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UCB and Huma partner to provide digital health solution to improve management of the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis

April 26, 2023
Announcement

UCB and Huma partner to provide digital health solution to improve management of the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis

April 26, 2023

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  • Project aims to improve patient outcomes through better clinical management of disease exacerbations using self-reported data
  • Exciting opportunity to improve education and empowerment and for patients to be active participants in their own care
  • Huma’s EU MDR Class IIb regulated Software as Medical Device technology will advance proactive, predictive, personalised care for people with a rare disease
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NEW YORK and LONDON, (APRIL. 26, 2023) - Huma Therapeutics (“Huma”), a leading global digital health company, and UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, are partnering to offer a digital technology solution to help patients with the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis (MG), better understand and manage their condition with the support of their clinician. The digital platform is launching in Europe ahead of international expansion. 

The technology platform is founded on Huma’s EU MDR Class IIb regulated Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) - the only disease agnostic SaMD to receive this level of EU MDR regulatory classification to-date. It will provide patients with access to MG-specific, trusted educational materials, and the ability to report and track their symptoms over time using the MG-Activities of Daily Living Scale (MG-ADL)1. These data are shared with clinicians through a web-based dashboard to detect exacerbations in symptoms early and intervene where necessary. Identifying exacerbation triggers will support proactive clinical decision-making and should improve patient experience. Patients can download summary reports of their health data to discuss with their clinician to maximise in-person consultations.

“Our new classification of Class IIb level regulation means that we can work more collaboratively and in a shorter time frame with our pharma partners to launch solutions with predictive algorithms that can have a major impact for patients at the individual level, that’s why our approach is revolutionary.”

Dan Vahdat, CEO and Founder of Huma

Dan Vahdat, CEO and Founder of Huma, said: “There has been a huge growth in drug development for rare diseases and creating treatments for this population requires a greater degree of personalisation, which is exactly what our digital health platform provides. Our new classification of Class IIb level regulation means that we can work more collaboratively and in a shorter time frame with our pharma partners to launch solutions with predictive algorithms that can have a major impact for patients at the individual level, that’s why our approach is revolutionary. We’re excited to partner with UCB and be able to bring benefit to rare disease patients again, which is where we began when the company launched over a decade ago.”

The partnership is part of UCB’s approach to offer a patient-centred approach to transform the way care is delivered to rare disease populations in a meaningful, tangible, and real-world setting. 

Charl van Zyl, Executive Vice President Neurology & Head Of Europe/International Markets at UCB, said: “UCB is working to enable people with rare diseases to live the best life that they can. Symptoms of Myasthenia gravis can vary greatly and each person experiences the disease in a uniquely personal way. We believe that innovations in digital health solutions can offer the necessary personalised support, education, and resources for each patient.”

Colin Lake, Vice President, Head of Digital Care Transformation, Neurology, Head of Digital Rare Disease UCB, said: “This digital solution is an important first step in demonstrating UCB’s commitment to the rare disease community. We are beginning in Myasthenia gravis and we have the ambition to expand to other rare diseases. We’re delighted to work with Huma as we believe that partnerships are key to creating the best-in-class patient experience for patients across the rare disease community.”

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Announcement

UCB and Huma partner to provide digital health solution to improve management of the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis

April 26, 2023
Announcement

UCB and Huma partner to provide digital health solution to improve management of the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis

April 26, 2023

Huma joins digital pioneers to advance health equity in care and research

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Dan Vahdat, is returning to the annual World Economic Forum’s main conference where he will join a panel discussion devoted to improving care for non-communicable disease and tackling health equity. Accompanied by Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, Ingeborg Oie, Dan is looking forward to connecting with other attendees to explore how Huma’s digital health platform can make healthcare more equitable, and advances proactive, predictive care.

Huma joins digital pioneers to advance health equity in care and research

Date:Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Time:4:15 - 5:15 p.m. CET
Location:Ice Village, Eisbahnstrasse 5, Davos, Switzerland
Dan will join the Digital Health Action Alliance panel at Davos to discuss Turning the Tide in Non-Communicable Disease Care Through Digital Health and Community Connection. Huma has a long history of advancing the care of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and lung conditions. Huma’s innovative remote patient monitoring platform enables broad patient recruitment, reduces reliance on in-person clinic visits and increases health system efficiency.
*This session is open to registered Annual Meeting 2023 participants and Affiliate badge holders.

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Announcement

UCB and Huma partner to provide digital health solution to improve management of the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis

April 26, 2023
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Announcement

UCB and Huma partner to provide digital health solution to improve management of the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis

April 26, 2023
Media contact
A headshot of Karen Birmingham PhD
Karen Birmingham PhD
Head of PR & Communications
karen.birmingham@huma.com

NEW YORK and LONDON, (APRIL. 26, 2023) - Huma Therapeutics (“Huma”), a leading global digital health company, and UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, are partnering to offer a digital technology solution to help patients with the rare disease, Myasthenia gravis (MG), better understand and manage their condition with the support of their clinician. The digital platform is launching in Europe ahead of international expansion. 

The technology platform is founded on Huma’s EU MDR Class IIb regulated Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) - the only disease agnostic SaMD to receive this level of EU MDR regulatory classification to-date. It will provide patients with access to MG-specific, trusted educational materials, and the ability to report and track their symptoms over time using the MG-Activities of Daily Living Scale (MG-ADL)1. These data are shared with clinicians through a web-based dashboard to detect exacerbations in symptoms early and intervene where necessary. Identifying exacerbation triggers will support proactive clinical decision-making and should improve patient experience. Patients can download summary reports of their health data to discuss with their clinician to maximise in-person consultations.

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