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Accelerating pharma-digital health partnerships

Applications now being accepted for Spring 2022!

PharmStars Fall 2022 cohort begins September 7, 2022

**Participation terms updated to accommodate Covid restrictions**

Deadline extended to 23:59 EST Wednesday Feb 9, 2020

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About PharmStarsTM

PharmStars is the pharma-focused accelerator for digital health startups, dedicated to driving digital health adoption to improve patient outcomes. We educate and mentor digital health startups seeking engagement with pharma and biotech firms. We are supported by our pharma members who are committed to working with startups that graduate from our accelerator.

Promise of digital health

Digital health has the potential to transform the pharmaceutical industry and the patient experience. Digital health and pharma firms are eager to engage with one another. Yet both have found it challenging to create successful partnerships.

Bridging the pharma-startup gap

PharmStars is a novel digital health accelerator aimed at bridging the pharma-startup gap to drive greater adoption of digital health. Our 10-week accelerator program is designed to prepare startups for more productive engagements with pharma by teaching them what they need to know. The program culminates with the Showcase Event. Startups present their solutions to our pharma members and then have the opportunity to meet individually with them.

"Our mission is to facilitate and accelerate successful partnerships between digital health startups and pharma, leading to greater success for each and faster adoption of digital health to improve patient outcomes."
- Naomi Fried PhD, Founder & CEO, PharmStars

Accelerator Highlights

Our next cohort is about to launch! Digital health startups, with market-ready solutions in our theme area and interested in engaging with pharma, are encouraged to apply. Please refer to our Program Terms for the detailed requirements.

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Cohort Theme:
Innovations in Real-World Evidence

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10 Digital Health 


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Twice Weekly
Virtual Classes

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Pitch Presentation
to Pharma


The centerpiece of the PharmStars accelerator is PharmaU: a unique, comprehensive educational program. Its three components are a curriculum for startups, mentoring for startups, and "Executive Ed" courses for pharma. PharmaU’s courses are developed and led by PharmStars’ experienced team of former pharma executives with deep expertise in digital health, innovation, and startups.

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Courses for startups about how to engage pharma successfully include topics such as:

  • pharma's internal structures and functions
  • pharma business models
  • regulatory drivers
  • pharma-startup deal structures
  • current industry trends
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Individualized coaching from our PharmStars staff on how startups can successfully engage pharma. We guide startups through the process, from building a compelling value proposition through crafting an effective pitch.

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Executive Education

Workshops and seminars for pharma members, providing insight into how to successfully implement digital health programs and partnerships.

Fall 2022 Timeline

Applications open

June 15

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Applications due

July 16

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Acceptances sent

August 18

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Launch Event

September 7-8

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Sept. 12 - Nov. 3

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Showcase Event


Fall 2022 Cohort Theme:
Innovations in Real-World Evidence (RWE)

Data gathered from wearables, mobile devices, and digital tools can yield reliable, usable clinical and health-related information as well as evidence. Such real-world evidence (RWE) provides insights on the usage, benefits, and risk of a drug from sources beyond traditional clinical trials. RWE is a rich source of information with applications to drug development, comparative effectiveness studies, and post-market experience.

The increasing need for real-world evidence within the pharma industry is creating robust demand for innovations in how data are captured and analyzed.

The theme of the Fall 2022 PharmStars cohort is “Innovations in Real-World Evidence,“ encompassing digital health solutions that innovate, improve, or enhance methodologies for data generation, capture, analysis and use by pharma. Areas of interest include:

  • Novel collection, capture, or generation of real-world data
  • RWE endpoints and design
  • Biomarkers
  • Novel data generation and data sources
  • Data analysis
  • Novel application of RWE
  • RWE analysis
  • Therapy adherence
  • Self-care management
  • Care-giver solutions

Digital health startups with a product or prototype in this space are invited to apply by the application deadline: July 16, 2022. Please refer to the Program Terms for full program requirements.

2022 Spring Cohort Theme Coming Soon

Are You Ready?

Pharmstars' Spring 2022 Cohort began March 21, 2022!

PharmStars Fall 2022 cohort began September 7, 2022