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Accelerating pharma-digital health partnerships

Applications are now being accepted for 2021!

Applications close in:

2022 Application Information Coming Soon

We are excited to be announcing soon the application dates for our 2022 Spring PharmStars Cohort.
There will be a brand new cohort theme as well as an expanded group of Pharma members!

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About PharmStarsTM

PharmStars is the first and only 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 first cohort is about to launch! Digital startups interested in engaging with pharma that have a solution ready for use by pharma in our priority focus area are encouraged to apply. Please refer to our Program Terms for the detailed requirements.

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Priority Focus:
Clinical Trial Innovations

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10 Digital Health 

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10-week Accelerator

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Twice Weekly

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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 startup leaders about how to engage pharma successfully. Key topics include:

  • pharma's internal structures and functions
  • the pharma business model
  • 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.

2021 Timeline

Applications open

June 1

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Applications due

July 21

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Acceptances sent

August 23

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Sep 1 - Nov 10

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Showcase Event

Late Fall (date TBD)

2021 Cohort Focus: Clinical Trial Innovations

All digital health startups with an interest in partnering with pharma are welcome to apply. For our first cohort, priority will be given to startups with digital health innovations that improve the speed and efficiency of clinical trials. Examples include platforms and tools for patient recruitment and retention, smart data collection and management (including remote monitoring), and adherence solutions. Please refer to the Program Terms for full program requirements.

Digital health startups are encouraged to apply by the application deadline: July 21, 2021.

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Are You Ready?

The First PharmStars Cohort
Begins September 1, 2021!