California Impact Challenge

Creating measurable impact on the critical issues in our own community of California.

2016 Precision Medicine Challenge

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In 2010, California spent an estimated $98 Billion dollars on the six most common chronic diseases: cardiovascular/heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, asthma, and arthritis.


California has a spirit of innovation. There is an opportunity to create revolutionary solutions that will make Californians healthier.

That's why we cosponsored this challenge.

“Just as California has led the way with stem cell research, so too can we pioneer the new field of precision medicine.”

—Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

2014 State of the State

The Challenge

Develop or propose a novel precision medicine approach with which California can leverage the convergence of new and exponentially growing technologies to achieve the greatest gains in our ability to foster prevention, early detection, or better management of existing disease.

2016 Grand Prize Winner

Jorge Cortell for Kanteron Systems

A software platform that integrates medical imaging with genomic, pharmacogenomic and biosensor data to enable faster and more accurate diagnosis, better treatment plans, reduced adverse medication events, and enhanced treatment efficacy. Learn more.

2016 Runner-ups

Synho Do for AI Skin Surveillance Cam - A cloud-based, high-performance skin cancer screening device leveraging an advanced AI algorithm that can instantly recognize the unique patterns of spots on the skin, making earlier skin cancer detection more accurate and affordable.

Vanaja Ragavan for Aviana Molecular Technologies - An innovative and portable biosensor platform using the latest developments in cellular communications, semiconductor electronics, micro-fluidics and manufacturing methods to rapidly and accurately detect biomarkers or infections.

As the Grand Prize winner, Jorge Cortell received $10,000 and a paid trip to attend and present at Exponential Medicine, October 8-11 in San Diego, CA. The total prize package included:

  • Travel and lodging at Exponential Medicine (up to $5,000)
  • Tickets to the conference
  • Featured placement in the Innovation Lab
  • Time on stage to present the solution
  • Access to the leading minds in the field of precision medicine

Runner-ups received invitations to display at the Innovation Lab at Exponential Medicine.

“California is a world leader in path-breaking innovations. This initiative will bring together many of California's brightest minds to integrate and analyze vast amounts of clinical, genomic, environmental and epidemiological data.”

—Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

On the CIAPM Initiative

2016 Precision Medicine Judges

Daniel Kraft, MD

Divya Chander, MD

Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP

Esteban Burchard MD, MPH

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee comprising SU faculty, staff, and state government representatives advised on the design and execution of the challenge as well as provided oversight of the 2016 California Impact Challenge in Precision Medicine. Each submission was evaluated by the advisory committee to ensure it met the challenge criteria. The applications were then shared with an expert panel of judges for final review. The expert panel of judges was announced in mid-July to evaluate the challenge applications based on the criteria listed above.

What is Precision Medicine?

According to the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM), "Precision medicine aims to deliver more effective, predictive, and precise health care to all. Bringing together a person-centered approach with innovative analyses of large and diverse health-related data sets, precision medicine seeks to define well-being and improve health care — from prevention to diagnosis to treatment — for each individual, based on what is known about that person's unique characteristics and circumstances.

Advances in precision medicine enable us to achieve better health across our society, to diagnose earlier and more accurately, to treat with less waste and fewer adverse outcomes, and, consequently, to lower healthcare costs."

Precision medicine is most often thought about in the context of cancer and genomics- where some of the most exciting advances have been made to date. However, precision medicine approaches will have vital implications across the disease spectrum from extremely rare to common chronic diseases as well as for health disparities and population management.

Using precision medicine to prevent disease is a target area for innovation across the age spectrum and an opportunity to incorporate technologies such as digital health, environmental sensors, big data analysis and integration, and predictive analytics.

Why Does This Matter to Californians?

Singularity University, The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), and The Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) have a shared goal to create measurable impact on the critical issues in our own community of California. We host the annual California Impact Challenge to identify emerging companies that will bring exponential technology solutions to these challenges.

In April 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the launch of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM). The initiative aims to help build infrastructure and assemble the resources necessary to support precision medicine efforts in the state. This Impact Challenge represents a critical piece in assembling innovators who are revolutionizing this area of health.

State and Federal Resources for the Challenge

Let's Get Healthy California

HHS Federal Open Data Portal

CHHS CA state Open Data Portal

Healthy Community Indicators on CHHS Open Data

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