of headlines lauding the way in which …

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Elekta to work with academics on AI-directed radiotherapy

Radiotherapy specialist Elekta has joined forces with two academic groups in the Netherlands to explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver more effective personalised therapy to patients.  The Swedish company will collaborate with scientists at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and University of Amsterdam (UvA) on a project that aims to use AI to …

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AI-driven ‘clock’ predicts aging-related illness and mortality

Scientists in the US have developed an artificial intelligence-powered ‘clock’ that can estimate a person’s chance of developing an illness or dying based on the pattern of cytokines in their blood. The “inflammatory age” or iAge clock – described in the journal Nature Aging – uses a snapshot of the level of chronic inflammation in …

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How’s my driving? GPS tracking spots Alzheimer’s with 86% accuracy

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease is still a challenge, particularly in its earliest stages, but a new study suggests that subtle changes in behaviour whilst driving could serve as an early warning system. The researchers used GPS logging devices and machine learning as “digital biomarkers” to compare the driving of people who have preclinical Alzheimer’s but are …

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Digitisation key to improving mental health services in England; report

Faced with a looming mental health crisis, the UK government has been urged to invest in the digitisation of service provision across the NHS in England in a new report from think tank Future Care Capital. The study’s author – FCC’s head of policy and research Dr Peter Bloomfield, argues that there has been a …

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How digital pathways are changing healthcare

As demonstrated throughout COVID, digital health is no longer experimental. Digital technologies are proving their value by allowing for better care, improved adherence and a more connected ecosystem between doctors, patients and pharma. Ampersand Health has been working in the space since 2015 and has seen it evolve from a niche approach with limited acceptance …

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Sonde Health partners with Qualcomm on vocal biomarker tech

Sonde Health has joined forces with chipmaker Qualcomm to develop a technology platform that could diagnose human health conditions from a short sample of speech.  The two companies will make sure that Sonde Health’s vocal biomarker platform is optimised for use with Qualcomm chips used to power 5G mobile devices, saying this could unlock a …

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Gates Foundation backs COVID R&D at AI firm Exscientia

Artificial intelligence-based drug discovery company Exscientia is stepping up its search for new COVID-19 medicines, thanks to an award by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The $1.5 million grant will be used to develop a new class of small-molecule inhibitors of Mpro , a protease enzyme essential for the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. …

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Digital health investment has skyrocketed; now expect consolidation

A record $14.7 billion in investments was injected into US digital health companies in the first half of this year, overtaking the entire amount raised in 2020 in just six months. The half saw no fewer than 372 deals with an average size of almost $40 million, with 59% of them worth more than $100 …

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Unsure whether to get a COVID-19 jab? Just ask Vira!

With COVID-19 vaccine hesitance an increasing concern in the US, researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed a chatbot – called Vira – that aims to explode myths about vaccination. Worried that COVID-19 vaccines have serious side effects that are being covered up, or vaccines are being used to track the population? Or just uncertain whether …

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Pharma execs join DigitalEurope’s new health council

Senior figures from GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Bayer, and Johnson & Johnson have been named to an 18-strong executive council for health at DigitalEurope – a trade association representing the tech industry. The new council has been set up to help drive the adoption of digital approaches that could help deliver personalised care, improve disease monitoring and …

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Merck partners neuroloop on bioelectronic device for inflammation

Merck KGaA has joined forces with a unit of medtech firm B Braun – neuroloop – on a way to treat inflammatory diseases using neurostimulator devices. The German drugmaker will work with startup neuroloop on bioelectronics, put simply the harnessing of electrical stimulation to treat human disease, with a focus on chronic conditions like arthritis …

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PRISYM ID joins Siemens Digital Industries Software Solution

The two firms are collaborating to create a unique, end-to-end labeling solution tailored for medical device organizations Wokingham, United Kingdom — 22nd June 2021 — Labeling software specialist PRISYM ID has joined the Siemens Digital Industries Software Solution Partner Program. Together with Siemens, they are working on a new hybrid solution designed to digitally integrate all labeling processes with …

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PRISYM ID joins Siemens Digital Industries Software Solution

The two firms are collaborating to create a unique, end-to-end labeling solution tailored for medical device organizations Wokingham, United Kingdom — 22nd June 2021 — Labeling software specialist PRISYM ID has joined the Siemens Digital Industries Software Solution Partner Program. Together with Siemens, they are working on a new hybrid solution designed to digitally integrate all labeling processes with …

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Manchester joint venture will trial Morningside’s digital health portfolio

The University of Manchester has formed a joint venture with Morningside to carry out clinical trials of various digital health technologies developed by the investment group’s portfolio companies.  Health Innovation Manchester and its Academic Health Science Centre are also participating in the JV, which will focus on digital diagnostics and interventions that could play a …

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Manchester joint venture will trial Morningside’s digital health portfolio

The University of Manchester has formed a joint venture with Morningside to carry out clinical trials of various digital health technologies developed by the investment group’s portfolio companies.  Health Innovation Manchester and its Academic Health Science Centre are also participating in the JV, which will focus on digital diagnostics and interventions that could play a …

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Deep 6 AI: the smart software breathing new life into clinical trials

Wout Brusselaers has spent his life on a quest to achieve one career goal—to work with smart people on a meaningful project that makes a difference to people’s lives. This mission saw him become a diplomat in the Middle East, a McKinsey consultant in Asia, and take on roles in international intelligence before realizing he could use his knowledge and skills in solving …

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MIOTIFY platform for digital health products clears AZ road test

Teasing out complex relationships within data lies at the heart of any digital health intervention, but finding the algorithms to do so reliably – and making sure they will be acceptable to regulators – can be a challenge. UK company MIOTIFY has developed a web-based software platform that product teams can use to configure medical …

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Pandemic paves way for innovative hybrid healthcare

While the heroic abilities of the NHS have been on display throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the last year has also exposed the longstanding limitations and frailties of our underfunded healthcare system, says Maya Ward. With an estimated 100,000 unfilled posts and staff turnover expected to increase due to emotional exhaustion, the health service’s workforce stands …

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Privacy issues widespread with digital health apps, says BMJ

Developers of mobile health apps are comprehensively failing to safeguard the privacy of users, according to a study by researchers in Australia. The team from Macquarie University compared 15,000 free mobile health (mHealth) apps available on the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices to those found in 8,000 non-health apps, finding “serious problems …

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Transforming pharma R&D with a scientist-centric approach to AI & automation

As biopharmaceutical products have become increasingly complex, both in design and in regulatory requirements, we need a new way of working. Markus Gershater looks at how automation and artificial intelligence (AI) can transform pharma R&D. Due to increasing complexity in R&D, pharma teams are under pressure to drive down costs and speed up time to …

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Exscientia buys Allcyte to add patient sample testing to its AI platform

UK-based artificial intelligence pioneer Exscientia has made a play to stay at the forefront of the field, acquiring Austrian rival Allcyte with the help of its recent $525 million financing. The €50 million ($61 million) deal – in cash and stock – will give Exscientia ownership of a technology platform that takes patient samples and …

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A roadmap for adopting New Science 

The pandemic’s disruption galvanised the biopharma industry into unprecedented action, demonstrating what’s possible when the global scientific community collaborates in exceptional ways and public-private partnerships drive innovation to address a common need. Can the biopharma industry step up again to shatter industry orthodoxy and create new pathways for innovation, access, and affordability? The adoption of …

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Scottish dads set for mental health app, thanks to Movember funding

A Scottish charity has been awarded funding from the Movember men’s health campaign to develop an app to support fathers with mental health concerns. Father’s Network Scotland (FNS) has claimed a share of a £1.86 million ($2.6 million) funding pot earmarked for the development of digital and tech ideas that can help men tackle the …

