Collaborate | Activate Challenge Finals Coming Up!

C-A-Challenge-logoOn Nov. 19, 2012, the Solve ME/CFS Initiative will be part of two teams competing in the finals of Sanofi’s Partners in Patient Health Collaborate | Activate Innovation Challenge in Washington, D.C. (The event was rescheduled from Oct. 29 due to Hurricane Sandy.) With a few extra weeks to prepare, the excitement has continued to build, and we hope you’ll cheer us on when the four finalist teams reveal solutions to the judges for a chance to win the top prize of $300,000 and second prize of $100,000.

Collaborate | Activate is the first innovation challenge rooted in the idea that patient advocates working together can develop a deeper understanding of healthcare issues and magnify their collective impact on people’s health. Collaborate | Activate promotes patient-centered solutions that could only emerge through the cross-pollination and collaboration of the partnering organizations. 280 organizations collaborated to submit more than 100 proposals. Four finalists were selected by a panel of five esteemed judges. Here are the finalists:

21st Century Brain Trust: This concept engages the public in brain health through a self-administered, clinical-grade cognitive testing app to help detect asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease. This app will collect data with user consent and aggregate it into a HIPAA compliant database.

Partnering Organizations: Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative, American Health Assistance Foundation, and USAgainstAlzheimers Network

Flu Near You: This project targets families and heads of households through a patient-centered tool for real-time flu surveillance and promotion of immunization for families and caregivers. Families can connect to data about health in their communities and where to find immunizations in their area.

Partnering Organizations: HealthMap, International Society for Infectious Diseases, International Society for Disease Surveillance, and American Public Health Association, American Public Health AssociationPTEPlogo_RGB-300x300

Partnering to End Pain: Web-based technology to connect patients with six chronic pain conditions to a registry that will use a standardized assessment in order to develop a comprehensive database for use in clinical research.

Partnering Organizations: Solve ME/CFS Initiative , TMJ Association, and National Vulvodynia Association

Registries for All Diseases: Targets patients and their families to join a virtual research network using patient-generated information to accelerate development of clinical trials.

Partnering Organizations: Genetic Alliance, Solve ME/CFS Initiative , National Psoriasis Foundation, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Project Mentors
One of the defining aspects of the Collaborate | Activate Innovation Challenge is its pairing of the finalists with mentors to help each team incorporate expert feedback to hone its solution. During the last several months, each of the finalist teams has worked in close collaboration with a mentor from Sanofi and an external mentor. Together, the mentors have evolved the finalists’ implementation plans leading up to the finalist event.

We are especially grateful to our project mentors: Ilene Young and Brad Kittredge for Partnering to End Pain and Nick Cohen and Kathleen Coolidge for Registries for All Diseases.

Participate: Live or Online!

Collaborate-ActivateAttend in Washington, DC Join us for the live event. A limited number of seats are available, so please RSVP to confirm your spot if you plan to attend. Please note that you will need to re-register if you were registered for the previous event.

When: November 19, 2012 (Presentations 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Reception 7:00 – 8:00 pm)
Where: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

View Live Stream Online Visit on November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) to view each of the finalists present their solutions during the live broadcast event online. The Partnering to End Pain pitch is first in the line-up and Registries for All Diseases closes the event. CFIDS Association CEO Kim McCleary will deliver the PEP team’s solution and Genetic Alliance CEO Sharon Terry will take the stage for R4AD.

Winners will be announced on Dec. 12, 2012. In addition to the cash prize money, winners will also have access to non-financial Sanofi resources to speed implementation of their solutions.

November 18, 2012