There were several big headlines that caught our eye last week. On the tech side, there was more promising news in the home-based healthcare front, new devices released in the “brain training” industry and plenty of funding raised by startups.
mHealth and Tech
- The $1.3 billion “brain training” industry is expected to be worth $6 billion by 2020.
- A new wearable device boasts it can lower stress levels. Made by Caeden, the bracelet-like device measures response to stress and anxiety by interpreting heart rate variability.
- PharmaVOICE discusses how mHealth devices will improve healthcare and outcomes.
- An artificial intelligence program in Japan did well enough on the college-entrance exam to be admitted into Japanese universities. (To be fair though, the software program had been cramming for the exam since 2011…)
- Digital health startup Wellframe is using digital health tools to help schizophrenia patients manage chronic conditions.
- What is disruptive innovation? Harvard Business Review takes a look at how the phrase can be used inaccurately to describe businesses and why it matters.
- Lumos, a maker of devices and activity monitors in clothing, has raised $10 million in Series B funding. Coming soon: more fitness and apparel from the company that will work with its devices.
- Denmark-based Cortrium raised $1.6 million for a home-based and in-patient health tracking device. Its C3 device monitors a variety of health metrics with a new version promising to include an oxygen saturation and blood pressure feature.
- New York Magazine gives a shout out to mid-century Silicon Alley and some of its quirky inventions. A few of the gems highlighted include picture phones, the world’s first video game and an enormous, special-purpose calculator.
- Anxious for your kids to have their very own activity trackers? One company has created a fitness tracker and an app made just for kids.
- Forget the days of your smartphone being seen as a detriment to your health. An article in The New York Times highlights the five ways your smartphone can help your health.
- One company is showing that healthcare can learn from Moneyball-type statistics and is using the data to improve outcomes.
- Curious how IT and big data are driving personalized medicine? Here are six ways it's taking place.
Pharma and Life Sciences
- Biologists are increasingly becoming the next rockstar designers in the life sciences.
- Big news in the pharma world last week. Sanofi and AstraZeneca agreed to swap 420,000 compounds to boost each other’s R&D efforts.
- Read up on how patient centricity has positive benefits in the pharma and clinical trial communities.
- Nanobots may join the fight against cancer. One researcher wants to inject patients with trillions of nanobots designed to target and fight cancerous cells.
- How does a cancer treatment for children differ from one in adults? The New York Times explores this and other issues in their Patient Voices video about childhood cancer.
- Wondering what will happen if the 21st Century Cares Act is passed? PharmaVOICE explains how the Act holds promise for both patients and the pharma industry.
- A former FDA compliance officer talks about some changes and trends in risk based monitoring. One his takeaways? RBM allows ”a true quality management system.”
- A new medical port implant is helping cancer patients access chemotherapy via improved drug flow. The device sits directly under the skin near the collarbone.
- Amazed by your pet’s seemingly internal GPS? Check out the theories behind how animals navigate long distances relying on their senses.
- Google’s $50 million bet that it can cure heart disease made headlines last week. The company is working with the American Heart Association on the five-year research effort.