AptarGroup, a global leader in consumer dispensing, active packaging and drug delivery solutions and services, and Sonmol, a leading Chinese digital respiratory therapeutics company, have announced a collaboration for developing a digital therapies and services platform targeting respiratory and other diseases.
This collaboration will initially focus on bringing together connected drug delivery devices and the digital platform for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Aptar Pharma and Sonmol will work together on expanding Sonmol’s platform services to enable remote patient monitoring, improve patient and physician interactions, increase patient engagement and adherence, and improve health outcomes. The partnership will work with pharmaceutical and healthcare partners to accelerate the development, manufacturing, commercialization and supply of digital respiratory medicines, diagnostics and patient support services in China and other Asian markets for marketed and pipeline drugs.
The collaboration significantly bolsters Aptar’s digital health offerings in Asia by combining Aptar Pharma’s expertise in connected drug delivery device development, innovation and quality manufacturing together with Sonmol’s connected devices, data platform and patient management services.
Stephan Tanda, president and chief executive officer, stated, “We are pleased to partner with Sonmol to improve health outcomes by combining Aptar’s breadth of regulatory experience, quality focus and connected drug delivery device innovations with Sonmol’s patient adherence platform.”
Xiangwei Gong, president of Aptar Asia, added, “We look forward to furthering digital respiratory medicines, diagnostics and patient support services in China and other Asian markets.”
Sonmol, which is based in Shanghai, was founded in 2014 by Luffy Lv and a core team of software, algorithm and medical experts. Sonmol’s strategic focus is on chronic respiratory diseases, which is second largest disease category in China. Government initiatives to push for early detection and prevention measures for chronic respiratory diseases strengthen the case for Smart Inhalers and connected devices as platforms to improve health conditions in patients, rectify the use of medications, improve inhaler adherence and provide better treatment outcomes for patients.
Added Luffy Lv, chief executive officer of Sonmol, “Aptar Pharma has a well-established position worldwide in drug delivery technologies across the whole value chain. Collaborating with Aptar will help us expand and speed up the clinical application and commercialization of Sonmol’s innovative products. I look forward to more in-depth and innovative exploration and collaboration between Aptar and Sonmol in the field of drug and digital disease management in China and worldwide.”
Gael Touya, president of Aptar Pharma, commented, “This partnership with Sonmol continues to develop our strategy in digital health, building platforms for customers and their patients worldwide. We look forward to our future collaboration.”
Aptar Pharma and Sonmol will co-build the ecosystem of connected healthcare devices and services for China and other markets, and collaborate on device development and manufacturing for local and global markets. Sonmol will focus on data and software development in China.
In addition to the partnership, Aptar Pharma has made a strategic equity investment in Sonmol during its latest round of funding.