For Harvard students and teams wanting to test and refine their ideas and ventures, i-lab programming includes a number of resources that place students in less structured environments in order to ‘learn by doing’.
The Deans’ Health & Life Sciences Challenge, co-chaired by the deans of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, 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. There will be a total of $80,000 in prize funding. After evaluation by the Judging Committee, four-five (4-5) teams will receive $5,000 each to further develop their proposals and deliver a final presentation. The Bertarelli Foundation grand prize winner and runners-up will share the remaining prize pool and in-kind legal services from WilmerHale, which will be awarded on Demo Day.
Diagnostics and Population Disease Management
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 interpret data. We are interested in technologies that impact how we identify and manage disease.
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.
Prevention and Safety
Our accumulating knowledge of the genetic, behavioral and social factors that cause disease, injuries and accidents can help us create means of avoiding
unnecessary stress and burden on individuals, families, and society. We are looking for entrepreneurial solutions that prevent, decrease or eliminate harm
and danger to individuals and society at large.
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.”