X PRIZE Foundation
X PRIZE Foundation and Life Sciences
One of five prize groups created by the X PRIZE Foundation, the Life Sciences Prize Group stimulates breakthroughs in molecular biology, stem cell research, bionics, organogenesis, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence in order to improve health care and extend healthy living.
The X PRIZE Foundation looks to accelerate the real-world impact of science, technology, and information related to the worldwide optimization of health and the elimination of illness and disease. Three exciting Life Science competitions that are currently underway include:
The Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE (www.qualcommtricorderxprize.org) is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, making health diagnoses directly available to “health consumers” in their homes.
The winning team will create a hand-held portable device capable of capturing key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases within minutes by collecting large volumes of health data through a combination of wireless sensors, imaging technologies, and portable, non-invasive laboratory replacements.
The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE ( www.nokiasensingxchallenge.org ) is a $2.25 million competition designed to revolutionize digital healthcare.
Envision a future where everyone has access to affordable, personalized healthcare through sophisticated sensing technologies that put you in charge of your own health. Where sensors and devices recognize and measure your personal health information, provide insights and recommendations relevant to you and communicate that information to your physician. That’s the aim of this competition: a whole new level of personalized, digital health information.
The Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Express Scripts (www.genomics.xprize.org) is a $10 million competition to inspire breakthroughs in genomic research that will usher in a new era of personalized medicine.
By collecting DNA from 100 centenarians, this Life Sciences competition is challenging teams around the world to rapidly, accurately and economically sequence 100 whole human genomes to a level of accuracy never before achieved. The goal is to identify those “rare genes” that protect against diseases, while giving researchers valuable clues to health and longevity. These centenarians’ genes are providing us with a window to the past that will significantly impact the future of healthcare.
About the X PRIZE Foundation
The X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org) is an educational (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, thereby inspiring the formation of new industries. The Foundation addresses the world’s “Grand Challenges” by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself.