Eli Lilly launches innovation challenge for digital health tools to treat IBD

Eli Lilly announced Aug. 14 an open challenge to promote the development of innovative digital solutions for the care of inflammatory bowel disease.

Individuals and teams are invited to submit proposals leveraging technologies such as mobile apps, wearable devices, algorithms and digital games to improve monitoring, condition management and/or care enhancement for IBD patients. The "Transforming IBD Care" challenge will accept submissions through Sept. 30, after which one proposal will be chosen to receive $50,000 and the opportunity to further develop their solution alongside Eli Lilly.

"Lilly is investing in digital solutions that can help empower people with chronic conditions, such as IBD, to better manage their own health," Divakar Ramakrishnan, PhD, chief digital officer at Eli Lilly, said in a statement. "Approximately 3 million Americans have reported being diagnosed with IBD, and Lilly is committed to tackling the challenge of this disease through science and innovation."

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