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Chugai, IBM and Whitespace partner on disruptive technology in joint health

Pharmaceutical company Chugai and leading technology company IBM have announced the launch of an Innovation Challenge to develop disruptive technology in joint health.

Supported by engineering and innovation experts Whitespace, the challenge seeks to unearth new technology that can objectively identify or monitor the course of pain within a joint, to help optimise patients’ treatment.

The final technology will aim to support accurate real-time management of joint health by speeding up the reporting process for joint pain and integrity between physicians and patients, while also improving understanding of the cause of joint pain and identifying options to optimise the patient journey.

The innovation programme that will see a selection of talented and ambitious start-ups and SMEs put forward their proposed solution for the challenge. The most impactful applicants will be given the chance to work with Chugai Pharma Europe on a paid ‘proof-of-concept’ project in the UK. For all other applicants, the challenge will provide a valuable opportunity to promote their offering and generate awareness of their business.

Martin Ellgood, Head of Operations and UK Innovation at Chugai Pharma UK, said: “At Chugai we aspire to become a top pharmaceutical innovator and provide healthcare solutions. We believe that collaborating with others, working smartly in close partnership, is the only way to achieve that ambition. This Innovation Challenge will give us an opportunity to meet new partners and form exciting alliances which can provide innovative solutions to the healthcare community”.

Andrew Webber, Chief Marketing Officer at Whitespace, concludes: “We are extremely passionate about supporting collaborative innovation amongst ambitious technology providers, especially those who have yet to share their full potential with the world. It fills us with confidence that Chugai shares our vision, and we look forward to the creative results that this challenge will no doubt yield.”

To find out more about this challenge or to apply, visit: https://bit.ly/ChugaixIBM

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Emma Cooper
Emma is Digital Editor at Pf.

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