Friday, March 13, 2009

X PRIZE Foundation Life Sciences Chairman

X PRIZE Foundation Appoints Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as Chairman of the Life Sciences Prize Group Steering Committee - X PRIZE Foundation press release:

Under Dr. Soon-Shiong’s direction, the GSC will steer the direction of future Life Science related X PRIZEs to ensure that they address the audacious grand challenges where market failures currently exist. The Life Sciences GSC will address such subjects as healthcare, genomics, proteonomics, bionics/human augmentation, rapid disease detection, disease prevention, human longevity and artificial intelligence in medical diagnosis.


Several others are in development, including a Healthcare X PRIZE in partnership with WellPoint Inc., one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies. Other potential prizes include: point-of-care tuberculosis diagnosis, bionics and vision restoration. Life Sciences currently represents the Foundation’s most active portfolio of prize development.