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"Shark Tank" Competition for Innovative New Ideas in Epilepsy Treatment

The Epilepsy Therapy Project, a nonprofit organization that works to accelerate new therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures, has announced its second annual “Shark Tank” Competition and is inviting entries which represent the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care.

The winner of the 2013 Shark Tank Competition will receive national recognition and funding to support the development and commercialization of a new product, technology, or therapeutic concept.

Examples of eligible entries include a drug or device treatment that stops a seizure (especially those already developed or approved for a different indication); a system that helps patients manage their treatment or their epilepsy (for example, less invasive, less costly anti-epileptic drug measurement); a device that prevents personal injury from a seizure; or any other concept that has potential to improve the lives of people with epilepsy in the near future.

The top finalists will present their product concepts or therapeutic candidates at the Antiepileptic Drug and Device Trials XII Conference in Miami, Florida (May 15 to 17, 2013). The project deemed most innovative will be announced at the conclusion of the conference, and the winner will receive a $100,000 cash award to support the development of their idea. Contest finalists also will benefit from exposure to industry executives and investors. Competition applicants selected as finalists will be notified by February 15, 2013, and will be eligible for a travel stipend to attend the AEDD conference.

Applicants must qualify by submitting an outline of their project and development goals with a statement of near-term potential benefit to people with epilepsy, and should specify how the $100,000 award will accelerate the development of their products. Inventors who submitted ideas for the 2012 Shark Tank Competition are encouraged to re-submit their ideas if substantial progress has been made.

For complete program information and entry instructions, visit the Epilepsy Therapy Project Web site.

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