Innovation Summit &
Award In Cancer

Ten finalists will compete at the second annual Lyfebulb-Helsinn Innovation Summit. The second annual Lyfebulb-Helsinn Innovation Award will be presented to an exceptional innovator with outstanding entrepreneurial potential to commercialize creative ideas to better manage cancer using drugs, medical devices or healthcare information technology

MARCH 18-19, 2019 | Monte Carlo, Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Deadline for applications is January 23, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

The Award

One innovator will be awarded the second annual Lyfebulb-Helsinn Innovation Award in cancer treatment and cancer supportive care


A monetary grant will be awarded to the winner, as well as the opportunity for all finalists to present to and interact with Investment / Venture Capital Funds


  • 10 Finalists will receive an Invitation (and expenses paid trip) to the Lyfebulb–Helsinn Innovation Summit in March 2019 in Monaco
  • A monetary grant will be awarded to the winner, chosen by an expert international panel
  • The Innovation Summit provides a collaborative setting that link entrepreneurs with senior leadership from Lyfebulb and Helsinn in order to spotlight entrepreneurs’ efforts and ideas, and provide professional discussion, connections, and inspiration. The participating Patient Entrepreneurs will benefit from increased visibility on an international scale for their companies’  entrepreneurial efforts
  • All competing companies will be considered for possible investment from Helsinn


At this Summit, 10 selected Innovators will compete for a monetary grant and be given the opportunity to be considered for a possible investment by Helsinn



MARCH 18-19, 2019 | Monte Carlo, Monaco-Ville, Monaco

  • Beyond presenting their innovative ventures to this group, the 10 finalists will also have a chance to interact with and exchange ideas on how to further advance patient innovation in the cancer community; engage with Lyfebulb founders, Helsinn leadership, representatives from the patient community, key opinion leaders, and potential investors; and compete for a monetary grant
  • The Lyfebulb-Helsinn Innovation Summit stems from the idea of the Lyfebulb Entrepreneur Circle, established in 2015, and features individuals who have created a product and a company based on issues encountered due to their personal experiences with a chronic illness
  • Patient innovators have a unique ability to create a value-adding disease intervention beyond therapy. aim is to support patient-driven innovation and we are laser-focused on improving the quality of life for those living with cancer


The Award is open to innovators* currently working on a groundbreaking project, which can advance the prevention, management, or care of cancer. The Award is open to innovators focused on the better management of cancer using drugs, medical devices or healthcare information technologies.

* Finalists from the 2018 Lyfebulb-Helsinn Innovation Summit and any parties in whom Helsinn or Lyfebulb has a financial interest may not apply.


The judging panel will look for evidence of:

  • How does the invention/product have the potential to improve the lives of people with cancer?
  • Does it address an unmet market need?
  • Is the product or service unique in the market (not an altered marketed product)?
  • Does the company/product use innovative and effective technologies that are scalable?
  • Can the company/product meet the challenges encountered by healthcare companies (e.g. funding, regulations, requirements for clinical testing, etc.)?

Summit Agenda

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  • Describe your company and plan for commercializing your idea? (Please give evidence of registration)
  • What is your personal connection with Cancer?
  • Explain the problem your innovative idea or concept aims to solve.
  • If awarded the Lyfebulb-Helsinn Investment Fund Innovation Award and monetary prize, please describe how you plan to further the advancement of your idea?
  • Guidance for the PDF

    Please attach a 2-page (maximum) non-confidential Executive Summary of your business:

    - Your story and describe your idea
    - Technical explanation of the concept, including an explanation of the technical feasibility.
    - Evidence of how you have you used innovative and effective technologies to scale up your idea
    - Business plans, including development and commercial plans, as well as the team behind the project, patent status, funding raised for the project.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Please upload a short video (less than five minutes) showcasing your idea and explaining the problem and how it has the potential to help other people living with cancer.
  • Please upload a high resolution profile picture (at least 800px x 800px)
  • Lyfebulb Innovation Award Terms and Conditions

    Conditions to Apply

    In order to apply for the Lyfebulb Helsinn Innovation Summit and Award, applicant must fulfill all the below conditions:

    (a) The applicant/company must be working on innovative ideas for better management of cancer using therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices or healthcare IT tools.

