Guidelines Released for $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE

Guidelines Released for $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE Reveal
Health Condition Sets for Winning Solution 
More Than 255 Teams From 34 Countries Have Pre-Registered for Global
Competition to Revolutionize Healthcare and Empower Consumers to Take
an Active Role in Their Health 
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 01/08/13 --  The X PRIZE Foundation
announced that final competition guidelines have been released and
team registration is officially open for the $10 million Qualcomm
Tricorder X PRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition to stimulate
innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies,
intended to make reliable health diagnoses available directly to
consumers anytime, anywhere. More than 255 teams from 34 countries
have already pre-registered.  
The announcement was made yesterday at the 2013 Consumer Electronics
Show (CES), just one year after the competition was launched at CES
2012, during a keynote address by Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chair of the
Qualcomm Foundation, and chairman and chief executive officer of
Qualcomm Incorporated. Additional information about the competition
will also be available at Booth #25321, Las Vegas Convention Center,
South Hall 2. 
Competing teams in the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE will be expected to
develop a device that can detect or monitor three broad groups of
conditions or parameters: the core set, vital signs set, and elective
set. The core set is composed of conditions that are considered
essential to any successful team solution, with many of these already
covered by commercially available standalone diagnostic systems or
sensors. This set of 12 diseases includes diabetes, atrial
fibrillation, stroke, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD), pneumonia, and hepatitis A, among others.  
"Several factors drove us to select the initial medical conditions
that the Tricorder must accurately diagnose," said Dr. Peter H.
Diamandis, chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation. "Input came from our
medical advisory board as well as from public comment. Overall, we
considered the significance of a disease in terms of prevalence,
incidence and potential threat, as well as the effectiveness of
treatments. In success, the technology created by the teams competing
for the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE will allow the consumer to access
their state of health in a manner that may assist in the diagnoses of
these diseases, anytime, anywhere, all in the palm of their hand." 
The vital signs set is intended to challenge teams to move toward a
continuous monitoring and cloud-based paradigm. These metrics for
health include blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature,
electrocardiography and oxygen saturation. Ultimately, a winning
device will collect large volumes of data from the ongoing
measurement of health states through a combination of wireless
sensors, imaging technologies, and portable, non-invasive laboratory
replacements. It is anticipated that some of these solutions will be
developed as part of the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE, a
global competition to accelerate the development of sensing
technologies that capture and interpret information about our
physical state, emotional state and surrounding environment.  
The elective set is also composed of important conditions, including
pertussis (whooping cough), hypertension, mononucleosis, hyper/hypo
thyroidism, food-borne illnesses, melanoma, HIV and osteoporosis,
among others. This list is considered more ambitious than the core
set in light of the current state of technology.  
"Until now, consumers have been forced to rely on a healthcare
professional's expert opinion as the starting point from which care
can begin," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs. "This competition has the
potential to assist and transform this traditional point of care by
enabling consumers to constantly monitor their own state of health,
easily recognize a number of common conditions, and know when to seek
treatment from a physician. By giving consumers access to such
diagnostic tools, this prize has the potential to help eliminate
unnecessary visits to medical facilities and reduce costs that will
ultimately create greater efficiencies in the global healthcare
system." 
Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, wireless sensing,
imaging diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip and molecular biology will enable
better choices in when, where, and how individuals receive care, thus
making healthcare more convenient, affordable and accessible.
Together, the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE and Nokia Sensing X
CHALLENGE will help create an ecosystem of innovative technologies
that radically changes the way people understand their state of
health -- in desirable, convenient ways not previously available.  
Competing teams in the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE will also have
access to an online marketplace created by the X PRIZE Foundation,
where they can connect with individuals and companies to exchange
ideas and resources, as well as learn about potential funding
opportunities from outside sources. 
For more information about the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, visit:
qualcommtricorderxprize.org. 
 For more information about the Nokia
Sensing X CHALLENGE, visit: nokiasensingxchallenge.org.  
About X PRIZE Foundation
 Founded in 1995, the X PRIZE Foundation, a
501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world's
Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile,
incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research
and development worth far more than the prize itself. The
organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all
disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for
the benefit of humanity. The X PRIZE Foundation conducts competitions
in five Prize Groups: Education; Exploration; Energy & Environment;
Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30
million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE
presented by Express Scripts, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X
PRIZE, and the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE. For more
information, go to www.xprize.org.  
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