Astellas Oncology C3 Prize® returns for third year

8 June 2018

UICC partner Astellas Oncology is calling for submissions for the third edition of the C3 Prize aiming to inspire and support innovative ideas for cancer care with $100,000 in grants. The 2018 competition has a specific focus improving cancer care in underserved regions of the world.

TOKYO, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., "Astellas") today announced the launch of the third annual Astellas Oncology C3 Prize (Changing Cancer Care), a global challenge aimed at inspiring non-treatment ideas that may improve cancer care for patients and their loved ones. This year's challenge will focus on solutions for cancer care in low- and middle-income countries, which bear a disproportionate burden of the global cancer epidemic.1,2,3

Mark Reisenauer, senior vice president, oncology business unit, Astellas
Mark Reisenauer, Astellas at 2017 WCLS

"Given the increasing cancer rates in low- and middle-income countries, and the limited tools and resources available in these regions, this year's CPrize is focused on discovering innovative approaches to help narrow the global disparity in cancer care. Since the initial launch of the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize, we have seen a tremendous response and we wanted to focus this momentum on regions of the world with the greatest need." 
- Mark Reisenauer, Senior Vice President, oncology business unit, Astellas.

Astellas is inviting patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and concerned citizens who want to improve cancer care to propose ideas that address specific challenges encountered in low- and middle-income countries within the following three categories: support tools, educational tools and technology. Three category winners will present their ideas to a live panel of judges at the 2018 World Cancer Congress on October 3, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

"UICC is delighted to continue partnering with Astellas on this important initiative created to help bring good ideas in cancer care to life. There is much that can be done to help improve cancer care in low-resource countries, and we are confident that through this global challenge we will uncover non-medical innovations that may help make a tangible difference in the lives of patients with cancer and their loved ones."
- Dr. Cary Adams, CEO of UICC

Astellas will award three prizes totaling $100,000 USD (one $50,000 USD and two $25,000 USD grants). Entries will be accepted through July 25, 2018. In addition to the prize money, winners will receive a one-year "nights and weekends" membership to MATTER, a Chicago-based healthcare innovation community, to help bring their ideas to life. More information about the awards and submission criteria can be found at: www.C3Prize.com.

In 2017, Hernâni Oliveira of Porto, Portugal won the C3 Grand Prize. Announced at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, the award-winning HOPE PROJECT consists of a two-part app developed to help pediatric cancer patients and their parents solve issues related to medication adherence and the sedentary lifestyle of children who are diagnosed with cancer, as well as help parents further understand and explain complex cancer treatment procedures.

C3 Prize Winner Hernani Oliveira
2017 Astellas Oncology C3 Prize winner Hernâni Oliveira at WCLS in Mexico City

"With the Astellas Oncology CPrize, we have been able to quickly move our idea from concept to reality, and fulfill our goal of helping families facing cancer better adapt to caring for their loved ones. I encourage anyone with an innovative idea that could help change cancer care to apply to this challenge. The entire experience is beyond rewarding."
- Hernâni Oliveira, University of Porto, Portugal

Entries will be accepted within the following three categories: support tools, educational tools and technology; and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • the Extent to which idea reflects application category;
  • the plausibility of the idea;
  • creativity and originality of innovation;
  • and the ability of the entrant to operationalize/implement the innovative idea for future application.

Entrants are not required to have an established business or finished product to apply. Entrants may also submit an optional short informal video, which should not exceed two (2) minutes in length and may be filmed on a smartphone.


See terms and conditions at www.C3Prize.com for full challenge rules and eligibility. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. No entries after July 25, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CST  http://www.c3prize.com/SubmissionGuidelines.aspx#terms-and-conditions.

About C3 Prize
The Astellas Oncology C3 Prize, launched in 2016, is a global challenge that helps bring non-treatment based innovations in cancer care to reality. The Astellas Oncology C3 Prize gives people with a passion for healthcare innovation an opportunity to pursue ideas and solutions that may make a difference in the lives of patients with cancer, their loved ones and those who care for them.

About Astellas
Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, is a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.astellas.com/en

About MATTER 
MATTER, Chicago's premier healthcare collaborative, includes 200 cutting-edge startups from around the world, working together with hospitals and health systems, universities and industry-leading companies to build the future of healthcare. Together, the MATTER community is accelerating innovation, advancing care and improving lives. For more information, visit matter.health and follow @MATTERhealth.

1 Moten Asad, et al. Redefining global health priorities: Improving cancer care in developing settings. J Glob Health. 2014 Jun; 4(1). 
2 http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer  
3 http://www.worldcancerday.org/myth-2-cancer-disease-wealthy-elderly-and-developed-countries

Last update: 
Saturday 9 June 2018
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