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Accord launches app to help cancer patients manage symptoms

Accord Healthcare has introduced a new app in the UK designed to help people undergoing treatment for cancer maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. The Unify Health app helps patients understand their illness, track symptoms and treatment progress, receive tips on health habits and importantly can also be used to connect patients with local pharmacists …

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Keeping clinical trial data safe – handling cybersecurity in a risky world

The development of vaccines for COVID-19 has been a masterclass in effective collaboration and applied digitisation in healthcare. However the increased complexity and involvement of different parties, exposes manufacturers to heightened threat levels. Abel Archundia discusses how COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of securing clinical trials against cyber threats. A process that historically would have …

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Trial finds Orion digital therapeutic helps chronic pain sufferers

A digital therapeutic aimed at people with chronic lower back pain based on virtual reality (VR) has shown encouraging results in a clinical trial, helping patients manage the fear of movement that can reduce their activity and impede recovery. The therapy uses a VR headset to guide people with chronic pain through a series of …

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packaging Congress 2021

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Packaging Congress (PHARMAP 2021) will be held on the 28th – 29th of June, 2021 at the BGS online platform. CIOs and directors of pharmaceutical companies and laboratories, research and manufacturing directors, clinicians, IT project managers, heads from manufacturing and packaging pharma technology companies will gather to discuss the Manufacturing and Packaging …

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Roivant spinout Datavant merges with Ciox to form $7bn health data giant

Datavant and Ciox Health have agreed a merger that will create what they claim will be the largest health data company operating in the US market. The combined company – which will take the Datavant name – will be worth around $7 billion and have annual revenues of around $700 million, according to the two …

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NHS patient data upload delayed by two months, says UK

The UK’s decision to set back the start date of a new patient data-sharing scheme by two months has been welcomed by privacy campaigners, who have claimed it was being rushed through without sufficient public scrutiny. The centralised database of medical records from 55 million people was due to come online on 1 July, but …

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Carbon Health buys virtual diabetes clinic firm Steady Health

US healthcare group Carbon Health has made a move into digital care for patients with chronic conditions, buying diabetes-focused startup Steady Health. Steady Health has developed a platform that combines a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device with real-time, online coaching from endocrinologists, with the objective of improving management of diabetes and reducing the risk of …

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Digital fabric could be used to measure health data

Researchers in the US have developed a wearable fabric that can sense, store and analyse data that could be used to measure physiological functions or detect illness. The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim this is the first example of a fabric which can record data in a digital rather than in an …

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Pharma Supply Chain Conference Virtual

Join us for an interactive, one-day digital event, where VPs, Directors and Heads of Supply Chain and Logistics come together to share their experiences, brainstorm challenges and take advantage of new opportunities in the global pharma supply chain industry. Helping you transform, redefine and innovate your supply chain strategy during these unprecedented times and beyond. …

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FDA grants swift approval to Cognoa’s digital device for autism diagnosis

The FDA has approved a digital device developed by Cognoa that can be used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD), just a few weeks after it was filed for approval. Cognoa says the artificial intelligence (AI) based device is the first to be authorised by the US regulator that can help doctors diagnose autism in …

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BIO-Europe Spring Digital: Big data and AI panel discussion

The combination of big data and artificial intelligence/machine learning is a powerful one and nowhere more so than in healthcare. As part of BIO-Europe Spring Digital, pharmaphorum founder Dr. Paul Tunnah moderated a panel discussion about big data, AI and applications in the real world. The expert panel explored the evolving applications of big data …

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EU’s COVID jab certificate scheme goes live in seven countries

The first batch of EU countries have started recognising the vaccination status of travellers using digital vaccine certificates as the bloc moves towards freeing up travel ahead of the summer period. Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Croatia and Poland are the first to start using the scheme, which will allow people who have been …

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Digital health accelerator launches to plug “pharma-startup gap”

A new accelerator programme has launched with the aim of improving engagement between digital health startups and pharmaceutical companies, which sometimes can be held back by the different ways in which the two sectors operate. The PharmStars programme – set up by Naomi Fried and Laura Gunn (pictured above left to right) – claims to …

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BIO-Europe Spring Digital: Nerida Scott, J&J’s EMEA Innovation Head

At this year’s BIO-Europe Spring Digital, pharmaphorum founder Dr. Paul Tunnah participated in an ‘In conversation’ chat with Nerida Scott, head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, EMEA. Nerida discussed the latest trends in healthcare and how they’ve influenced Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s (JJI’s) approach to collaboration. She highlighted the importance of digital solutions and data …

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Are microtaggants the key to making medicines smarter?

Pharmaceutical companies are accountable for ensuring that their medicine is safe when it comes into the hands of patients. The dramatic rise in online drug sales during the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the supply of counterfeit drugs, and many companies are now considering the addition of on-dose authentication for high-risk or high-value products. To implement …

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Babylon Health may go public via blank cheque company merger; report

Digital health player Babylon Health is exploring a merger with a so-called ‘blank cheque’ company as a route to a public listing, according to a Swedish investment group. Kinnevik AB – which holds a 16% stake in Babylon – said that a transaction with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) is being explored and may or …

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Axtria scores $150m investment from Bain Capital Tech Opportunities

Life sciences software company Axtria has received a $150 million investment from Bain Capital Tech Opportunities to expand its suite of AI-platforms for omnichannel commercial operations. Founded in 2010, Axtria has emerged as a disruptive leader in the life sciences software space and recognised for its growth in the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, …

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Bayer backs Ada Health’s symptom checker app in $90m financing

Ada Health has received another endorsement for its app to help patients diagnose conditions from symptoms, raising an impressive $90 million in funding from investors including the venture capital arm of Bayer.  Leaps by Bayer was joined by Samsung Catalyst Fund, Vitruvian Partners, Inteligo Bank, F4 and Mutschler Ventures in the second-round financing of the …

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Now what? The future of clinical trials after the pandemic

Sheila Rocchio highlights four key areas life sciences must improve on as an industry to drive real change in how clinical trials are conducted. This is definitely a time for the life sciences industry to be proud of our accomplishments. The way in which the industry came together to support the development of the COVID-19 …

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Akili raises $110m to build its digital therapeutics pipeline

Digital health player Akili has raised $110 million fourth-round funding, backed by a number of pharma groups, as it works towards extending its product range beyond its flagship EndeavorRx app. EndeavorRx became the first and so far only approved prescription video game treatment in the US when it was cleared by the FDA last year …

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Digital health firm Hello Tomo snapped up by ICAS World

A UK tech firm with an NHS-commissioned mental health app – Hello Tomo – has been acquired by ICAS World, a company specialising in providing employee health and wellbeing services.  Hello Tomo is described as a behaviour change tool for mental health and wellbeing that aims to help users maintain healthy habits, and according to …

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COVID jab rollout provides short opportunity for pharma to build trust

After decades of struggling with poor public perception, the pharma industry has an opportunity to generate stronger connections with consumers than ever thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine drive – but it will have to move quickly.  That is the conclusion of a Mediahub study which cites recent poll data in the US giving the industry …

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AI, big data and real world evidence – the challenges and opportunities

Real-world evidence (RWE) is emerging as an important area of research to reveal, in real time, new insights and innovations in medicine. A recent pharmaphorum webinar, held in partnership with Savana and BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health, heard that RWE is also accelerating the development of new and innovative therapies …

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As India battles COVID, Qure.ai deploys AI diagnostic for hard-pressed doctors

