CHICAGO – Venture philanthropist Three Lakes Partners and technology incubator MATTER are offering a $1 million IPF Catalyst Challenge seeking quality of life solutions for people living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
The IPF Catalyst Challenge will look to fund and fuel patient and caregiver management apps and tools, patient education opportunities, devices and diagnostics, and innovative science to help find a cure for the lung disease. Its goal is to engage global innovators and entrepreneurs in the technology, health care and scientific research communities to create new, smarter solutions for patient management of oxygen therapy.
“Our mission on behalf of patients and caregivers: to increase visibility of this disease and to attack IPF from all sides—diagnosis, treatment and patient quality of life—all by engaging the most innovative, aggressive and experienced partners in our collective fight,” said Ken Bahk Ph.d., managing director of Three Lakes Partners, in a statement.
Three Lakes Partners has also engaged design consultants IDEO and competition strategist Common Pool for collaboration on the Catalyst Challenge.