Digital disrupters take big pharma ‘beyond the pill’

Start-ups are developing gadgets that are reducing the need for medication

Financial Times features Livongo.

by: in London

After Maggie Philyaw developed Type 2 diabetes, she found solace not in the medicines of the pharmaceutical industry, but the technology of Silicon Valley. Two years ago, her then employer in North Carolina signed Ms Philyaw up to a programme run by Livongo Health, a California-based start-up, which gave her a device, smaller than an iPhone and fitted with a cellular chip, that keeps track of her blood sugar levels.

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