Indian digital health company Qure.ai is making an artificial intelligence-driven diagnostic app available to doctors scrambling to cope with escalating COVID-19 cases and deaths. With the help of health-focused non-governmental organisation (NGO) PATH, Qure is providing its AI bot for interpreting chest X-rays to physicians across India on the Telegram messaging app. India is already …

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Study finds Germany trails Spain and the US in digital health

Germany is lagging behind other countries in the adoption of digital health, including Spain and the US, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of drugmaker Fresenius.  The three-country poll found that Spain is way out in front, with over half of people asked responding that digital is already playing a major role …

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Vinehealth earns CE marks for cancer management apps

UK digital health firm Vinehealth has won a CE mark for a mobile app that helps cancer patients manage their medications and care, as well as a sister web-based app aimed at clinicians.  The Vinehealth Cancer Companion – originally developed by neurologist Dr Rayna Patel and Georgina Kirby, the company’s co-founders – uses behavioural science …

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BMS embraces AI drug discovery with $1.2bn Exscientia alliance

Exscientia has signed up another big pharma partner for its artificial intelligence (AI) based drug discovery platform, this time attracting a $50 million upfront buy-in from Bristol-Myers Squibb.  BMS wants to harness Exscientia’s tech to discover small-molecule drugs across a range of therapeutic categories – including immunology and oncology – and is promising another $125 …

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Healthcare bills to pay? Let hi.health pick up the tab

Just over a year ago, hi.health launched an app that takes the legwork out of submitting reimbursement claims to private health insurers. Now, the startup has taken another leap forward, settling users bills immediately.  Fredrik Debong The addition to the hi.health app acts as a digital health expense account, according to the company’s co-founder and …

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The Online Safety Bill: a step towards digitally safe mental health support

The UK government’s Online Safety Bill has been a hot and contentious topic of discussion over the past year, but last week it was finally announced and included in the Queen’s Speech. For Mental Health Awareness Month, Tim Barker looks at why a new bill could be a step towards digitally safe mental health support.  …

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Healios raises £7m to expand digital mental health services

Digital therapy specialist Healios has raised £7 million in new financing that will be used to expand its suite of mental health services, at a time when demand is soaring in the NHS. The London-based company has developed a virtual care platform that delivers a range of services targeted at children and young people with …

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Key insights for a successful first-time product launch

Pre-commercial & Emerging pharma companies may not think they have the resources to match the launch strategies of big pharma. But with the proper planning and an agile approach, they can be more successful than they realise, says Veeva’s Ian Hale. He takes us through the challenges of a successful launch and explains what pre-commercial …

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Double ransomware attack targets Irish healthcare system

Criminals have launched a ransomware attack against the Department of Health in Ireland, shortly after a similar cyberattack shut down much of the IT infrastructure at the Health Service Executive (HSE).  The Irish government confirmed the latest attempt yesterday, two days after the HSE was hit by a new variant of the Conti ransomware virus …

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Health Innovators: Teresa Arroyo-Gallego, nQ Medical

In this episode of our Health Innovators series, Paul Tunnah is joined by Teresa Arroyo-Gallego, chief data scientist at artificial intelligence technology company nQ Medical. As a researcher in the biomedical engineering lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Teresa leads a team developing the neuroQWERTY technology to detect early signs of motor decline in …

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Chiesi launches online platform to support respiratory nurses

Drugmaker Chiesi has set up an online community to provide support to respiratory nurses, who have faced unprecedented challenges in the last year as they helped to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.  The educational platform – called Together In Respiratory – has been designed as a place for nurses and other healthcare professionals to “come together, …

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Why health tech is a win for mental health

For Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May 2021 – 16 May 2021) myGP discusses the benefits of the healthcare system becoming digitised and the impact this will have on mental health care.  The UK government has pledged an ambitious programme of revolutionising mental health over the next three years, seeing all mental health service providers …

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Exscientia starts trials of AI-designed Alzheimer’s drug

Exscientia has advanced a drug candidate for Alzheimer’s disease into human testing, the third clinical-stage project for the UK specialist in artificial intelligence (AI) based drug discovery.  The new molecule – called DSP-0038 – is being developed by Japan’s Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma (DSP), which is now starting a phase 1 trial in the US as …

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Birdie raises $11.5m to develop care at home app

The care technology firm Birdie has raised $11.5 million to develop its app to help providers deliver elderly care at home. In a statement the UK firm said the fundraiser led by international VC Index Ventures and with participation from Kamet Ventures will be used to grow its business and develop its product. Birdie said …

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Is digital mental health the key to tackling a deepening crisis?

In an exclusive feature for pharmaphorum, British Liberal Democrat politician, solicitor and mental health campaigner Sir Norman Lamb discusses why digital mental health services can help tackle the escalating mental health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe negative effect on the population’s mental health across the globe. We know that government measures like …

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NICE’s Office for Digital Health opens its doors

UK cost-effectiveness agency NICE has this week officially opened the Office for Digital Health, one of the pillars of its five-year strategy out to 2026.  The in-house team of advisors has been set up by the health technology assessment (HTA) agency to spearhead its policy on digital health technologies (DHTs) – including apps, programmes and …

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Walmart to acquire telehealth firm MeMD

Walmart is to acquire telehealth provider MeMD, the companies announced as the retail giant continues with its move into digital healthcare. In statement, Walmart said it wants to use data and technology to improve engagement with healthcare services, health equity and outcomes. Over the coming months the acquisition will allow Walmart to provide access to …

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Silence Tx uses game to raise thalassaemia awareness

UK biotech Silence Therapeutics has launched an online game to raise the profile of the rare blood disorder thalassaemia, and one of its most common symptoms.  Blood Run Beta can be played online at www.bloodrunbeta.game and has been launched in the build-up to International Thalassaemia Day on Saturday 8 May. It aims to help players learn …

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FDA extends tie-up with CN Bio to test ‘lung-on-a-chip’ tech

The FDA has extended a collaboration with the UK firm CN Bio to investigate a “lung-on-a-chip” model to investigate inhaled drugs. In a statement the firm said the move follows the success of a pilot project to assess the performance of the technology. Based in Cambridge, UK, CN Bio has been working with the FDA …

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A digital health roadmap for pharma, medical devices and insurance tech

COVID-19 has massively accelerated the uptake of digital health technology across the whole ecosystem, with important implications for pharma, medical device and insurance tech companies. The key trends for these sectors are identified and analysed in a new white paper from Healthware Group that offers guidance on how companies can best adjust to the new …

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Vicore signs deal with Alex to develop digital therapeutic to support IPF patients

Rare disease specialist Vicore Pharma has signed an agreement with Alex Therapeutics to test a digital therapeutic designed to provide cognitive behavioural therapy support to patients with the lung scarring disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The agreement allows for a clinical development programme for Vicore’s digital therapeutic (DTx) VP04. Vicore will own all rights to …

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Kaia Health raises $75m for digital musculoskeletal disease therapy

Kaia Health has raised a further $75m to expand its AI-based treatment for Musculoskeletal (MSK) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The company’s technology is based on motion-capture technology that can be used on an everyday smartphone to give feedback about exercises and physical therapy. Kaia said that the pandemic has accelerated demand and says …

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Kaia Health gets $75m for digital solution to strains and pains of pandemic workplace

Kaia Health has just announced a $75 million funding round for its technology, aimed at improving musculoskeletal (MSK) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care. Founder and CEO Konstantin Mehl spoke to pharmaphorum’s news editor Richard Staines about why these treatments will be in demand as the world emerges from the pandemic. To say that …

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3rd Annual Blood-Brain Barrier Summit

The 3rd Annual Blood-Brain Barrier Summit is dedicated to helping drug developers enhance drug delivery across the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) to enable effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Now in its third year, this digital forum is the industry’s definitive blood-brain barrier conference, focused exclusively on evaluating innovative approaches to tackling the single biggest challenge for …

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The 3rd Annual Blood-Brain Barrier Summit Returns in August 2021

The Blood-Brain Barrier Summit will take place online from June 28-30, 2021. This Hanson Wade event is aimed at experts looking to deliver CNS drug candidates safely and successfully across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). It will enable them understand the biology of the BBB, explore the latest technological innovations and develop more predictive preclinical models. …

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The role of data science and text mining in the search for new therapies

Today, most drug discovery programmes begin with the identification and validation of disease modifying biological targets. The primary way to uncover these targets is through searching and reviewing published scientific literature. Eric Gilbert explores how data science techniques like text mining are speeding up research into areas such as pancreatic cancer. The increasing rate of …

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Kry secures $300m to expand virtual GP consultation services in Europe

Digital healthcare firm Kry has secured a €262 million ($300m) investment to expand its app-based virtual GP consultation services in Europe. Operating as Livi in the UK and France said the Series D funding roud was led by CPP Investments and Fidelity Management & Research, with participation from existing investors including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension …

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Can your typing patterns reveal if you have Alzheimer’s?

