Health and Life Sciences

Improving healthy living
through science and technology.

The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge calls upon students to push the boundaries of life sciences, technology, and state-of-the-art care - all in the spirit of helping people live healthier lives, no matter their position in society.

The 2016 Health and Life Sciences Winners Announced!

This year’s winners of the Harvard Deans’ Challenges were announced in a live ceremony at the Harvard i-lab on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. In its fourth year, the startup competition, aimed at finding novel solutions to pressing issues facing society, received more than 90 proposals from ventures representing 12 Harvard schools.

For the Bertarelli Foundation Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge Grand Prize, Herald, which makes health care safer by offering clinicians real-time access to clinical data, took home the $30,000 prize. Pykus Therapeutics, which develops a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful, won the $25,000 prize.

Congratulations to the 2016 Health and Life Science Finalists!

Antera produces an all-natural solution formulated to safely reduce the risk of peanut allergy development in infants.

Buoy creates a simple and safe way to understand your symptoms, answer questions about your illness, and get an assessment of possible causes.

Herald makes healthcare safer by offering clinicians real-time access to clinical data exactly when and how they want it.

Pykus Therapeutics develops a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful and more successful.

Searna Technologies provides uniquely sensitive and affordable molecular diagnostics for the non-invasive detection of cancer.

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

2016 Health and Life Sciences Topic Areas

Diagnostics and Data Analytics

Diagnostic tests that are fast, accurate, low cost and accessible are crucial to the timely and effective care of patients. So too are tools to collect, manage, and analyze data. We are interested in technologies that impact how we identify and manage individual and population health.

Devices and Materials

Medical devices have the potential to improve clinical outcomes and/or a patient’s quality of life. We are seeking ideas that combine engineering, science, medicine and attractive business models to develop novel materials or innovative devices that will play a role in improving health delivery and care.

Health IT and Wearables

Wearable and other related personal measurement technologies have the potential to redefine how individuals and caregivers understand and manage health. We are calling for solutions that either generate or interpret data streams to improve health outcomes.

Personalized Treatment and Prevention

The ability to contextualize a person’s profile, from genetic to behavioral, to tailor medical decisions, preventative care, treatment plans and/or products for individual patients is redefining healthcare delivery.  We are looking for effective solutions and innovation technologies that allow for health providers, individuals and families to make more informed decisions on how to treat and care for patients.

You can find more information on the Deans’ Challenges here.