American Heart Association in New York City Launches Open Innovation Challenge

Seeking new technology to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke

November 21, 2013

The American Heart Association announced today the launch of its first New York City Open Innovation Challenge, a crowdsourced, judged competition to uncover new innovative tools to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. The top three finalists receive grants totaling $25,000, and a chance to meet, mingle and present at the American Heart Association’s Health Sciences Innovation • Investment Forum  in New York City, March 6, 2014. Each award winner will be featured on healthcare crowdfunding platform MedStartr.

Early stage health technology companies or teams with novel ideas that seek to help patients, providers or medical facilities meet the aims of the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal—to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020—are encouraged to apply.

Entries from dedicated entrepreneurs, scientists, thoughtful physicians, innovative nurses, empowered patients, inventive engineers, activated administrators and passionate people from all fields are welcome to enter. Teams must have a New York City presence and be available to come to New York City for the Health Sciences Innovation • Investment Forum on March 6, 2014.  

Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH of the American Heart Association said, “This new challenge drives home our commitment to support new technology and innovative research that can lead to lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. We invite healthcare technology innovators everywhere to be a part of this important competition.”

The Open Innovation Challenge is part of the full day Health Sciences Innovation • Investment Forum, a world-class collaborative discussion bringing together some of the great area minds from industry, investment and academia. Through this Forum the American Heart Association will foster relationships between key parties that will benefit the entire health sciences ecosystem and drive much needed resources towards innovation in cardiovascular research and technology.

For guidelines and additional details on the American Heart Association Open Innovation Challenge, visit http://hi2forum.medstartr.com

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.  To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

ABOUT THE HEALTH SCIENCES INNOVATION • INVESTMENT FORUM

American Heart Association’s Health Sciences Innovation • Investment Forum will bring together some of the great area minds from industry, investment and academia for a world-class collaborative discussion. Through this Forum the American Heart Association will foster relationships between key parties that will benefit the entire health sciences ecosystem and drive much needed resources towards innovation in cardiovascular research and technology. For additional details on the event, call 212-878-5997 or visit http://www.healthsciencesforum.com/

 

ABOUT MEDSTARTR
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