The neuroQWERTY technology can analyse people’s typing for signs of motor conditions like Parkinson’s disease – and now the team behind it is looking to expand into the notoriously-difficult area of dementia. Teresa Arroyo-Gallego tells us about the science behind the technology and how the team hopes to reshape cognitive screening.  While many disease areas …

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Jolly Good/Teijin Pharma develop VR digital therapeutics for depression

Technology firm Jolly Good and Teijin Pharma have begun a partnership to develop virtual reality digital therapeutics (VR DTx) for major depressive disorder. The goal of the partnership for approval for the Japanese market from the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Jolly Good has already won a “Home Healthcare Award” in a programme held …

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AI is having a productive time in pharma and healthcare

Two years ago the use of AI in pharma and healthcare looked to be quickly heading for what Gartner’s Hype Cycle model would term the Plateau of Productivity. After the COVID-powered digital transformations of both pharma and healthcare, there can be little doubt that artificial intelligence is already having a productive time across our sector. …

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Ohio is third state to fund Pear’s digital therapeutics to tackle addiction

A third US state has agreed to fund Pear Therapeutics’ digital therapeutics (DTx) to treat people with substance and opioid use disorders.  The company has been pushing for more reimbursement of its three marketed DTx products in the US following a first FDA approval in 2017. Pear said that the Ohio Department of Mental Health …

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physIQ licenses virtual trial tech to Janssen in multi-year deal

Biosensor firm physIQ has licensed its technology to Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen pharma unit in a multi-year deal, to investigate use of wearable sensors in virtual clinical trials. Janssen will be able to scale up use of Chicago-based physIQ’s biosensors to support both R&D and commercial activities. The pharma company will use the technology known …

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Seqster bags $12m funding for patient data platform

Digital health player Seqster has raised $12 million in first-round financing that will be used to develop its data platform, which aims to put all a patient’s medical history in one easily-accessible place.  The Series A was led by OmniHealth Holdings, with repeat investor Takeda and Anne Wojcicki – chief executive and founder of genetic …

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Healthware acquires UK creative motion lab and consultancy SWM

Healthware Group has expanded its long-standing collaboration with UK-based SWM by acquiring the creative motion lab and consultancy. Founded in London last year by Francis Mahmud Namouk and Genevieve Robson, SWM (Streaming Well Motion) is an evolution of Streaming Well, the health-focused video agency the duo set up in 2009. SWM managing director Namouk said: …

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Better Therapeutics begins ‘real world’ study of digital diabetes therapy

After announcing plans to go public, prescription digital therapeutics (DTx) firm Better Therapeutics has begun a “real world” study to test whether its BT-001 prescription cognitive behavioural therapy tool could change behaviours that are the root cause of type 2 diabetes. The company has begun the open-label, non-randomised, controlled study to test whether the durability …

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Microsoft puts AI at heart of digital health strategy with Nuance deal

Microsoft has made its aspirations in digital health clear with a whopping $19.7 billion deal to buy Nuance Communications and its artificial intelligence platform for speech recognition that is increasingly being used for clinical applications.  The $56 per share deal is all about increasing Microsoft’s position in digital health, and represents a hefty multiple on …

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AXA partners Microsoft on ‘all-in-one’ digital health platform

European insurance giant AXA has stepped up an alliance with Microsoft to develop an international digital health platform on the back of successful pilots in Germany and Italy last year.  The aim is to develop an “all-in-one” digital platform featuring a self-assessment tool, a personalised medical concierge service for appointment booking, and teleconsultations, along with …

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GDPR represents an “urgent threat” to the EU’s research leadership role

More than 5,000 collaborative studies were thwarted by GDPR rules in 2019 – but is there a way to protect sensitive data while still allowing international health research to thrive?  A coalition of European academy networks has called upon European Union (EU) leaders to rethink how General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules are applied to …

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AI device cleared by FDA to spot lesions during colonoscopy

The FDA has approved the first artificial intelligence-powered device that can be used to help identify colorectal lesions during the millions of colonoscopies carried out each year in the US.  Cosmo Pharma’s GI Genius is a hardware and software bundle that overlays the images generated by an endoscope camera with green marker squares – accompanied …

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Apple, Google block NHS contact tracing app update on privacy grounds

A scheduled update to the NHS COVID-19 app has been blocked because it allows location tracking – something prohibited by Apple and Google, which developed some of the code it uses.  The new version of the app used in England and Wales was due to become available today to coincide with the relaxation of lockdown …

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Exscientia starts trials of first AI-derived cancer immunotherapy

Exscientia was the first company to start human trials of a new drug designed using artificial intelligence (AI) last year, and now says it has started testing of the first AI candidate for immuno-oncology.  Oxford, UK-based Exscientia has been working with German biotech Evotec on the adenosine A2a receptor antagonist, which is being tested as …

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Healx deploys its AI in hunt for Friedreich’s ataxia therapies

UK artificial intelligence specialist Healx has begun a partnership with two medical charities that aims to uncover new therapies for the neurodegenerative disease Friedreich’s ataxia (FA).  Healx has joined forces with Ataxia UK and the US-based Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) on the project, and will use its AI-powered drug discovery platform Healnet to try …

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Digital tool will be tested against COVID-19 ‘brain fog’

A digital tool used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is being tested to see if it can help counter lingering, fuzzy thinking in COVID-19 survivors, a condition sometimes known as ‘brain fog’. An app called EndeavorRx – developed by PureTech Health-backed Akili Interactive – will be tested in two clinical trials to see if …

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COVID heralds a faster future for drug development (if stakeholders can collaborate)

COVID-19 has been a trial-by-fire showing just how quickly drugs and vaccines can be developed under the right circumstances – but there is much to do to ensure this progress is not lost, said speakers at WIRED Health 2021, including the CEOs of BioNTech and BenevolentAI.  The 2021 WIRED Health conference took a broad view …

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FDA green lights Oxehealth vital signs monitoring software

UK digital health company Oxehealth has claimed FDA approval for software that can be used to remotely measure vital signs like heart and breathing rates from a camera feed.  Oxehealth Vital Signs – which has been approved as a class IIa medical device in Europe since 2018 – operates as part of the company’s Oxevision …

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Wales forms authority to drive digital health in NHS

A new organisation dedicated to increasing the use of digital health in the NHS in Wales has come into being, 18 months after the move was first unveiled by the Welsh government.  Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) – which has emerged from the now defunct NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) – will be tasked …

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Country focus: Hungary carves out a niche in digital pharma

