Lyfebulb and Bristol Myers Squibb Announce the Finalists for the 2021 MS Innovation Challenge
NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Bristol Myers Squibb Company the biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and delivers innovative medicines to help patients prevail over serious diseases, and Lyfebulb, a patient-empowerment platform that connects patients with industry to support user-driven innovation, announce ten finalists chosen for the Lyfebulb-Bristol Myer Squibb "Addressing Unmet Needs in MS: An Innovation Challenge".
Finalists and jury announced for 2021 Innovation Challenge in Multiple Sclerosis
For two days in March (10th-11th), the following finalists will compete virtually for a grant of $25,000 to further develop their ideas and concepts that will address the unmet needs of people who are suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). This award will also assist in raising an overall awareness about this chronic disease.
"Patients are innovators and problem-solvers," said Dr. Karin Hehenberger, CEO and Founder of Lyfebulb. "Each of these finalists is an attestation to the power of patient entrepreneurship as they have taken their hardships of living with disease – or observing it in a loved one – and have turned those insights into business solutions to help other members of the MS community. We are excited to bring together these inspirational leaders with our expert panel of judges and members of the Lyfebulb and Bristol Myers Squibb teams for an engaging and interactive two-day summit."
As a Patient Entrepreneur, each and every one of the finalists has been personally affected by Multiple Sclerosis as either a patient, a support partner, or by having had a loved one diagnosed with the disease. During the virtual Innovation Challenge in March, each finalist will be given the opportunity to pitch their solution to a diverse cross section of professionals from across the MS, healthcare and business worlds. The panel judges will include:
"MS is an ever-changing disease, and Bristol Myers Squibb is grateful to be partnering with Lyfebulb in supporting the entrepreneurs and creators who are looking for inventive new ways to better the lives of those who are living with this unpredictable disease," said Tina Deignan, Vice President and US Business Unit Head of Immunology at Bristol Myers Squibb.
For further information about the "2021 MS Innovation Challenge", visit Lyfebulb.com.
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1 National Multiple Sclerosis Society. MS Symptoms. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms. Accessed September 24, 2020.
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