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Digital Therapeutics Edition

Host Eugene Borukhovich explores how non-molecular therapies and interventions can prevent, manage or even cure diseases.
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Ep20: Investing in DTx Businesses

Will Gibbs came to Octopus Ventures via a circuitous route - which interestingly, included setting up a rare breed pig farm in his native Essex. He landed in venture capital because he loves to build things - especially large-scale solutions for "taboo" or overlooked medical conditions like substance addiction, menopause, and acne.  Will and Eugene peek underneath the hood of venture capital. They discuss Octopus Ventures' investments in companies like Big Health and Quit Genius, the ins and outs of investing in DTx solutions, whether there is a valuation bubble in the DTx space, and Will offers some advice for startups looking to raise funds. >>Click here to read the transcript Viewing in Apple Podcasts? Visit our website for links to everything below: https://digitalhealthtoday.com/dtx/ Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Will Gibbs: LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/in/willgibbs1/ Visit Octopus Ventures: Twitter | LinkedIn | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
May 11, 2021

Ep19: Digital Therapy for Parkinson’s and Neurological Conditions

Ciara Clancy remembers the exact moment she decided to found Beats Medical; it was when she realized her Parkinson’s patient was 20 minutes late for metronome therapy because he was frozen at the door of the hospital, unable to take a single step. The metronome therapy, which helps Parkinson’s patients with their walking and movement, was only available in hospitals and via prescription. So Ciara decided to bring the therapy to them. Beats Medical turns a Parkinson’s patient’s phone into a medical device that gives live, visual feedback to help improve fine motor and gross motor skills, speech, and psychological well-being. Beats’ core technology has also been repurposed and deployed for other central nervous system (CNS) disorders and to help children cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eugene and Ciara talk about some exciting recent developments in Beats’ product line, the evolution of their B2C and B2B models, and how Beats’ users have consistently driven the company to create better and more effective interventions. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Ciara Clancy: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Beats Medical Ltd: Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube| Facebook | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
May 4, 2021

Ep18: Improving Outcomes for IBS and IBD Sufferers Through Light Touch Digital Therapy

As a former IBS sufferer, Elena Mustatea knows all too well that our standard model of healthcare does not adequately treat or support people with chronic conditions—especially digestive conditions. Elena eventually took matters into her own hands and attended a detox retreat in Thailand, which restored her physical and mental well-being and gave her the idea to start Bold Health. Bold Health is clinically validated and science-backed, and relieves the painful, life-disrupting symptoms of chronic digestive conditions through cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation exercises. This intervention is crucial, because as Elena points out, 75% of the population suffers from GI symptoms in any given week, and 30% of the population has a diagnosable, long-term digestive condition. Digestive and autoimmune conditions are an enormous mental health burden and disproportionately affect women. Eugene and Elena talk about Elena’s journey from consulting and venture capital to digital therapeutics, Bold Health’s recent RCT results, and Elena’s view on how digital therapeutics and pharma could work together in the future. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Elena Mustatea: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Bold Health: Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
April 27, 2021

Ep17: Treating Chronic Pain with DTx

Jonas Duss came to digital therapeutics from a mechanical and chemical engineering background. He landed at Kaia Health after he and his business partner, David Boutellier, realized they all shared a similar mission; to make proven, effective therapies for debilitating chronic conditions more widely accessible through digital platforms. Kaia Health offers people with musculoskeletal conditions virtual physical therapy sessions, complete with a health coach who helps motivate users to stay on track. In this episode, Jonas tells Eugene about Kaia’s founding, the company’s early decision to expand to the US (despite the different regulatory and payment environment), and his driving motivation to help chronic pain sufferers live longer, higher-quality lives. Also, Jonas mentions a McKinsey report on reimbursement in Germany, in which Kaia’s journey is offered as a brief case study. You can find that report here. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Jonas Duss: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Kaia Health: Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
April 20, 2021

Ep16: The Mind(s) Behind Germany’s Digital Health Care Act

During his conscripted service with the German Navy, Christian Dierks learned that if you’re the person in charge of rules and administration, you can bring about a lot of change. He took this lesson with him to law school and in the creation of his own law and healthcare consultancy firm, Dierks+Company. Christian was instrumental in the creation of Germany’s 2019 Digital Health Care Act (known as DVG in Germany), which mandates full reimbursement of any prescribed digital health application. In fact, Christian was involved in setting up the legal framework for digital health applications (DiGA) in Germany—and importantly, he convinced health insurers in Germany not to nickname them DiVA, an acronym which would have carried distinctly less gravitas. Starting with this episode, Eugene says farewell (for now) to DTx trailblazers in the United States, and shifts the focus to leaders in Europe, where Christian and other thought leaders are working to broaden access to digital health solutions. Eugene and Christian recorded this episode in January, and since then, there have been some exciting updates to the status of DVG. Namely, the list of approved digital therapies for reimbursement has grown to 13, and Germany is starting to publish early data on the impact of the measure. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Christian Dierks: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Dierks+Company: LinkedIn | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
April 13, 2021

Ep15: Treating Depression, Anxiety, and Sleep Disorders with Happify

Chris Wasden came to the digital therapeutics space via a circuitous route through Wall Street, Main Street, and academia. A pro at finding ways to leverage digital solutions in the pharmaceutical industry, he was asked to lead HappifyDTx’s digital therapeutics business after he and his students identified it as the best digital health company in the world. Happify just closed an impressive $73 million funding round and continues to innovate clinically validated tools to treat depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. In this episode, Chris tells Eugene how Happify’s founders moved from creating video games to digital health tools, and why the team took on the mammoth effort of creating an FDA-quality management system for its platform of products. As a result of their hard work, Chris says Happify is the only DTx company out there that has a legitimate, placebo-controlled RCT. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Chris Wasden: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Happify Health: Twitter| LinkedIn | Facebook | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
April 6, 2021

About Digital Health Today - Digital Therapeutics Edition

Host Eugene Borukhovich explores how non-molecular therapies and interventions can prevent, manage or even cure diseases. Learn about the rapidly evolving field of Digital Therapeutics, its history, the evolving regulatory and reimbursement frameworks, and the trailblazers creating and advancing this industry.

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Eugene Borukovich

Eugene is a serial intra and entrepreneur, executive, venture builder, speaker & board advisor with a focus in digital health. Eugene is a Chairman, COO and Founding Board Member at YourCoach Health and founder of Initium Impact Ventures. Prior to YourCoach, Eugene served as a Global Head of Digital Health at Bayer. He has also co-founded and sold a doctor rating startup and a consulting company. Eugene enjoys running, writing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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