Research & Development
Astellas Pharma signs agreement with Roche Diabetes Care Japan
29 March 2023 -

Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE:4503), a Japan-based pharmaceutical company, announced on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Roche Diabetes Care Japan Co., Ltd., a global company involved in integrated Personalised Diabetes Management (iPDM).

The agreement has been signed for the development and commercialisation of Roche Diabetes Care's Accu-Chek Guide Me blood glucose monitoring system with advanced accuracy as a combined medical product with BlueStar, an FDA-approved digital health solution for diabetes patients, developed by Welldoc, Inc. BlueStar has been jointly developed by Astellas and Welldoc in Japan. Astellas is aiming to receive regulatory approval and reimbursement as a combined medical product.

The combined medical product solution is intended to help subjects with handling their diabetes by capturing, storing, and transmitting blood glucose data which is received from Roche Diabetes Care's Accu-Chek Guide Me system, and track medication, diet, activity and exercise in Welldoc's BlueStar(app). It is also intended to support subject's diabetes self-management with a unique algorithm designed utilising AI and personalised digital coaching messages.

Astellas is to manage the clinical trials of the combined medical product, which are scheduled to commence during 2023.