Sandoz, the Novartis generics and biosimilars division, has opened entries for the second Sandoz Healthcare Access Challenge (HACk), which will close on 30 November 2018.

The Sandoz HACk is a global competition that invites entrepreneurs and innovators in the field of digital technology to submit ideas with the potential to complement – or even positively disrupt – established approaches to driving access to healthcare.

Universal access to healthcare is one of the largest unmet medical needs and, while great strides continue to be made globally, access challenges vary hugely across geographies and communities. Therefore, a major step towards improving healthcare access globally is to identify and understand the specific needs of local communities.

“There are still two billion people in this world not getting the medicines they need. This is why we are launching Sandoz HACk as we aim to inspire and embrace the brave and innovative thinking of entrepreneurs and visionaries to improve access to healthcare around the world,” said Division Head and CEO of Sandoz, Richard Francis.

“Building on the inaugural Sandoz HACk, this year we are broadening the competition to anyone, anywhere, with an idea that uses digital technology to help address a local healthcare access challenge. By collaborating, we hope to create ambitious-yet-practical digital solutions that, with scale, could have a significant impact on people’s lives,” continued Francis.

Digital innovation promises cost-effective and practical solutions with the power to transform access. Last year, Sandoz HACk focused on mHealth. This year’s theme is ‘Leveraging Digital Technologies to Solve Healthcare Access Challenges’ encouraging ideas that can drive patient access or help healthcare providers to reach more people.

Three shortlisted entrants, to be announced in January 2019, will receive support from Sandoz experts to develop their ideas and transform potential into real impact. The three finalists will travel to the world’s leading forward-focused gathering of creative minds, South by Southwest (SXSW; Austin, Texas) in March 2019 to explore, network and discover the latest innovative trends.

Following in-person selection, one winner will be chosen and awarded seed funding and support from Sandoz, to help bring their idea to life.

More information about Sandoz HACk, including how to apply, can be found here.

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