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IBM Launches University Competition to Combat Growth of Non-Communicable Diseases
Date:10/7/2011

stry and academia and act as a catalyst for new thinking in this area.  "Encouraging innovation and engaging university teams to address the unmet needs of millions of patients affected by chronic illness could have a far-reaching impact on our healthcare system," said Katherine Holland, general manager, IBM Life Sciences. "IBM and Novartis are jointly sponsoring this competition to encourage the creation of new solutions that will make a difference to one of the world's major health epidemics."  

Universities participating in the competition include: University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business; Duke University School of Medicine; Schulich School of Business; University of Melbourne;  London Business School; Said Business School, University of Oxford; University of Fribourg, in collaboration with Inselspital Bern;  Karolinska Institutet; Copenhagen Business School; and Jordan University.

The competition will run through December 9, 2011. Winners will be announced in January.

The NCD Challenge is a key part of IBM's Celebration of Service, a program designed for IBMers around the world to volunteer and help with civic challenges and societal needs. This year marks IBM's centennial and healthcare continues to be one of its most important areas of industry focus. The company spends more than $6B a year on R&D and IBM is one of the few technology companies with large teams of physicians and other clinicians on staff to ensure healthcare's most pressing needs are met.

To learn more about the NCD Challenge please visit: www.ncdchallenge.com

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