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Sept. 2 Media Roundup: Digital Health, Wearables and Big Ideas

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Considering the seemingly neverending stream of life science, pharma and mHealth news, it’s easy to get behind in the latest industry news and trends. With this in mind, we’re excited to bring you our first roundup of some of the recent trending news stories in the life sciences industry.

In the past week, we noticed a steady trend of articles and stories focused on wearables, mHealth devices and startup news. Joe Dustin, a senior solution consultant and one of our resident tech geeks, shared his thoughts on the articles from last week and recommended that -- in particular -- readers be sure to check out the piece about Startup Health. “There is such a vibrant community of healthcare startups in New York City. Startup Health is one and Blueprint Health is another. There is even a Kickstarter for Healthcare and Life Sciences startups! The point is that this industry is growing and you don't have to live in San Francisco to be a part of it.”  

If you haven’t read all of these pieces, here’s a quick overview and the links to get caught up on some of the latest news:

Digital Health News

  • In New York, Startup Health talked about its goals of building 1,000 digital health startups. So far, the company has nurtured 106 young companies that have jointly raised more than $200 million in funding.
  • The founder of Rock Health, a venture fund dedicated to digital health, was in the news and chatted about the future of the field. Overall, the future looks bright for health tech with an enormous $4 billion invested in the market in 2014. 
  • Startup Kindara raised $5.3 million in funding to better understand women’s health and empower women to track ovulation and fertility cycles using the power of big data. 
  • Owlet, the Smart Baby Bootie producer, raised $7 million in Series A funding. The teeny tiny socks that they are selling are worn by infants and will inform you if they stop breathing. 
  • Startup SkinVision received funding to remotely check if you might have skin cancer using smartphone technology and vision algorithms to monitor changes to users’ moles.

Wearables and mHealth

  • In a sign that wearable tech is going mainstream, Ralph Lauren has joined forces with OMSignal to develop a wearable tech shirt that can read vital signs like breathing, heart rates, stress levels and calories burned. Keep an eye out for the shirts at the US Open. 
  • Sensors are being increasingly found in wearable devices and clothes (see above!). The devices can range from thermometers to blood glucose monitors to humidity sensors to pretty much anything else you can imagine. 
  • In what is being called a “Fitbit for the brain,” a cloth cap with electrodes made the news last week. Doctors will use the cap to place electrodes in a pattern best suited for the particular condition being treated to stimulate and treat the brain. In Europe it is being used to treat depression, strokes and pain from nerve injuries.

Life Science News

  • Three cheers for the scientists at the Mayo Clinic! They have successfully turned cancer cells back to “normal” tissue by restoring the function that prevents them from multiplying excessively and forming dangerous growths. 
  • It seems that precision medicine is here to stay, but it needs to become more precise to be effective. This article promises to inform you of everything you need to know about precision medicine.  

Big Ideas

  • The folks over at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are thinking big and wondering how we can use social media data to improve health. And what are the current obstacles and barriers from doing so?  

Industry News

  • Clinical Leader thinks it’s worth checking out its top three articles of the month focused on the latest updates in clinical research news. We were particularly interested in the piece about a Director of Clinical Operations’ positive, first experience using RBM in a study. 
  • It looks like one of the focuses of the newly formed Alphabet, parent company of Google, will include dabbling in the life sciences and making an effort to cure diseases.

Company News

  • Our company and President Glen de Vries got a great shout-out last week as an example of a successful SaaS company in a piece about the ongoing rise of the Software-as-a-Service industry in New York.
  • Our work on the MOVE trial was highlighted as an example of an industry trend showing more opportunities available in clinical trials for MSPs.

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Jacob Angevine