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.

2015 Topic Areas

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.

The 2015 Health and Life Science finalists:

Blue Therapeutics is developing painkillers that are more potent than morphine at relieving pain but are not addictive.

Canary provides ultrasensitive protein pregnancy detection for point-of-care and home testing.

FLEEThealth is creating an interoperable application programming interface (API) for medical data to bring health care into the Internet age.

LuminOva aims to increase in vitro fertilization success rates by monitoring the viability of embryos.

Poly6 Biotechnologies develops synthetic, bioresorbable polymers for drug delivery, anti-adhesions and tissue regeneration.

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