The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation have announced the interim prize awardees in Phase 2 of the LymeX Diagnostics Prize.

Through October 2023, the Phase 1 winners are participating in a virtual accelerator designed to help them refine their concepts for detecting active Lyme disease infections in people. The goal of this multiphase LymeX Innovation Accelerator (LymeX) competition is to nurture the development of diagnostics toward Food and Drug Administration review.

In June 2023, the Phase 2 teams submitted concept papers to be considered for the interim prize. Based on the judging panel’s assessment, teams were selected to receive an interim prize of up to $75,000 each. Meet the interim prize awardees and learn more about their innovative diagnostics:

Phase 2 to award $2 million in prizes

Phase 2 will award the $2 million prize pool based on the accelerator cohort’s interim and final submissions. In October 2023, the cohort will submit final concept papers that detail solution refinement, include clinical and patient input, and propose a roadmap from lab to market that includes FDA review. The competition judging panel—composed of experts in areas such as vector-borne disease biology, clinical and technology translation, patient experience and advocacy, and diagnostic science and technology—will evaluate eligible submissions according to official Phase 2 evaluation criteria

Based on the judges’ evaluations, the judging panel will recommend up to five Phase 2 winners of the LymeX Diagnostics Prize. Up to five teams may be selected to receive an equal share of the remaining prize pool, with at least $250,000 per winner.

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