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Scientists Without Borders awards $10,000 to solvers of maternal health and nutrition challenge
Date:3/29/2011

our unique model for leveraging collaboration and open innovation yielded such promising approaches to accelerating progress in this crucial area."

To develop the Challenge and select the winners, Scientists Without Borders convened an independent Advisory Panel of three of the world's leading nutrition science and policy experts, and facilitated a novel collaboration among them. The panelists were Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta of Aga Khan University in Pakistan; Eileen Kennedy, Dean of the Gerald and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University; and Dr. Ricardo Uauy, professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former president of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences.

To harness the diverse insights and expertise of as many creative problem-solvers as possible, Scientists Without Borders disseminated the Challenge on its unique, free web-based platform and to its worldwide network. It also partnered with InnoCentive, the global leader in Challenge Driven Innovation, which hosted and administered the Challenge on its platform and disseminated it to its pool of 250,000 expert Solvers. For sponsorship of the prize amount, Scientists Without Borders partnered with PepsiCo.

"It is exciting that by jointly leveraging the InnoCentive and Scientists Without Borders platforms we were able to reach such a diverse group of solvers and unearth these solutions," said Puri. "Our results demonstrate the virtues of collaborating with such world-class organizations in multi-sector partnerships to surface innovative solutions to vexing global development challenges."

"This Challenge fostered a multitude of innovative ideas, and we could not be happier to support this endeavor," said Mehmood Khan, CEO of PepsiCo's Global Nutrition Group, the company's chief scientific officer, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences Board of Governors. "We must continue to strive for innovative
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Contact: Adrienne Burke
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212-298-8655
New York Academy of Sciences
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