An organ transport drone for transplantation was the winner of the national health innovation competition Life Enablers. In the 2nd edition of the pharmaceutical contest Takeda, the ByOhope team won first place, presenting a project that aims to be able to fulfill its mission also at the international level.
With a prize of 4,000 euros, the winning project includes university students from the University of Beira Interior, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho. As a goal, they intend to develop and integrate an organized network of drones to actively participate in the transport of organs for transplantation.
Over the past year, students have had the opportunity to work with several scientific societies such as the Portuguese Society of Gastroenterology and companies like Vodafone.
In addition to the winners, the 2nd edition also featured four finalist projects:
- CoScan: consists of creating a mobile application and digital platform to improve the quality of life of people with Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
- ThinkSmart: wants to help patients with illnesses that need immediate help, such as people with heart problems, old age or dementia.
- UALgoritmo: aims to develop a medical device that allows to measure the level of toxins derived from tobacco, more specifically cotinine, the main metabolic product of nicotine. This was the winner of Growth Hacking.
- Easy10: consists of a personalized app that provides the patient with information that helps to overcome the most difficult phases, such as chemotherapy, in addition to providing information and reminders associated with the disease.
Aimed at higher education students, Life Enablers aims to accelerate ideas that improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This year, 120 students from higher education and recent graduates applied with 41 initial teams and ideas. Innovative medical devices, mobile health applications and technological solutions based on artificial intelligence were the main areas of the projects that were up for tender.