Announcement: California Launches Precision Medicine Impact Challenge in Collaboration with Singularity University

California Launches Precision Medicine Impact Challenge in Collaboration with Singularity University  

Entrepreneurs Vying for a $10,000 Prize for Technologies that Foster Prevention, Early Detection, and Better Management of Existing Disease

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) have teamed up with Singularity University (SU) to issue a call to entrepreneurs to submit ideas using precision medicine approaches to foster prevention, early detection, and better management of disease. 

The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize from Singularity University and be invited to present their idea and prototype on the main stage at Exponential Medicine, a unique experience that gathers leading minds in biomedicine and technology to explore and leverage fast moving technologies to shape the future of health and medicine.

“California is a pioneer in innovation, and supporting the entrepreneurial community to develop precision medicine approaches is key,” said Louis Stewart, GO-Biz deputy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “GO-Biz is honored to partner with OPR and Singularity University to leverage the state Innovation Hubs (I-Hubs) and help inspire new precision medicine solutions.”

The State has already recognized the importance of precision medicine. Governor Brown launched the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) in April 2015 to “better understand disease through advanced computing and spur public-private collaboration throughout the state.” UC Health, with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as the lead, coordinates the broader initiative with OPR and is hosting two demonstration projects selected through a competitive peer-review process. 

“It’s truly exciting to see the Governor’s offices running a public challenge on precision medicine and health. Innovation in precision medicine will have to happen in and beyond traditional academic centers, and a challenge like this will bring out the entrepreneurial citizens of California to engineer solutions to improve health and health care," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Executive Director of Clinical Informatics at UC Health, who leads CIAPM, and Director of the UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences.

As defined by the National Academy of Sciences, precision medicine is a revolutionary approach to health, health care and research that computationally integrates and analyzes diverse data from genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person, to better prevent, detect and treat disease by understanding fundamental biological processes. 

The launch of the Precision Medicine Impact Challenge will be announced at the Precision Public Health summit convened by the White House and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by UCSF. “We are pleased to lead and partner with others to advance precision medicine in California and with this summit to explore how advances in data and technology can be applied to the most intractable problems in public health. said Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, conference organizer and Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. This summit will discuss how precision medicine approaches, specifically in the first 1000 days of life, can be applied in public health to have positive population health outcomes and improve health equity. 

“We thought the summit was the perfect opportunity to announce the Precision Medicine Impact Challenge. This summit represents a convening of leading minds to think about how we integrate different data ecosystems and use precision medicine approaches to foster prevention. We are excited to see the innovations that come forward as part of the challenge,” said Elizabeth Baca, MD, MPA, OPR’s Senior Health Advisor.

SU works with entrepreneurs around the globe and the Precision Medicine Impact Challenge will be open to teams around the world. “It is through the convergence of fast moving and exponential technologies ranging from low cost genomics, to machine learning and low cost sensors with unmet clinical needs, that much of the progress will be made in advancing precision medicine” said Daniel Kraft, MD, Chair for Medicine at SU and founder and chair of Exponential Medicine. “We are excited to help catalyze new approaches, and to feature and foster the wining challenge teams this October at Exponential Medicine”.

Proposals will be judged on criteria such as the effective use of exponential technology, creative integration of environmental, social, behavioral, or population health data, potential for patient benefit within two years, innovation, market viability, and potential to reduce health disparities. Preference will be given to applicants who create a prototype to demonstrate proof of concept and validate their ideas or solutions.

Proposals must be submitted by September 6, 2016, and the winning teams will be announced mid-September 2016. 

For more information on the Challenge or to submit a proposal, visit the SU Global Impact Challenge website:

About GO-Biz

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s lead entity for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit:

About OPR

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) serves the Governor and his staff in long-range planning and research. For more information visit:

About Singularity University 

Headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, Singularity University’s (SU) mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to develop and apply exponential technologies. SU has an engaged alumni network in more than 90 countries committed to creating sustainable global impact across challenges, which include environment, security, health, learning, energy, food, prosperity, water, space, disaster resilience, and governance. For more information visit:


Tuesday, June 7, 2015
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