AI simulated cell company Turbine is just one of many digital drug discovery firms on the rise in Hungary. We speak to the company’s CEO and co-founder, Szabolcs Nagy, to find out why moving beyond traditional biotech drug development is a good fit for the country’s ecosystem. Hungarian company, Turbine, is taking an alternative approach …

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J+D Forecasting provides Online Team Pharma Forecasting Training

Following the success of J+D’s face to face training, the content has been redesigned to make it suitable for an online audience. The training can be tailored to individual teams/departments within specific organisations or completed independently. There is a significant need for an improved approach to pharmaceutical forecasting. Improved model design, enhanced usability, efficient processes …

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Tokyo airport trials CommonPass digital health passport

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has begun a trial of its CommonPass app showing a traveller’s COVID-19 status at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. It’s part of efforts by the global travel industry to make cross-border travel easier and safer and is one of several digital health passports being trialled around the world. The idea is to provide …

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Akili’s gaming therapy improves attention in ADHD kids

Akili has published data backing the efficacy of its childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) video game therapy EndeavorRx in the peer-review journal Nature Digital Medicine.  The results come from the STARS-Adjunct trial, an open-label study of EndeavorRx (AKL-T01) that supported approval of the app and video game combination in the US and Europe last year. …

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AI drug discovery player 1910 Genetics debuts with $26m war chest

There’s a new kid on the block among companies using artificial intelligence in drug discovery, after 1910 Genetics launched today with $26 million in financing. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup claims it is the only biotech launched so far that will use AI to design both small-molecule drugs and protein therapeutics, coupled with automated biological testing …

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Health tech and digital transformation lessons from the NHS

In the year since the UK went into its first lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19 the country’s health service has undergone an unprecedented digital transformation.  The NHS quickly scrambled to reduce face-to-face contact between patients and healthcare professionals, and manage demand for services that would soon be overstretched by dealing with the pandemic. …

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COSMIC database matches drugs to cancer mutations

The world’s largest database of cancer mutations can now be used to link mutations with drug treatments in what promises to be a step forward in precision oncology.  The COSMIC (Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer) database, operated by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, grew out of the work of the Cancer Genome Project and has …

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Another UK hospital trials clinical comms platform Bleepa

UK medical imaging firm Feedback has continued its expansion of its digital communication platform Bleepa with a one-year contract with a large UK hospital. The UK’s National Health Service is trying to phase out use of outmoded technologies such as pagers and faxes. But there are concerns that clinical teams are resorting to commercial apps …

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The meaning of digital innovation: the pharmaphorum podcast

This instalment of the podcast considers the meaning of digital innovation, both in pharma and outside the industry, and features digital transformation leader Edwin Erckens. Even though he is currently working in the HR services sector, Edwin started his career at P&G, moved to Heineken, then held regional and global executive IT and digital roles …

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Gamification for patient care, medical education, and virtual engagement

“Gamification” – adding game-like elements into non-game or real-world settings – has become a popular concept in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and event industries, especially as virtual engagement becomes more common during COVID-19. However, it is proving more than a mere buzzword. With diverse applications and approaches, it is quickly becoming a promising tool for patient …

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Barts Health puts real-time mobile data into staff hands

England’s largest NHS Trust, Barts Health, is rolling out a new data analytics app that it says will improve patient care at its five London hospitals. The WeInform app will be used by more than 16,000 employees at the hospitals and various community units, including doctors and nurses, to tap into data that can be …

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Could a smartphone cough app stop future pandemics?

A host of companies are looking at cough apps to detect the presence of COVID-19. But one company called Hyfe wants to take the idea a step further and use them to detect future pandemics, reports Richard Staines.  The pandemic has seen a plethora of digital tools emerge to help manage patients remotely, with the …

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Could a smartphone cough app stop future pandemics?

A host of companies are looking at cough apps to detect the presence of COVID-19. But one company called Hyfe wants to take the idea a step further and use them to detect future pandemics, reports Richard Staines.  The pandemic has seen a plethora of digital tools emerge to help manage patients remotely, with the …

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DeepVerge’s nanochip-based COVID breath test could be ready this year

DeepVerge has announced trial data showing its COVID-19 Microtox BT breath test can deliver accurate results in under 60 seconds, with a potential roll-out later this year if further tests support it. The company has already completed of the system that resembles a breathalyser in phase 1 and phase 2 studies with the SARS-CoV-2 virus …

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DeepVerge’s nanochip-based COVID breath test could be ready this year

DeepVerge has announced trial data showing its COVID-19 Microtox BT breath test can deliver accurate results in under 60 seconds, with a potential roll-out later this year if further tests support it. The company has already completed of the system that resembles a breathalyser in phase 1 and phase 2 studies with the SARS-CoV-2 virus …

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The rise of real-world evidence: unlocking the potential in EHRs

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of health data and how its availability in real time can reveal new insights and innovations that can improve health outcomes for patients. International deep real-world evidence company Savana is on a mission to give health researchers the power to unlock the clinical value embedded within electronic health …

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The rise of real-world evidence: unlocking the potential in EHRs

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of health data and how its availability in real time can reveal new insights and innovations that can improve health outcomes for patients. International deep real-world evidence company Savana is on a mission to give health researchers the power to unlock the clinical value embedded within electronic health …

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Welsh startup Antiverse raises $2m for antibody discovery toolkit

New biotech Antiverse has raised seed funding of £1.4 million ($2 million) to develop its artificial intelligence-based platform for discovering therapeutic antibodies. The Cardiff, Wales startup is combining machine learning and phage display techniques to model antibody-antigen binding and says it can cut the time it takes to develop a drug candidate. It’s one of …

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Cambridge Sleep Sciences’ device is trialled in Parkinson’s

Sleep disturbances are a common feature for people with Parkinson’s disease, and a device developed to help people with insomnia is now being trialled to see if it can improve their sleep quality.  The SleepHub device – developed by Barkby group company Cambridge Sleep Sciences – is on the face of it a box and …

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Life sciences must become cloud-first to seize the science of tomorrow

If the power of the life sciences industry to innovate and collaborate were ever in doubt, the speed at which vaccines for COVID-19 were discovered, developed, trialled, approved and manufactured have confirmed just how dynamic the industry can be. And that dynamism, innovation and collaboration are all qualities that the industry must continue to nurture …

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AI drug discovery firm Valence joins Parkinson’s disease push

Canada’s Valence Discovery has joined a University of Montreal-led project to try to find new drugs to treat the involuntary movement complications that can accompany treatments for Parkinson’s disease.  The go-to treatment for the five million people worldwide with Parkinson’s is levodopa, which replaces the activity of the dopamine neurotransmitter dopamine that gets depleted by …

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MPs slam £37bn NHS Test and Trace as UK endures third lockdown

There is no clear evidence that the UK’s £37 billion NHS Test and Trace programme (NHST&T) has an impact on the pandemic, according to a withering report from an influential committee of MPs. In its report the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) noted that Department of Health and Social Care justified the scale of the investment …

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AI platform says Olumiant could be repurposed for Alzheimer’s

With so many novel drug candidates for Alzheimer’s disease failing in clinical development, researchers in the US have started using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen already-approved therapies for activity against the neurodegenerative disorder.  A team based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has come up with an AI algorithm – called DRIAD (Drug …

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Why pharma isn’t yet achieving digital excellence, and how it can get there

Nearly 70% of HCPs are now digital natives, with no interest in going back to pre-COVID sales engagement methods. To thrive in this environment, pharma needs to move from ad-hoc and reactionary digital transformation to long-term ‘digital excellence’, says Veeva’s Sebastien Noel. COVID has seen pharma sales experience three years’ worth of digital transformation in …

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COVID cough app Hyfe launches in UK and Ireland

A smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to assess the sound of coughing has been launched in the UK, and according to its developer could be an early warning system for COVID-19 and other diseases of the lung.  Hyfe uses acoustic technology to track users’ coughing habits, gauging factors like volume, frequency, amplitude and context, …

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Epillo to pilot blockchain-based DTx with Hydrus7

European digital health firm Epillo is to launch a pilot digital therapeutics (DTx) project in a strategic partnership with US-based blockchain firm Hydrus7 Labs. Epillo’s technology is based around a patient-facing software apps that help patients treat, prevent, or manage the disease. The company said its products help real-time management and monitoring of drug-food constituent …

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Reviv Global and V-Health hope digital passport will reopen Vegas

Reviv Global and partner V-Health Passport are backing their technology to allow the hospitality industry to reopen safely in resorts such as Las Vegas. V-Health Passport makes use of the Code technology from VST Enterprises and was launched with the backing of Zara and Mike Tindall MBE in 2020 as a way of opening up …

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Disney characters will lend a hand to kids during MRI scans

Radiologists in Europe could soon have help keeping children calm as they have MRI scans from Disney favourites like Micky Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and the Little Mermaid. Healthcare tech company Philips has teamed up with Walt Disney Corp to develop custom ambient animations – featuring some of the most-lived characters from Disney, Marvel and …

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Numan buys Vi Health to add digital capabilities

Numan has added to its digital health stable with the acquisition of Sweden’s Vi Health and its suite of tools including an artificial intelligence-powered symptom checker.  UK-based Numan is in the process of building a digital health platform to provide access to medical professionals as well as information on pharmaceutical products and health conditions, around …

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How advanced technology can streamline the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Zebra Technologies healthcare lead Chris Sullivan discusses the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and how technology can streamline the process to combat new variants.  While the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has signified the first signs of light at the end of the tunnel, the reality is that this public health crisis is still far from over. …

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Medable, Seqster pair up on real-world data for remote trials

With COVID-19 forcing a shift towards decentralised trials, two digital health firms – Medable and Seqster – have teamed up to offer ways to also incorporate real-world data into remote study designs.  Decentralised studies reduce or eliminate the need to travel to clinical sites, and the two partners want to go even further by harnessing …

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UCB and Microsoft announce digital drug R&D tie-up

UCB and Microsoft have announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to advance the digitalisation of the Belgian pharma company and accelerate its research efforts. The companies have already been working together on the COVID Moonshot Project, which aimed to create an orally available antiviral to combat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. UCB completed six months’ worth of computational …

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Healthcare’s digital transformation began within weeks of pandemic – report

Healthcare organisations that have been traditionally slow to adopt new technology produced a response to the pandemic that was almost in line with less regulated industries, according to a new report. Findings of research from the cloud communications platform Twilio based on 2,500 enterprise decision makers, including 117 healthcare organisations, showed it took 36 days …

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Otsuka, Click trial digital depression therapy with Google

Otsuka and Click Therapeutics are working with Verily, the healthcare subsidiary of Google owners Alphabet, on a fully remote clinical trial testing a digital therapy as an add-on in adults with severe depression. Otsuka is on a mission to develop digital technology to treat mental illness and broke new ground by marketed Abilify Mycite (aripiprazole) …

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6th Microbiome Movement – Drug Development Summit

Close the Clinical Gap, Discover the Next Generation of Microbiome-based Therapeutics, and Establish New Partnerships to Accelerate Your Research The most comprehensive forum for microbiome drug developers, the Microbiome Movement – Drug Development Summit returns for its sixth iteration! We will continue to unite forward-thinking researchers from the biopharmaceutical and academic communities to pursue the causal role of …

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Livi expands reach for its online consultation app with BMI alliance

An online consultation app developed by Livi is already available for around five million patients in the UK via NHS practices, and is now starting to roll out in the UK’s private healthcare sector. In the latest move in that direction, Livi will now be deployed by BMI Healthcare, the UK’s largest private health chain …

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How Banner Health streamlined digital experience for patients across 29 hospitals

Alexandra Morehouse, chief marketing officer at Banner Health, spoke to MedCity News about how the 29-hospital system made changes to patients’ digital experience amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the types of technology that helped drive the changes.

Arist Optimizes Text Messaging Platform for the Life Sciences Industry

Life sciences organizations can easily send customizable, templated text messages and digital assets without compromising compliance Arist, developers of an innovative enterprise-level text messaging platform for education, training and outreach, has announced that its technology has been optimized to better meet the needs of the life sciences industry. The updated Arist platform enables life sciences …

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Ashfield turns to Popit for digital patient support tool

Ashfield Engage has agreed a deal to incorporate Popit’s digital tools in its patient support programmes, with the aim of improving adherence to treatments.  Finnish startup Popit has developed a device called Popit Sense that clips to a blister pill sheet and uses technology to monitor whether a dose has been taken, sending reminders to …

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NHS Digital tweaks e-referral system to hospitals

NHS Digital has tweaked its electronic referral system, to smoothen the process of  making a hospital appointment. The e-Referral Service (e-RS) is used by primary care doctors to talk to and seek advice from secondary colleagues ahead of making a formal referral. e-RS is an important part of the NHS’ response to the coronavirus crisis …

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LSD biotech MindMed buys digital trial firm HealthMode

Psychedelic medicine biotech MindMed is to acquire digital medicine and therapeutics startup HealthMode for around $32.2 million, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to speed up drug development. The move will also see ex-Pfizer digital medicine executive Dr Daniel Karlin join the MindMed executive team, along with former Google AI guru Bradford Cross. MindMed will …

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No cooling off for pharma digital transformation in 2021

COVID-19 has already proved to be a digital accelerant for the pharmaceutical industry, sparking new ideas into life and lighting a fire underneath existing plans that had, in retrospect, yet to burn brightly. After a year in which the need for digital transformation in pharma reached white heat levels, the sector mustn’t cool off in …

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Livi fights anti-vaxxers with digital patient messaging campaign

Digital health firm Livi is planning to step up its digital campaign to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccines in the UK, with messaging designed to provide accurate information to patients and counter social media messages from anti-vaxxer groups. Through its MJog platform the digital doctor service Livi is supporting the vaccine roll-out by …

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Roche and PatchAi partner on digital tool for cancer patients

Roche’s Italian subsidiary has joined forces with digital health startup PatchAi to roll out an app that aims to support people diagnosed with cancer. Roche and PatchAi have been working together on the Smart Health Companion (SHC), which was launched to oncology and haematology patients in July 2020, and will now step up their collaboration …

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North Korea ‘launched cyber-attack on Pfizer for COVID-19 jab data’

A news agency is claiming that North Korea launched a cyber-attack on Pfizer in a bid to steal information about its BioNTech-partnered COVID-19 vaccine, citing South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). The Yonhap agency said the revelation was made during a closed-door meeting of the intelligence committee of South Korea’s National Assembly. According to recent …

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Alzheimer’s Research UK starts AI-based drug hunt with Exscientia

Medical charity Alzheimer’s Research UK has teamed up with artificial intelligence specialist Exscientia to find new drug treatments for the devastating neurodegenerative disease.  The alliance will see Exscientia work with the charity’s Oxford Drug Discovery Institute (ODDI) to find therapeutics that target the neuroinflammation associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), focusing in particular on the NLRP3 …

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Healthware and Italian cancer institute partner on digital health drive

Healthware Group has partnered with the National Cancer Institute of Naples in Italy to develop and roll out digital health platforms to support research and clinical practice in the treatment of people with cancer. The overall aim of the alliance – which will see Healthware work alongside the NCI’s Pascale Hospital – is to develop …

