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PF CHALLENGE

BRINGING SOLUTIONS TO LIFE

Pulmonary fibrosis remains a little-known disease, a reality that has resulted in a lack of patient resources, innovation, and research funding. It’s time to change the landscape.

We’re seeking out problem solvers across the globe, fueling the science and technology that will change patient quality of life for the better.

To drive groundbreaking solutions, we need to find, foster, and fund the world’s most talented thought leaders and entrepreneurs. Our PF Challenge events are designed to engage innovators across the tech, healthcare, and research communities in developing transformative solutions for clinicians, patients and their families.

In collaboration with MATTER, Three Lakes Foundation is proud to sponsor the 2020 Pulmonary Fibrosis Innovation Challenge. 

We are seeking solutions that will help to advance disease awareness, shorten the time to diagnosis, preserve health and improve care for PF patients. 

This year’s Challenge participants will compete for more than $100K in prize money. In addition, finalists will participate in a structured, virtual workshop at MATTER, followed by an incubation period where they will receive guidance from relevant experts. The Challenge period culminates with our PF Innovation Forum and Pitch Day events. Please join us as we seek out the most innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges of living with this disease.

We will post updates on event details in the coming weeks.

2020 PF INNOVATION CHALLENGE STATEMENT:

How can we preserve patient health and improve care today, while advancing disease awareness and diagnosis that lead to better outcomes and tomorrow’s cures?

Examples of desired solutions include:

  • Engagement tools and technologies that help patients, caregivers and providers better understand and engage with their disease
  • Data-enabled digital, medical or imaging tools that improve screening, detection and the accuracy of PF diagnosis
  • Novel interventions and tools that enable both patients and caregivers to preserve patient health, well-being and quality of life
  • New tools, technologies and solutions that improve upon the oxygen therapy that many people living with PF rely on (Examples include product and canister innovation and improvements in battery life)

This year’s Challenge participants will compete for more than $100K in prize money. In addition, finalists will participate in a structured workshop at MATTER in Chicago, IL, followed by a virtual incubation period where they will receive guidance from relevant experts. The Challenge period culminates with our PF Innovation Forum and Pitch Day. Please join us as we seek out the most innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges of living with this disease.

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THE 2018 IPF CATALYST CHALLENGE

In 2018, Three Lakes Foundation, in collaboration with MATTER, hosted an ambitious competition that received hundreds of applications and more than 80 final submissions from across the globe.

Innovators with bold new ideas in analytics, engagement, education, monitoring, and coordination competed to develop real, executable solutions to help address the many quality-of-life issues affecting patients living with pulmonary fibrosis. Each of the four winning teams received awards to further develop their leading-edge ideas.

2018 WINNERS

Advanced Interactive Response Systems (AIRS)

Their solution: Produce high-quality, portable oxygen safety and monitoring products that improve IPF patient health and caregiver performance.

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Level Ex, Inc.

Their solution: Level Ex creates medical video games to educate physicians around the world. They are developing IPF cases in their pulmonology video game, Pulm Ex, to train doctors to successfully detect and treat the disease, improving clinical decision-making at the point of care.

OWLSTONE MEDICAL

Their solution: A breathalyzer that aims to speed up early PF detection by testing patient breath samples. The “Breath Biopsy” system accurately analyzes samples for the presence of trace chemicals related to disease activity.

PATIENTMPOWER

Their solution: A platform for collection of real-world evidence, enabling patients to better understand how IPF affects them and helping researchers and clinicians develop greater understanding of the disease.