    (b) The applicant is a cancer survivor or has a close family member and/or loved one living with cancer.

    (c) The applicant must have established a registered company for developing and commercializing his or her idea, concept, product or service (for example, holding a position in key management or as board member).

    (c1) The company must be an emerging private company.

    (d) The applicant’s idea, concept, product or service must be original and not include altered or copied products from third parties.

    (e) The applicant's idea, concept, product or service must, to the applicant's knowledge, be free of third party rights, including intellectual property rights.

    (f) Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.

    (g) Participants will be required to sign an agreement with Helsinn to ensure compliance with Helsinn policies.

    (h) Applicant may not have participated as a finalist in the 2018 Lyfebulb-Helsinn Innovation Summit.

    (i) Any entity in which Helsinn, Lyfebulb, or their affiliates has a financial interest may not apply.

    U.S. Applicants

    Patients participating in any U.S. government, state, or federally funded medical or prescription benefit programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DOD, and TRICARE, are not eligible to participate. This includes patients participating in a Managed Medicaid plan or who have Medicaid as secondary insurance.

    No Referral or Product Use Requirement. Application imposes no referral or Helsinn product or service use requirement.

    Personal Data. By submitting an application for the Lyfebulb Innovation Award and the Innovation Summit, applicant expressly consents to: (i) the collection, use and retention by Lyfebulb and Helsinn of the applicant’s personal and business information contained in the application for all purposes (including promotion and publicity) related to the Lyfebulb Innovation Award and the Innovation Summit; and (ii) the publication of the applicant’s name and entrepreneurial story on Lyfebulb’s and Helsinn's websites as well as on their social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) Any such information submitted will be transferred to servers located in the United States of America and treated under the laws of the United States of America.

Driving Change


Lyfebulb is a chronic disease-focused, patient empowerment platform that connects patients, Industry (manufacturers and payers) and investors to support user-driven innovation. Lyfebulb promotes a healthy, take-charge lifestyle for those affected by chronic disease. Grounded with its strong foundation in diabetes, the company has expanded disease states covered into cancer and IBD.

About Helsinn International Services sarl

Helsinn International Services sarl is the Helsinn subsidiary which provides a range of advisory services and strategic activities to the Group and its specific companies. In particular, it acts as the advisory company to Helsinn Investment Fund

Helsinn Investment Fund S.A., SICAR

The Helsinn Investment Fund is focused on early-stage investments in areas of high unmet patient need. Backed by the Helsinn Group, and guided by Helsinn’s core values of quality, integrity and respect, Helsinn Investment Fund aims to help companies with innovative technologies to transform new ideas into commercial solutions with the potential to impact health-related quality of life of patients

Drawing on Helsinn’s over 40 years of investment into research and development and commercial expertise, the investment fund selects companies with technologies in a range of areas including cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, cancer supportive care, metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders, and dermatology conditions

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About the Helsinn Group

Helsinn is a privately owned pharmaceutical group with an extensive portfolio of marketed cancer care products and a robust drug development pipeline. Since 1976, Helsinn has been improving the everyday lives of patients, guided by core family values of respect, integrity and quality. The Group works across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and nutritional supplements and has expertise in research, development, manufacture and the commercialization of therapeutic and supportive care products for cancer, pain and inflammation and gastroenterology. In 2016, Helsinn created the Helsinn Investment Fund to support early-stage investment opportunities in areas of unmet patient need. The company is headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, with operating subsidiaries in Switzerland, Ireland, the U.S., Monaco, and China, as well as a product presence in approximately 190 countries globally.

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