Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge fb

The Deans’ Health & Life Sciences Challenge is designed to support students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows develop, test, validate and execute innovative solutions that will improve health delivery and patient lives. This opportunity provides a platform to tackle four unique topics by using the resources of the i-lab and taking advantage of the interdisciplinary network available at Harvard, the Boston/Cambridge community and beyond.

The Challenge is structured to consist of two stages. Within the first stage, teams assemble with the support of i-lab programming and submit their initial proposals. After evaluation by the Judging Committee, six (6) teams will receive $5,000 each to further develop their proposals and deliver a final presentation. At Demo Day, the grand prize winner and runners-up will be awarded the Bertarelli Foundation Prizes, totaling $50,000.

2014 Health and Sciences Challenge Finalists

Aldatu Biosciences
Aldatu Biosciences is working to improve access to effective HIV patient care worldwide through innovative and affordable diagnostic tools.

Disease Diagnostic Group
Disease Diagnostic Group is creating a handheld device that provides an accurate malaria diagnosis in less than 60 seconds from a finger prick at a tenth of the cost of other methods.

FlowLight
FlowLight is a building a device that provides real-time, continuous measurement of blood flow for post-surgical monitoring for lower costs and improved patient care.

Platelet BioGenesis
Platelet BioGenesis is developing technology to produce the first donor-independent human platelets from human-induced pluripotent stem cells.

Recon Therapeutics
Recon Therapeutics is offering a low-cost, easy-to-use, "one-stop shop" for drugs requiring reconstitution.

Voxel 8
Voxel 8 is using proprietary functional inks and 3-D printing technology to lower manufacturing costs and increase the functionality of hearing aids for the aging.

To read the Harvard Gazette story about Finalists in this and other Deans' Challenges, click here.

When we bring people together across disciplines and across schools, as this challenge has done, things happen that would otherwise be unimaginable. I have great confidence that we’re going to see some great outcomes from the work in this competition.”

- Jeffrey Flier, HMS Dean and co-chair of the Challenge