Philips Grand Challenge

Philips Grand Challenge

Presentations take place Monday, October 29 from 9:00 – 11:25AM

The top three winners will be announced October 30 between 1:00 – 1:15PM


Bill Gaussa | Tony Green | Brian Kearns |

Mary Beth Navarra-Sirio | Nick Pachuda | David White


Philips Grand Challenge Finalists:


  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Actuated Medical Inc.
  • Nasal Medical Ltd
  • Strados Labs
  • RTM Vital Signs, LLC; Thomas Jefferson University
  • Cornell University
  • Halare Inc.
  • Smithwise
  • Iceni Labs

Do you have a solution for sleep or respiratory health?

Calling all researchers with great ideas!

Life Sciences PA and Philips have partnered together to bring you The Philips Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge is a unique opportunity to share your research aimed at solving sleep and respiratory problems and connect with Philips.



(3) Three winners will be chosen and an award of $5,000 will be provided to each winner. The funding should be used to reduce technical and market risk associated with the innovation, moving it closer to commercialization.

(8) Eight teams will be chosen to present at Life Sciences Future in Philadelphia, PA on October 29-30, 2018, where the winners will be determined.  Those submissions not selected for formal presentation will be invited to submit a poster presentation and receive personal feedback on the innovations from the Philips team that will be on-site during the Conference.

The winning teams will also be invited to present their proposal to Philips Sleep & Respiratory Care Leadership in Pittsburgh, PA (date to be determined).


Areas of focus


Sleep is critically important for performance as well as learning and development. Inadequate sleep quantity, and in many cases, quality, can negatively impact decision making, immune function, alertness and physical performance.


Respiratory health can be a limiting factor for performance. Although the capacity of the healthy respiratory system in most humans is sufficient to handle the demands associated with ventilation and gas exchange, any disease/disorder impeding proper breathing and respiratory health can have a compromising effect on one’s ability to perform.

The submission deadline has passed.


Problem Statement

Example areas of innovation topics of interest to Philips that would fit the challenge scope:


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Depression, or Addiction

A solution for these conditions that reduces sleep loss or improves sleep quality that affect emotional processing in the brain.

Sleep and Circadian Rhythm

A solution, which better manages age-related physiological or homeostatic regulatory changes of sleep and circadian rhythms (e.g., endocrine, dietary, immune, disease states).

Sleep and Chronic Disease

A solution that helps, improve the quality of life of patients with chronic disease (e.g., obesity, chronic pain, respiratory disease, renal failure, spinal cord injury and heart disease).

Sleep and Life Stages

A solution which offers interventions that reduce impacts of interrupted sleep in newborns, teens, pregnant women, parents, or menopausal women.

COPD Monitoring

A solution which facilitates connectivity to the Internet of Things, allowing for integrated in-home monitoring and data analytics to predict COPD patient outcomes (ex: adherence to therapy, exacerbation of conditions, long-term outcomes, etc.)

COPD Management

A solution that improves management of chronic respiratory disease and its acute symptoms (e.g., stranding, stress).

A solution that provides assistive technologies for daily living for individuals with chronic respiratory challenges (e.g., COPD, asthma).

Sleep Quality and Performance

A solution which facilitates connectivity to the Internet of Things, allowing for integrated in-home monitoring and data analytics to monitor sleep quality and the overall sleep experience to identify sleep problems and predict outcomes (ex: adherence to therapy, changes in condition, daytime performance etc.)


Other elements of interest:

Philips is also interested in any innovations that include the following technologies. (It is not mandatory that your innovation include one of these.)

Interested in innovations that include technology such as:

  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • Gamification (rewards and gratifications)
  • Social Integration (integration to social media platforms)
  • Machine learning
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)


The submission deadline has passed.


  • Name of principal investigator and all other project team members (note the listed principal investigator must be available to present the project in-person at the LifeScience Futures Conference, if the project is selected for presentation)
  • Title that clearly and succinctly describes the innovation
  • Abstract of no more than 750 words that summarizes the innovation, market opportunity, value proposition, project purpose, goals and objectives, description of how awarded funds will be applied to move the project closer to commercialization.
  • Invention disclosure number (if one exists)



  • Pharmaceutical only solutions
  • Hospital only solutions
  • FDA Class II requiring a prescription or Class III

About Philips

Philips is a global leader in health technology with more than 40 years of leadership in sleep apnea management, oxygen therapy, noninvasive ventilation and respiratory drug delivery. Philips strives to create meaningful innovations that improve people’s lives, and is committed to discovering and developing novel solutions to help people sleep and breathe better. Offering localized support to their customers all over the world, Philips’ sleep and respiratory team includes more than 4,500 individuals across 34 countries – more than 1,700 of whom are located in Pennsylvania.