Machine learning technologies have already made huge strides in supporting the efforts of pharmaceutical companies in developing personalized medicines and novel biomarkers. This has been found to be helpful, notably for understanding the efficacy of prophylactic vaccines used for combating infectious diseases.
Africa is currently contending with two serious disease outbreaks. The pneumonic plague has been making headlines as it sweeps across Madagascar, but there are concerns about it are being eclipsed by a far more sinister threat: A rare and fatal virus known Marburg virus disease (MVD), which has now broken out in Uganda.
Moderna Therapeutics today announced a new license and collaboration with AstraZeneca to co-develop and co-commercialize a messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutic encoding for Relaxin. The companies will advance the new Relaxin development candidate, AZD7970, toward the clinic as an investigational treatment for heart failure.
The World Health Organization (WHO) report that at least 19 million yearly deaths are from cardiometabolic disorders – an umbrella term for cardiovascular disease and conditions such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Dicerna Pharmaceuticals and Boehringer Ingelheim today announced a research collaboration and license agreement to discover and develop novel RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of chronic liver diseases. Dicerna can get up to $201 million in upfront and success-based development and commercialization milestones for an undisclosed target.
Grail, the cancer detection start-up backed by tech giants Alphabet and Amazon, is already seeking new funding, mere months after it closed a $900 million round in March. The company had previously raised $100 million in 2016.
The quest to better detect cancer has made a potentially huge strides. A study out of Yokohama, Japan, has potentially harnessed artificial intelligence to help detect colorectal cancer even before benign tumors become malignant.
Investors in digital health have been busy this year. In the first half of 2017, 188 startups took in $3.5 billion in investments—a record setting amount. It’s not hard to see why. Patients and providers are both looking to digital health tools to get better treatment and improve the relationship dynamic. With all that money flowing into some very intriguing startups, and it’s a good idea to know what the digital health industry holds for us in the coming years.
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