A failure of habit ails patients with chronic conditions — a full 50 percent of them have trouble following their prescribed course of treatment.
Boston firm MediSafe is among the groups trying to fight back that trend — the company makes an app that reminds people to take their pills on time. This week the company announced it is adding the ability to track glucose levels and blood pressure within the app, an addition that is expected to give its 1.5 million users additional incentive to follow their treatment regime. Read MoreDrug DeliveryZappRx raises $5.6 million for its automated prescription service
If Boston is the world’s leader in cutting-edge drug development, the city can now also argue that it’s also ahead of the curve in building delivery systems that get those drugs to patients. ZappRx, a Boston-based startup that has worked to streamline the process by which specialty drug prescriptions are processed, announced on Thursday that it has raised $5.6 million in Series A funding from Atlas Ventures and SR One, the corporate venture arm of GlaxoSmithKline.
Read MoreBye-bye, $1.25: Smart meters could spawn 'surge' pricing for street parking
A company pitching disruptive toothpaste might seem like another April Fool's Day prank, but Harvard Business School students Rachel Peterson and Calley Means say they are serious when it comes to rethinking the way we brush our teeth. The duo have launched a Kickstarter campaign for Matter, a paste which they claim is free from the dyes and petrochemicals found in other mainstream toothpastes. They're hoping to raise $275,000 to launch their product commercially in the next year. Read More
Even 10 years ago, it would have seemed like science fiction. The whole of the Internet accessible from the palm of your hand — and not only that, but also a cellphone, alarm clock, watch, personal organizer, and a myriad other applications. Nobody can deny the widespread social and economic impact of the rapid adoption of smartphones, but how many people actually own one? And how much do those owners rely on their gadgets?
Read MorePranksChanging the game for dogs: Cramer announces 'Pawculus Rift'
It's the first of April, which typically means that every company with a smart marketing team knows that with a bit of imagination they can drum up some free publicity. The folks at Boston-based marketing firm Cramer are no exception, only we have to admit that their new "product," a virtual reality gaming system for dogs, is pretty cute: it's the "Pawculus Rift." Fetch will never be the same.
Fiksu lays off 10 percent of workforce, CFO departs as IPO plans hit a wall
It was organic chemistry's Manhattan Project: two governments, nearly 40 laboratories, 1,000 chemists, all in the midst of the Second World War, all searching together for a way to synthesize penicillin from scratch. Read More