Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Clinical Trials Innovation Prize

Clinical Trials Innovation Prize

Producing a breakthrough that doubles the accrual rate of clinical trials in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The Previous Phase

Ideation Phase (Closed)

Challenge Overview




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!


The What?

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: 

  1. Identify prototypes of solutions that reduce a barrier to participation in clinical trials
  2. Select the best solution to be scaled in partnership with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
  • Ideation Challenge: 47 Competitors from 18 countries from all around the world submitted creative and novel ideas to double the accrual rate of cancer clinical trials, and three teams won prizes totaling $30,000 USD. Congratulations to HelynxMatt Gerber, and Noah Craft, the winners of the first phase of the challenge!  
  • Implementation/Proof of Concept Challenge: Register now, enter your idea and plans for implementation for a chance to win prizes totaling $150,000 USD when you provide proof that your ideas have indeed resulted in an increase in participation in cancer clinical trials.


The Why?

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! 


Why an Innovation Prize/ Crowdsourcing Challenge?

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!


Contact Us: 

  • Have questions? Send us an email at, and we'll get back to you rightaway! 
  • If you have a solution that you believe could increase accrual rates but don’t know how to implement it, email us (). We will support you to determine how best to test the solution. 
  • We know the next breakthrough can come from anywhere and we are committed to finding a way to increase patient accrual to clinical trials!
Updates 11

Challenge Updates

Deadline Extended!

Jan. 6, 2017, 1:51 p.m. PST by Liz Treadwell

Happy New Year everyone!

The Clinical Trials Innovation Prize finalists are hard at work on their final submissions for the Implementation Phase. Since they all have such amazing ideas to help increase enrollment rates, we are granting them an extension to March 1st, 2017 to continue implementing their plans and recording their results. Let's continue to encourage these finalists as they make advances in the clinical trials space and work towards the $150,000 prize!


Finalists for the CTIP Implementation Phase Announced

July 13, 2016, 4:44 p.m. PDT by Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Dear Participants,

Clinical trial participation rates for oncology trials sit around 3-5% for adult cancer patients. These numbers need to change for innovative new cancer diagnostics and therapeutics to be approved for use, and for us to be able to make cancer a chronically manageable disease. 

To change these dismal statistics, and to get everyone involved in the process, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) launched our crowdsourcing challenge, the Clinical Trials Innovation Prize (CTIP), so that we can collectively and collaboratively effect change. 

We received an overwhelming response from around the world, and after rigorous reviews, the finalists for the Implementation Phase of the ALCF's Clinical Trials Innovation Prize have been announced!

The following 6 individuals/teams, listed below in no particular order, have made it to the next round of the ALCF Clinical Trials Innovation Prize: 

  1. Brian Martin, MD
  2. ClintTrial Refer
  3. Drew Moghanaki
  4. Helynx
  5. Hillary Lin
  6. Samir Housri

These six finalists will now work towards the implementation of their ideas to increase patient accrual to oncology clinical trials in the next 6 months, and showcase their results and data to ALCF's CTIP Judging Panel that will identify the winners for this $150,000 challenge.

During the next 6 months, ALCF will provide all six finalists access to resources, mentorship and guidance they might need to potentiate their success as they go about testing their ideas to increase clinical trial participation numbers. Details will be shared with each individual team shortly. 

Please join us in congratulating the 6 teams on progressing to the next phase of this challenge, and wishing them the very best as we all work collaboratively to improve efficiencies in our clinical trials' ecosystem! 

In the coming months, we will feature each of the 6 teams on this page with details on their projects, and ideas on how everyone can participate and collaborate on these ideas. As you can tell, we are BIG on COLLABORATION! Stay tuned!

If you have ideas, comments and suggestions on how we can improve clinical trial participation, don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Guneet Walia at We are all ears for innovative ideas that can help us move the needle on patient accrual!

Best wishes,

Addario Lung Cancer Foundation




CTIP Finalists to be Announced at the end of the month

May 10, 2016, 2:05 p.m. PDT by Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Dear Innovators, 

Just a quick update on the announcement of the finalists for the Clinical Trials Innovation Prize. Our judges are reviewing all the fantastic solutions you proposed, and need a little bit more time as they reach their final decisions. 

We will announce the finalists around the end of the month. Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, keep working hard on your ideas to increase patient accrual to oncology clinical trials! 

Many thanks once again for submitting your ideas to the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. We will be in touch shortly. 

Best wishes,

The ALCF Team

Thank you for sending in your entry to CTIP!

May 2, 2016, 5:58 p.m. PDT by Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Dear Innovators, 

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation would like to thank you all for submitting such well thought out, comprehensive and engaging proposals for the Clinical Trials Innovation Prize!

We are extremely impressed by the overwhelming response and quality of the submissions we received, and reviewing these to select finalists for the next round is incredibly tough- a good challenge to have! :)

We are working with our panel of judges to select the finalists and the results will be shared with you shortly. Stay tuned!

Best wishes,

Addario Lung Cancer Foundation


Deadline for submissions: Tomorrow, April 5th!

April 4, 2016, 11:55 a.m. PDT by Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Dear Innovators, 

Hope you are all working on finalizing your submission for Round 1 of the Clinical Trials Innovation Prize Implementation Challenge!

The deadline for submitting proposals by new entrants, and updates from the Ideation Phase Finalists, is tomorrow, April 5th- 9 PM ET.

Send in all your creative ideas to change patient accrual to clinical trials! We will help you implement these solutions with any kind of resources you might need in Round 2 of the Implementation Challenge. 

And, the best teams win prizes worth $150,000!

So, what are you waiting for? 

For any questions, reach us at


Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

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