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COPD Crowdshaped: Advancing ideation in the pharmaceutical sector

by Health Unlimited for Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Summary of work

COPD Crowdshaped: Advancing ideation in the pharmaceutical sector

Imagine having to fight for every breath. Your world becomes smaller and, one day at a time, you become more isolated. This is life with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for 210 million people globally. But imagine if innovation could change that. In June 2015, Health Unlimited, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the COPD Foundation crowdsourced 50 of the world’s most progressive thinkers to help address the global challenge of COPD. COPD Crowdshaped: 2 days, 50 visionaries, 1 cause.

This was the pharma industry’s first open-innovation event to involve non-HCPs in a live attempt to solve a health-related problem; with no predefined outputs and no IP owned by the agency or the client.

Business leaders, technologists, actors, journalists, engineers and data scientists from companies and institutions including Boeing, Google, 23&Me, Qualcomm Life and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology attended all with one thing in common - a commitment to improving lives.

Directly from the live event multiple products are in last-stage testing. By bringing together brilliant minds who approach problem-solving differently from the pharma norm, COPD Crowdshaped is generating genuine person-led solutions that could go on to change the status quo for millions with COPD.

Judges' comments

This was a refreshing and ambitious entry that brings pharma to the forefront of value. We saw new thinking and felt it broke new ground; working with non-traditional partners, outcomes were achieved and the sheer volume and depth of ideas was amazing. A very impressive piece of work and a campaign that all judges wished they’d worked on.


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Key dates

Entry deadline 5 March 2020
Extended entry deadline 12 March 2020
Judging day 1 7 May 2020
Judging day 2 21 May 2020
Awards Ceremony 2 July 2020

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