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Competition seeks tech-based solutions for opioid epidemic

October 23, 2017
by Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The state of Ohio is looking for solutions in the fight against substance use disorders, and last week it announced the launch of an $8 million initiative to aid its search.

The Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge will attempt to advance new scientific approaches and technology-based concepts that combat the opioid crisis through a multi-phase competition. Funding for the project is provided through the Ohio Third Frontier, a state initiative that advances technology that spurs economic development. The challenge is open to residents of any state. Providers and those not in the field are invited to participate.

The competition will be conducted in three phases:

  • The idea generation phase will collect ideas from applicants. Up to five ideas deemed to have the highest likelihood of leading to a solution will be selected for a cash award of $10,000 each. Additional prizes will be awarded to 20 citizens and 20 industry experts.

  • The challenge phase will attempt to advance technical solutions in the areas of prevention, treatment, and overdose avoidance and response with input from the global business community.

  • The product phase will be geared toward enabling competition winners to develop their ideas for market entry.

Applications for the first stage of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge can be submitted on the competition website, and winners will be announced in January 2018, with the second phase beginning the following month.