Vodafone links up with billionaire-backed Nantworks for mobile health services - Mobile World Live

Vodafone links up with billionaire-backed Nantworks for mobile health services

21 SEP 2011

Vodafone has signed a MoU with US firm Nantworks to develop mobile data services with a particular focus on mobile health applications that support remote patient care.  Nantworks is backed by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong (pictured).  The company is one of the first signed through Vodafone’s new Xone technology R&D centre based in Silicon Valley. Nantworks has an ambitious remit. Its self-stated mission is “to converge semiconductor technology, supercomputing, advanced networks and augmented intelligence to transform how we work, play and live”. Early applications of this approach will be in scientific research and healthcare, it says.

Soon-Shiong has invested in excess of US$400 of his own money to date in innovative technology. Some of this amount has gone into the mobile health market. Earlier this year he acquired Vitality, the company that developed Glowcaps, a wireless-enabled prescription bottle that reminds patients to take their medication and inform them if their supplies run low. The price was thought to be in the low tens of million of dollars. Soon-Shiong has plenty to invest. He made billions from selling two pharmaceutical firms he founded: American Pharmaceutical Partners in 2008 and Abraxis BioScience in 2010


Richard Handford

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