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Wilmington Healthcare launches new platform to map the formulary landscape

Healthcare intelligence provider Wilmington Healthcare has launched a new platform that enables pharma companies to develop a clear picture of formulary status across therapy areas and territories in the UK.   Known as InFormulary XD, the solution uses a unique blend of data and real-world evidence to provide an objective view of the status of …

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Orexo eyes real-world testing of its modia opioid use disorder app

Orexo will start a new study of its modia app – used to treat people with opioid use disorder – to test how it performs in real-world settings. The Swedish drugmaker has teamed up with consultancy ApexB.io and pharmacy group Magellan Rx Management on the study of the digital therapeutic, which provides tailored cognitive behavioural …

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Health Innovators: Sergey Young on how technology can extend human life

How can humans extend their life span? In the second episode of our Health Innovators series, Paul Tunnah speaks to longevity investor Sergey Young about breakthrough technologies that may overcome the negative effects of ageing. Through his $100m Longevity Vision Fund, Sergey invests in companies developing early diagnostics, precision medicine, digital health solutions, AI-based drug …

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MedLumics raises €18 million for atrial fibrillation device

MedLumics has raised another €18 million (around $22 million) to fund clinical trials of its optically-guided imaging system used to guide a surgical procedure for atrial fibrillation (AF) – a serious heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat.  The Spanish biotech says the latest round – which comes after a $3.8 million first round in …

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer Drug Development Digital Summit

Improving the Safety, Efficacy & Predictability of Monotherapy & Combinatorial Therapies to Fast-track the Discovery & Development of TNBC Treatments to Reach Patients in Need This is the primary industry platform specifically dedicated to providing you insight into the latest developments of safe and efficacious blockbuster therapies to treat triple negative breast cancer. Breast cancer …

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3rd Microbiome Movement – Maternal & Infant Health Summit

Harness the Maternal-Infant Microbiome, Establish New Mechanisms of Action, and Develop Breakthrough Health Products that Proactively Prevent Disease Risk Returning for another year, the 3rd Microbiome Movement – Maternal & Infant Health Summit will unite industry and academics in the exploration of preventative and therapeutic treatment of the microbiome during pregnancy and early life. The …

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EU-funded project encourages use of simulation in drug development

A new EU-funded project called In Silico World aims to encourage the use of simulation for drug and medical device development. The project is coordinated by the University of Bologna and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme that involves more than a dozen partner institutions, including Italian startup InSilicoTrials. It …

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Medidata launches cloud platform to gather clinical trial data from sensors

Medidata has launched Sensor Cloud, a platform to manage a range of sensor and digital health technology data during clinical trials. The New York-based company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of French software firm Dassault Systemes, said the Sensor Cloud integrates Medidata’s existing clinical cloud technology while supporting data collection from the company’s own sources …

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FDA approves Signifier’s obstructive sleep apnoea device

The FDA has approved Signifier Medical Technologies’ prescription-only device eXciteOSA, which uses electrical muscle stimulation to treat obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). In a statement, the regulator said that unlike devices used while patients sleep, this is the first device used while awake that is intended to improve tongue muscle function. In this case it can …

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eConsult gets further £7m to expand NHS digital triage platform

The digital triage platform eConsult that is widely used by NHS GP practices has closed a £7 million funding ($9.6 million) round to expand the service. This latest funding round led by Calculus Capital follows the £5 million from equity investor Gresham Health in October last year. Last year eConsult launched a combined platform with …

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White paper reveals pathway for digital therapeutics use in Italy

A white paper has outlined a pathway that could allow Italy to realise the potential of digital therapeutics (DTx). The official journal of the Smith Kline Foundation, Tendenze Nuove, has published the paper entitled “Digital Therapeutics, an Opportunity for Italy” earlier this month. The book features insights and recommendations from 40 leading experts in the …

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Kaia Health creates new ‘front door’ for MSK pain services

Kaia Health is adding to its offering for patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) pain via a partnership with Premium Partners to create a “front door” for patients in the US. The Kaia Gateway is accessed via Kaia Health’s existing MSK programme. Pain management is a controversial issue in the US, where there is an ongoing crisis …

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Adoption of Digital Health Technologies in the Practice of Behavioral Health

This is the title of a paper published today with co-authors Suepattra May, Caroline Huber, Meaghan Roach, Wade Aubry, Darius Lakdawalla, John Kane, and Felicia Forma. The subtitle is “Qualitative Case Study of Glucose Monitoring Technology“. The abstract is below. Background: Evaluation of patients with serious mental illness (SMI) relies largely on patient or caregiver …

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SurgAR and Medexprim start surgical AR partnership with French hospital

France’s SurgAR has joined with imaging data firm Medexprim to form a three-year partnership with a major hospital in France, to develop augmented reality (AR) software dedicated to laporoscopic surgery. The University Hospital Centre of Clermont-Ferrand has been ranked in the top 20 French hospitals for nine years and has 7,000 staff. SurgAR (Surgical Augmented …

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Modern Health buys mental health startup Kip

Mental health and wellness platform Modern Health has bought the San Francisco-based mental health startup Kip for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2015, Kip connects users with qualified therapists and arms them with the tools to track observations, feedback, and outcomes about their mental health journey. By combining therapy with a mobile app that allows …

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Almirall, Happify partner on digital tool for psoriasis mental health

It’s well recognised that people with psoriasis can develop depression or anxiety, particularly in moderate or severe cases where a sizeable part of the body can have skin lesions. Now, drugmaker Almirall and digital health firm Happify are working on a tool to support mental health in these patients. Almirall is a specialist in psoriasis …

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Genetic screening before prescribing could benefit millions, study finds

Four million UK patients could benefit annually from genetic testing before being prescribed common medicines, according to new research. Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with Boots UK and Leiden University analysed 2019 NHS dispensing data across the UK The goal was to see how many patients are started on new …

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Genetic screening before prescribing could benefit millions, study finds

Four million UK patients could benefit annually from genetic testing before being prescribed common medicines, according to new research. Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with Boots UK and Leiden University analysed 2019 NHS dispensing data across the UK The goal was to see how many patients are started on new …

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COVID drives a customer experience shift in life sciences CRM

The future of life sciences CRM will be defined by rapid digital transformation and a focus on customer experience – and those who stick to old ways of working will be left in the dust, according to new research from Gartner. Gartner’s’ CRM market guide notes that AI, digital scalability and hyper-automation hold the keys …

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COVID drives a customer experience shift in life sciences CRM

The future of life sciences CRM will be defined by rapid digital transformation and a focus on customer experience – and those who stick to old ways of working will be left in the dust, according to new research from Gartner. Gartner’s’ CRM market guide notes that AI, digital scalability and hyper-automation hold the keys …

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Stress not a significant factor in migraine attacks, study finds

New findings from a digital study have challenged the belief that stress is a significant factor in triggering migraine attacks. Results came from a study by the digital health firm Curelator and the University of Calgary, who found that only 7.1% of patients had a majority of their attacks associated with increased levels of perceived …

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What does the future hold for Medical Affairs?

