On December 7, the challenge team presented an overview of the Lead Detect Prize and discussed the challenge’s goal to enhance testing for lead in children. The Lead Detect Prize team highlighted the urgent need for technology that can detect low levels of lead exposure at the point of care.

Following the presentation, the team answered questions from attendees. Watch the session recording and read on for highlights from the virtual event. 

See frequently asked questions and answers, read the session transcript, and view the presentation.

Improving blood lead testing at the point of care

The Lead Detect Prize is a challenge to accelerate the development of next-generation point-of-care blood lead testing technology. By spotlighting the urgent need, providing funding and expertise, and encouraging collaboration and partnership, the challenge hopes to identify and foster new or existing breakthrough solutions and products for better lead testing in children.

Detecting low levels of lead in blood

The impacts of lead exposure in children are often irreversible, and those living in communities experiencing disadvantage or poverty are disproportionately impacted. Even low levels of lead in blood are associated with developmental delays, difficulty learning, behavioral issues, and other harmful health effects in children. Advanced point-of-care testing solutions will enable more reliable, accessible, and efficient blood lead testing for children. The ideal solutions would be compact, easy to use, and affordable, facilitating expanded childhood lead exposure testing and early intervention.

Review questions and answers from the information session

The challenge team compiled a list of questions answered during the information session. Potential entrants can review the FAQs to learn more about the challenge as they plan submissions. 

Submit a concept by January 22

Phase 1 calls upon researchers and innovators to submit concepts and development plans for advanced point-of-care blood lead tests. Potential entrants can explore curated resources as they put together their submissions. Submissions are due ​​by 4:59 p.m. EST on January 22, 2024. 

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