Lyfebulb Addresses Unmet Needs in Multiple Sclerosis through Patient-Driven Innovation
Applications for the $25,000 Innovation Challenge award now being accepted
NEW YORK – (November 2, 2020) – Lyfebulb, a patient-empowerment platform that connects patients with industry to support user-driven innovation today announced the launch of two key initiatives that will source patient-driven innovation to address unmet needs in the management of multiple sclerosis (MS) and raise collective awareness about this chronic disease.
An Innovation Challenge will take place virtually in March 2021 and is open to patient entrepreneurs who have been directly affected by MS as either a patient or support partner for a loved one and whose U.S.-based companies are working to help address challenges that people living with or affected by MS face in their daily lives. Selected finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an expert panel of judges comprised of healthcare industry, medical and patient leaders, and the winner will be awarded a $25,000 monetary grant.
Applications for the Innovation Challenge are now being accepted and will be available through December 9, 2020. More information can be found at https://lyfebulb.com/innovation-challenges/.
A series of virtual speaker sessions, leading up to the Innovation Challenge, will take place starting in October 2020 and offer MS community members the opportunity to engage in panel discussions aimed at raising collective awareness of MS and inspiring change. Speaker panels will be comprised of patient and industry leaders as well as 2019 Innovation Challenge alumni.
The speaker sessions will be open to all members of the MS community, and information about attending is available at Lyfebulb.com.
“We are thrilled to support this patient-driven innovation in MS,” said Dr. Karin Hehenberger, CEO and Founder of Lyfebulb. “While great strides have been made, the burdens of MS continue to take a toll on the nearly one million people living with the disease in the US,[i] and their support partners. By placing patients at the forefront and spotlighting their voice and solutions, we hope to inspire all members of the community to take charge and create positive change.”
Lyfebulb is a chronic disease-focused patient empowerment platform that connects patients and industry to support user-driven innovation. Grounded with its strong foundation in diabetes, the company has expanded disease states covered into cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, mental health, migraine and transplantation. See Lyfebulb.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Karin Hehenberger LinkedIn, and Lyfebulb LinkedIn.
About Multiple Sclerosis Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable and often disabling disease that affects nearly one million people in the United States.[ii] MS is a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath that covers the nerves. The myelin damage disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body.[iii] Ultimately, the nerves themselves may deteriorate — a process that’s currently irreversible.[iv]
For more information:
Karin Hehenberger, MD, PhD
CEO & Founder, Lyfebulb
Phone: + 1 917-575-0210
 National Multiple Sclerosis Society. How Many People Live with MS? www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/How-Many-People. Accessed March 25, 2020..
 National Multiple Sclerosis Society. MS Symptoms. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms. Accessed September 24, 2020.
 National Multiple Sclerosis Society. What is Myelin? www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Definition-of-MS/Myelin. Accessed July 07, 2020.
 AJMC. The Pathologic Foundations of Multiple Sclerosis: Current Considerations. https://www.ajmc.com/view/the-pathologic-foundations-of-multiple-sclerosis-current-considerations. Accessed September 24, 2020.