“A new medical affairs communication model is emerging that provides greater collaboration and stakeholder engagement” I am a clinical pharmacist by training, but my interest lies in drug information. I found out about medical communications when working in the Drug Information Center at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. A colleague of mine offered to …

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NeuraMetrix joins with bioaccess to market brain health tool in Latin America

San Francisco’s NeuraMetrix has joined with US contract research organisation (CRO) bioaccess to research and market a brain health monitoring tool based on typing cadence in Latin America. This latest announcement builds on a partnership announced in summer 2019 with N-Strategy Consulting Services to expand the test in the Asia-Pacific region. NeuraMetrix said will work …

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What we’re expecting in 2021, and beyond…

From telehealth to digital trials, customer engagement to healthcare data, Healthware Group outlines the key trends that are expected to shake up digital health this year. Well, it goes without saying, COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid adoption of digital technologies across all industries, most notably in healthcare. There are several important aspects to these …

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Novartis hails digital strategy as profits hold up during pandemic

Novartis has said that its investment in digital technology has helped it to ride out the worst of the pandemic, although sales of some of its newly-launched products have been affected by a fall in prescriptions and hospital visits. The big Swiss pharma still managed to grow sales in Q4 compared with the same period …

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Biden likely to ditch Trump’s plans to relax digital health regulations

President Joe Biden looks likely to ditch the previous administration’s move to create a quicker route to market for digital health products and other devices following the pandemic emergency. After he took office on Wednesday, Biden quickly moved to freeze a raft of Trump policies, including the moves to loosen regulations on devices including digital …

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Nearly half of UK young people buy meds after consulting “Dr Google”

It’s evident that relying on Google for a health diagnosis isn’t a good idea, but it seems a majority of UK people still do – and even buy medicines based on what they find. A new UK survey finds that overall 59% of 1,000 respondents Google their health symptom before consulting a doctor, with 16% …

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Philips makes another digital buy, as Thermo adds COVID-19 test maker

Between them, Royal Philips and Thermo Fisher have been driving a mini M&A spree in the medical technology sector, snapping up three companies in the last few weeks. Dutch electronics giant Philips’ latest move is to acquire Capsule Technologies, which provides software to link data from medical devices and electronic medical records (EMR) within hospitals, …

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Plugging modular content into pharma’s omnichannel strategies

86% of respondents to a recent Veeva survey of pharma and biotech professionals said they are creating a greater volume of content now, compared to six months ago.  Yet while many pharma companies are creating more content than ever before, they also face increased pressure to quickly deliver highly personalised – and compliant – content …

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One in 11 over-65s unwilling to take COVID-19 shot

One in 11 adults aged over 65 have reported a lack of willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a US-based survey. The findings are concerning given that adults in this group are at highest risk for complications from the disease. Findings from part of the Heartline clinical study, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson …

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Careology joins forces with remote care support firm RedArc

Digital cancer care platform Careology has joined forces with RedArc, which provides long-term support for people with serious illnesses. RedArc has a team of registered nurses that provide support and expert advice by phone to people after referral from insurers, trade unions and groups such as trade unions. The new partnership provides RedArc nurses with …

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ViiV launches digital triage service for HIV patients with London hospital

ViiV Healthcare and London’s Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have launched a digital triage service for HIV patients supported by a mobile app. ViiV, a joint venture majority owned by GlaxoSmithKline, with Pfizer and Shionogi as minority shareholders, has been working with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on the service. The new service …

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Pharma digital transformation: customer data expected to play a pivotal role

A new survey highlights the importance of customer reference data to digital transformation and analyses ways pharma companies can improve the quality of their datasets. In a remote world, customer data is more foundational than ever, and Veeva’s 2020 European Customer Reference Data Survey found 91% of organisations view customer data as a global strategic …

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The elective care conundrum – can digital innovation help?

Karina Malhotra from Acumentice explores how digital tech and data could help address the NHS elective care backlog in 2021 and beyond. The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic are going to take a considerable time to repair and nowhere is this more pertinent than in NHS elective care. The impact on elective care has been …

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US eyes permanent change to digital health regulatory path

Developers of digital health tools have benefited from a truncated route to market during the COVID-19 crisis, and that could be made permanent if new FDA guidance is adopted. Pandemic emergency provisions were put in place in March last year to allow certain medical devices to be launched for use by patients without having to …

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UCB backs epilepsy-focused digital heath startup Nile AI

Belgian drugmaker UCB has been steadily building its digital health expertise for several years, and that includes nurturing new projects. One of those is now being launched as a new company – Nile AI – that aims to improve the care of people with epilepsy. UCB is bankrolling Los Angeles-based Nile with €25 million (around …

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Seqster launches new cloud version of virtual trial data tool

Healthcare technology firm Seqster has introduced a new version of its service that aims to help pharma companies work with patients’ data while on virtual clinical trials. Seqster announced the new version of its platform had been launched on the Microsoft Azure cloud at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. The new Seqster 7.1 service …

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W20 acquires data technology firms Swoop and IPM.ai

W20 has begun 2021 by buying data technology firms Swoop and IPM.ai, adding to its rapidly growing list of acquisitions. Representing the ninth acquisition for W2O in just over a year, the company said the acquisitions show its commitment to technology and the role it will play in the future of healthcare. As part of …

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Hackers posted stolen COVID-19 vaccine info online, says EU regulator

Hackers posted stolen confidential information about Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine online, the European Medicines Agency has said in an update. The EMA last month revealed that documents relating to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were stolen in a cyber-attack on its records. Since then the agency has been investigating the incident involving the theft of documents that formed …

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Itamar buys Spry to add wearable to its sleep apnoea detectors

Israeli company Itamar Medical has agreed to acquire Spry Health, aiming to use the US company’s wearable technology to develop a watch-like remote monitor for sleep apnoea, a potentially life-threatening condition. Itamar already markets a sensing device called WatchPAT that attaches to the finger during sleep, measuring vital signs like heart and breathing rate, oxygen …

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European telehealth firm HealthHero buys MyClinic.ie

European telehealth firm HealthHero has bought MyClinic.ie, a rival based in the Republic of Ireland. Already a major telehealth player in Europe, HealthHero’s services cover 20 million people and 1,000 businesses across Europe. The acquisition means HealthHero has a direct-to-consumer offer in Ireland, where it was previously providing services through insurance companies and through businesses …

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2021 – The healthcare changes here to stay

2020 was the year that changed everything, and as the new year begins many are wondering what awaits the world in 2021. Impetus Digital co-founder and CEO Natalie Yeadon reflects on the last 12 months and shares her views on the healthcare, research and digital changes that could be here to stay. I think it …

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Bioclinica boosts digital trial credentials with Saliency buy

With the ink barely dry on its last merger agreement, clinical trial and imaging specialist Bioclinica is on an expansive drive once again, buying digital clinical trial specialist Saliency. Silicon Valley-based Saliency adds an artificial intelligence (AI) powered software platform that speeds up analysis of medical images and is used to support trials of pharmaceuticals …

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EMA will use Panalgo software for real-world data analytics

Six months after rebranding from BHE, Panalgo has won a contract to supply the European Medicines Agency (EMA) with its IHD data analytics platform, pledging to streamline its public health efforts. IHD – or Instant Health Data – will be used by the EMA to carry out data analyses and examine medicinal product utilisation, answer …

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Pfizer deal paves way for approval of ImaginAb’s cancer imaging tech

ImaginAb has signed a deal with Pfizer, which it hopes will help it to gather information necessary for approval of its tumour imaging agent as a medical device in markets in the US and other countries. The California-based company has signed a non-exclusive license with Pfizer to supply its 89Zr CD8 Immuno-PET agent, which can …

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NHS Digital awards £8m COVID record contract to X-lab

The UK government agency NHS Digital has awarded an £8m digital system that processes coronavirus test results to healthcare software specialist X-Lab without competition. According to a tender document, the “extreme urgency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic situation” justified the decision not to open up the contract to competition. The document added that the …

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Further, Trustedoctor merge to provide ‘borderless’ healthcare

Private medical insurance company Further Group has ramped up its presence in digital healthcare by merging with Trustedoctor, a startup that puts patients in contact with medical professionals. Further – which was rebranded from BDU International last year – specialises in providing cross-border health insurance to people across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, …

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