Want to Quit Smoking? Biotech Startup Chrono Gets $48M for Drug/Behavioral Combo

Forbes, September 8, 2016

Biotech hasn’t come up with many innovative answers in the past two decades to one of the world’s toughest public health problems — smoking. Now a startup in the San Francisco Bay area is raising a bundle of cash to help smokers kick the habit with some carefully calibrated drug delivery and behavioral nudges.

Hayward, Calif.-based Chrono Therapeutics is announcing today it has raised $47.6 million in a Series B round of venture capital. The investment was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures ...

Six New Medical Technologies Worth Watching

The Wall Street Journal, Jun 26, 2016

From growing blood vessels in labs to applying advanced nanotechnology to cancer testing, here are some emerging technologies that could have a big impact on medicine in coming years.

Cigarette smoking causes one-fifth of U.S. deaths each year, but the most commonly used methods for quitting have spotty effectiveness. Harvard University researchers found in a 2012 study that nicotine gum and patches were no better than going cold turkey in helping smokers quit long term.

From "Wearables" to "Ther-abiles"

Drug Store News, April 14, 2016

Unit shipments for wearable devices were expected to drive about $32 billion in revenue by 2019 — more than three times the $10 billion in revenue the market saw in 2013, according to a 2015 IHS Technology white paper on the wearables market. Beside the business applications IHS identified, it also focused on consumer possibilities in the wearables market — as fitness trackers, health data collectors and beyond.  

The potential that IHS identified is something that entrepreneurs are currently working on tapping into, and industry observers have taken note of the evolving role of wearables.

Wearable Transdermal Drug Delivery Device Reduces Nicotine Cravings

Pharm Pro, March 4, 2016

Chrono Therapeutics announced that clinical data for the company's smoking cessation technology showed a statistically significant reduction in nicotine cravings in a trial of adult male smokers. The data were presented at the Society of Research on Nicotine & Tobacco's 22nd Annual Meeting. 

Chrono's wearable transdermal drug delivery device times nicotine delivery to when smokers have their strongest cravings. For example, 75 percent of all smokers reach for their first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up.  

Chrono Therapeutics’s Wearable Device Aims to Help Smokers Quit

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry, January 14, 2016

The skin patch is an established and proven tool in nicotine replacement therapy, but it still has limitations. Strongest right after it is first applied to the skin, a nicotine patch's waning potency later in the day can lead smokers to relapse.

Hayward, CA-based Chrono Therapeutics is using medical technology to modernize traditional approaches to smoking cessation. The company has developed a way to provide timed transdermal drug delivery via a wearable device. 

Chrono Therapeutics Nets Rock Health Investment for Smoking Cessation Wearable

MedCity News, March 3, 2015

Rock Health entered the arena of digital health tools for smoking cessation with an investment in Chrono Therapeutics, according to a company statement. The pharmaceutical company produces a wearable drug delivery tool and companion app called SmartStop, which functions as a digital health coach to help smokers quit. The investment follows a $32 million Series A round in June.

This Wearable Helps you Quit Smoking by Dosing you with Nicotine

WIRED, January 28, 2015

Yes, we already have the nicotine patch and nicotine gum and all sorts of anti-smoking lozenges. But Levy believes we can turn quitting into a more exact science with a wearable device that careful administers nicotine to your particular specifications. ...

9 Wearables Totally Changing the Medical Industry

Brit + Co, December 13, 2014

When someone says "wearables" you naturally think about fitness and health wearables or smart watches. These wearables can relay notifications to you or track your calories burned -- which is cool and all -- but the medical industry has been making their own amazing advancements in ...