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Digital Therapeutics Podcast

Host Eugene Borukhovich explores how non-molecular therapies and interventions can prevent, manage or even cure diseases.
Digital Therapeutics Podcast
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Ep81: Lessons Learned and Future Trends: 2023 – Year In Review with Mike Pace

In this episode of the DTx Podcast, Eugene Borukhovich sits down with Mike Pace, CEO and founder of PalmHealthCo, to delve into the latest developments and insights from the DTx industry from 2023 and to discuss what may be in store for 2024. Eugene and Mike cover various aspects of the DTx landscape, including the growing importance of FDA authorizations, the shift towards non-prescription solutions, and the maturation of the industry into operations and pricing. Learn more about the impact of FDA authorizations on scalability in the US healthcare system, the strategic integration of digital therapeutics with virtual care models, market consolidation, and the effects of decreased venture funding on the industry. 1. [04:00] What has the industry learned from Pear Therapeutics' initial growth and scaling and, ultimately, its bankruptcy? 2. [10:45] Mike mentions the importance of FDA authorizations for scalability in the US healthcare system. How does he foresee potential FDA approvals shaping the landscape for digital therapeutics in the near future? 3. [15:20] PalmHealthCo has been involved in integrating DTX with virtual care and pushing for a virtual first go-to-market model. How has this approach impacted their journey and success in the DTx space, and what are the potential implications for the industry as a whole? 4. [20:10] What is the importance of high-quality clinical evidence for achieving permanent listing under regulatory laws? How critical is this evidence generation for the future of digital therapeutics, and what challenges does Mike anticipate in this regard? 5. [25:40] Considering the rise of aggregators in the healthcare industry influencing the market for digital therapeutics, what strategies can DTx companies employ to navigate this evolving landscape? 6. [30:15] With the current state of venture funding and market consolidation in digital health, what advice does Mike have for startups in terms of maintaining a focus on positively impacting patients and families while navigating the industry's challenges? Tune in to the DTx Podcast to gain valuable insights into the evolving world of digital therapeutics and stay updated on the latest trends, legislative impacts, and entrepreneurial advice from industry leaders. Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Mike Pace on LinkedIn Host Links: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with Chandana Fitzgerald, MD: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Check out Shot of Digital Health with Eugene and Jim Joyce: Website | Podcast App HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Digital Therapeutics Podcast would not be possible without the support of leading DTx organizations. Thank you to: > Presenting Partner: Amalgam Rx > Contributing Partners and Sponsors: LSI | Bayer G4A | Lindus Health Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
December 29, 2023

Ep80: Deciphering the DiGA Law and Germany’s Digital Therapeutics Landscape

In this episode of the DTx Podcast, Eugene Borukhovich hosts Philip Heimann, CEO of Vivira, a prominent player in the DTx landscape in Germany. "The genesis of Vivira was the need for personalized movement therapy - we wanted to provide people with a solution that was made just for them," says Philip.  This necessity led to the development of an innovative digital therapeutic solution that has made a significant impact in the market. Eugene and Philip dive into the profound impact of the DiGA law in Germany, passed in 2019, on Vivira's market growth. This legislation enabled general reimbursement and physician involvement in prescribing the app, marking a pivotal turning point for the company and the broader DTx landscape in Germany. In addition, Philip sheds light on the challenges faced by DTx startups in understanding the market complexities and securing suitable funders. He stresses the importance of selecting investors who can offer long-term support and emphasizes the significance of focusing on long-term goals and building high-value companies. 1. [05:30] What challenges did Vivira face in the early stages, being almost exclusively angel-funded, and how did this contribute to the development of their DTx solution? 2. [10:45] What pivotal role has the DiGA law played in enabling Viveira's growth in the market, and what are the implications of this legislation for other DTx companies in Germany? 3. [15:20] How has Vivira's approach of not starting in the direct-to-consumer market and focusing on the DIGA prescription model influenced its journey and success in the DTx space? 4. [20:10] What is the significance of high-quality clinical evidence, particularly RCT studies, for achieving permanent listing under the DiGA law? 5. [25:40] What are the challenges and potential solutions regarding the activation of digital therapies prescribed by doctors? 6. [30:15] As a serial entrepreneur, what critical advice does Philip have for DTX startups in navigating the complexities of the market and choosing investors? Join us on the DTx Podcast for valuable insights into the world of digital therapeutics, covering topics from legislative impacts to entrepreneurial advice. Subscribe now to stay updated on the latest episodes and continue exploring the dynamic realm of DTx. Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Phillip Heimann on LinkedIn Visit Vivira Host Links: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with Chandana Fitzgerald, MD: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Check out Shot of Digital Health with Eugene and Jim Joyce: Website | Podcast App HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Digital Therapeutics Podcast would not be possible without the support of leading DTx organizations. Thank you to: > Presenting Partner: Amalgam Rx > Contributing Partners and Sponsors: LSI | Bayer G4A | Lindus Health Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
December 26, 2023

