Each year, in honor of World Cancer Day, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) launches a unique, international crowdsourcing challenge that leverages the power of the crowd to solve problems plaguing the oncology clinical medicine space.
We want to work with innovative, out-of-the-box thinkers and innovators who are passionate about changing the lives of thousands of people- cancer patients today, and patients of tomorrow- regardless of whether they have any direct healthcare experience.
For 2016 World Cancer Day, we want YOU to join us and #BeTheSolution!
On February 4, 2016 are launching the second phase of the Clinical Trial Innovation Prize, an international two-part, $180,000 crowdsourcing challenge that seeks to identify innovative ways to increase cancer patient enrollment in clinical trials.
Goal: The goal of the challenge is to produce breakthroughs that will increase the patient accrual rate to oncology clinical trials. ALCF is specifically looking to:
Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide! Cancer cases worldwide are forecast to rise by 75% and reach close to 25 million over next two decades
We need better ways to prevent, detect, screen and treat cancer, and we need them now!
The most reliable and the only accepted scientific method to take exciting discoveries from the lab bench to the bedside is testing the safety and efficacy of these new interventions in clinical trials -- research studies that test new methods of prevention, detection, screening and treatment of cancer.
Unfortunately, most cancer patients don't know that clinical trials may be a treatment option, and there are several myths and misconceptions associated with clinical trials!
Due to a variety of factors such as myths and misconceptions; geographic, language and socio-economic barriers; lack of awareness among patients and physicians; procedural inefficiences (such as complexities in enrolling in the trial itself, the informed consent process), etc., several trials are halted prematurely as they FAIL to enroll enough patients, thereby wasting precious research dollars and impeding the development of life-saving cancer diagnostics and treatments.
On average, 3-5% of all adult cancer patients participate in clinical trials!
Participation is even lower among particular groups, including people who are racial and ethnic minorities, over 65, lower income, and living in rural areas. As an example, ~53% of new cancer diagnoses are in people 65 or older, however, this age demographic accounts for a measly 33% of clinical trial participants. Compare this to pediatric clinical trials!
So, what can we do to increase patient accrual to oncology clinical trials?
We need YOU to help us identify breakthroughs that will allow clinical trials to accrue patients quickly, so that we can get life-saving diagnostics and treatments to patients, faster!
Resgister now and submit your breakthrough solution to this problem! #BeTheSOLUTION!
We know that amazing ideas can come from anywhere! Despite 50 years of trying, members of the medical community have been unable to develop transformational solutions to these intractable problems.
So, we are trying something different! We want YOU to help us find cool ways to increase the accrual rate of cancer clinical trials!
We believe an Innovation Prize could have a profound impact on improving cancer care, too. Help us make it happen!
Register on this page and participate in this challenge to make an impact on the lives of cancer patients, and for the chance to win $150,000!
The Clinical Trial Innovation Prize is looking for innovative means to double the number of cancer patients participating in clinical trials, from the current 3-5% for adult oncology clinical trials.
Increased participation in clinical trials will hopefully accelerate the pace of research and drug development allowing patients to live longer and better lives.
We are currently looking
If you have a solution that you believe could increase accrual rates but don’t know how to implement it, e-mail. The Addario Lung Cancer Foundation will support you to determine how best to test the solution.
The Clinical Trial Innovation Prize will award a total of $180,000 in prizes
Our panel of judges will select first and second prize winners for the Implementation Phase, based on the judging criteria listed below.
Judges will evaluate submissions for the Implementation Challenge according to the following criteria:
PROPOSAL ROUND 1
|Solution Design||How does the solution work? What does it look like? What does it take to create it?||20 points|
|Innovation of Solution||
Creativeness of the proposed solution
|Viability of Solution||The probability that the solution will be created and implemented||20 points|
Potential of sustainability & scalability of solution
The replicability of the solution and how it can be implemented across populations/locations
|Implementation Plan||The who, what, where and how of the solution||10 points|
|Problem analysis and scope of solution||Understanding of the barrier(s) and applying an appropriate solution to address them||10 points|
|Cost||Estimation of cost for the creation and implementation of the solution||5 points|
PROOF OF CONCEPT ROUND 2
|Scalability and Sustainability||
|Analysis of Obstacles||