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Can you help us innovate medical research? Play Breakthroughs to Cures a unique online idea-generating game.

Sep 08, 2010 - 2 comments
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On October 7, 2010, the Myelin Repair Foundation is hosting the first of its kind online game “Breakthroughs to Cures” This is an experimental project to promote broad and deep conversations among a cross section of people committed to finding ways to make new medicines better and faster.

Breakthroughs to Cures is an online idea-generating game designed to garner new ideas for how we can change the medical research system to develop treatments and cures for patients faster.

Over a 24-hour period, players will be sharing ideas and collaborating to build better ideas to help this panel uncover the best ways to change the current system of medical research and drug development.

The game is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio. Their foundation believes that unconventional thinking is necessary to create radical change in health care in order to accelerate the speed at which treatments are delivered.

I'm reaching out to you because we want the voices of patients to be involved -- we want to bring a greater sense of urgency and importance to this event.

Breakthroughs to Cures is NOT a conference that requires travel and time away from the office. It is a real-time, online event that allows participants to share their ideas with others in a game-style format. Because you can log on and off at your convenience, you can weigh in for a few minutes any time, over the course of a 24-hour period, with your best ideas or you can watch as your and others' ideas are expanded on and refined by the entire community of participants.
Why a game?

Every day millions of online gamers bring their real world experiences into fictional settings and accomplish great things. Why not engage the power of an online game to solve a real world problem? Breakthroughs to Cures is an experiment designed to test this hypothesis.

We chose the format because it allows us to draw on the expertise of many busy scientists, industry experts, patients, policy makers, and other big thinkers inside and outside of the medical research enterprise and health care industry.



We believe you, and others like you, are the best source for identifying and refining the most innovative and replicable ways to accelerate the development of new medicines for millions living with unmet medical needs.

A summary of the best ideas gleaned from the forum will be publicly available.

Please join us on October 7 beginning at 9:00 A.M. (PT) for this unique 24-hour game.

When? Thu, October 7, 9am – Fri, October 8, 9am GMT-07:00

Where? http://breakthroughstocures.org

Learn more and register at Breakthroughs to Cures.




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by Lulu54, Sep 08, 2010
Wow,  this is quite an interesting concept.  I have marked my calendar already and hope others will at least check it out on Oct 7.  I watched the preview clip and want to see how this is all played out, though I have to admit I am not a gamer.



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by MRF_Justine, Sep 08, 2010
Thanks for checking it out. :) Even if you're not a traditional gamer (and I wouldn't consider myself one either) I think we will still get a lot out of this game experience of sharing ideas and feeding off each others ideas.

/Justine

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