Replay: Virtual Reality for Chronic Pain Management

In this episode, we hear from Josh Sackman, President and Co-founder of AppliedVR. AppliedVR, in their own words, provide virtual reality-based treatments that represent a comprehensive approach to chronic pain that empowers patients with accessible digital tools self-managed in their own home. In this episode, we cover: The origin story of AppliedVR Transitioning from an app store for health VR to focus pain management market Patient experience and the pain management pipeline Funding journey and key funding milestones The scientific hypothesis of "mind over matter" behind AppliedVR's approach and evidence generation journey The FDA approval process for AppliedVR and lessons learned for entrepreneurs. AppliedVR's current business hypothesis and scaling plan Market channels and scaling VR Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Josh Sackman on LinkedIn Visit www.appliedvr.io Host Links: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with Chandana Fitzgerald, MD: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Check out Shot of Digital Health with Eugene and Jim Joyce: Website | Podcast App HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Digital Therapeutics Podcast would not be possible without the support of leading DTx organizations. Thank you to: > Presenting Partner: Amalgam Rx > Contributing Partners and Sponsors: Akili | Big Health | Click Therapeutics | Lindus Health | Orion Pharma Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
December 19, 2023

Replay: The App Preventing Cognitive Decline

In this replay episode, we hear from Sylvain Piquet, COO and Co-founder of Five Lives, the app that leverages the new science of brain aging, neuroplasticity, and cognitive reserve to help people improve their brain health and prevent cognitive decline and dementia. In this episode, we cover: The origin story of Five Lives and the motivation behind focusing on dementia and cognitive decline. The demographics benefitting from using Five Lives Gamifying behaviour change Evidence generation and funding journey The advantages of direct-to-consumer distribution through the app store How digital therapeutics can fit within the NHS The challenges of implementing DTx across UK, French, and German markets Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Sylvain Piquet on LinkedIn Visit www.fivelives.health Host Links: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with Chandana Fitzgerald, MD: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Check out Shot of Digital Health with Eugene and Jim Joyce: Website | Podcast App HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Digital Therapeutics Podcast would not be possible without the support of leading DTx organizations. Thank you to: > Presenting Partner: Amalgam Rx > Contributing Partners and Sponsors: Akili | Big Health | Click Therapeutics | Lindus Health | Orion Pharma Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
December 12, 2023

Replay: Harnessing the Power of Light: The Digital Solution for Myopia Treatment

In honor of Gift of Sight month we're replaying this insightful episode with Mark Wuttke, CEO of Dopavision. In their own words, Dopavision is pioneering the development of innovative solutions that target the eye’s innate dopamine pathway to address unmet needs in ophthalmology using digitally delivered light.  Topics include: The background to Dopavision The pediatric Myopia vs adult Myopia markets Patient experience using Dopavision Changes to clinical trials and the mechanism of action Plans for commercialization Potential future applications to other ophthalmological conditions and neurological conditions  The future of OTC vs Rx Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Mark Wuttke on LinkedIn Visit Dopavision Listen to Digital Therapeutics for Pediatrics, Oncology and Managing Pain with Francesca Wuttke Episode PDF Host Links: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with Chandana Fitzgerald, MD: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Check out Shot of Digital Health with Eugene and Jim Joyce: Website | Podcast App HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Digital Therapeutics Podcast would not be possible without the support of leading DTx organizations. Thank you to: > Presenting Partner: Amalgam Rx > Contributing Partners and Sponsors: LSI | Bayer G4A | Lindus Health Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
December 5, 2023

Ep79: Learning Critical Skills Through Immersive Experience: Utilizing VR Therapy for Adolescent Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this episode, we hear from Vijay Ravindran, founder and CEO of Floreo. Floreo allows therapy to be more engaging and happen anywhere, assisting people in practicing critical social skills at their own pace through immersive experiences, starting with adolescent Autism spectrum disorder. In this episode, we cover: The founding story of Floreo Market for autism and neurodiversity The child and caregiver experience using Floreo Funding journey and key milestones User and caregiver experience using Floreo Scientific hypothesis and evidence generation journey Scaling virtual reality in healthcare Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Vijay Ravindran on LinkedIn Visit floreovr.com Host Links: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with Chandana Fitzgerald, MD: Twitter | LinkedIn Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Check out Shot of Digital Health with Eugene and Jim Joyce: Website | Podcast App HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Digital Therapeutics Podcast would not be possible without the support of leading DTx organizations. Thank you to: > Presenting Partner: Amalgam Rx > Contributing Partners and Sponsors: LSI | Bayer G4A | Lindus Health Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
November 28, 2023
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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.

Chandana Fitzgerald, MD

Chandana is a medical doctor with work, research and educational experience across European, American and Asian markets. After a stint in clinical practice at hospitals and in primary care, Chandana has engaged in leadership positions in the digital health space to bring innovations that bridge gaps in healthcare, including help build new businesses for digital health start-ups.

She is currently driving global collaborations in digital health and medicine as HealthXL’s General Manager & Chief Medical Officer.

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