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Challenge <p>A Minimally Invasive Blood Sampling Method for Potassium Monitoring</p>

A Minimally Invasive Blood Sampling Method for Potassium Monitoring

Award:  $20,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 154
Posted: Apr 09 2018
Challenge ID: 9934031
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Routine blood tests are commonly ordered by a physician to provide information about a patient’s health. Samples are collected by venous blood draws and then sent to a laboratory for analysis. Some people find the venipuncture procedure to be a painful and stressful experience. Therefore, the Seeker desires to improve the patient experience by finding a minimally invasive blood sampling method that will yield accurate test results for a dedicated parameter: potassium.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Potassium is an electrolyte that is essential for maintaining heart function and healthy blood pressure as well as regulating skeletal and smooth muscle contractions. It is one of several parameters measured in an electrolyte panel. Small changes in potassium levels cause no symptoms, but severe and protracted fluctuations can be life-threatening. Often a report of high potassium is due to the release of intracellular stores from ruptured blood cells during the blood draw. Thus, it is important to minimize hemolysis to achieve accurate potassium readings. Other issues that complicate sampling include difficulty in attaining vascular access and patient discomfort during the procedure. Therefore, the Seeker desires a minimally invasive blood sampling method for accurate potassium measurement.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the Seeker. See the Challenge-Specific Agreement for full details. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 9, 2018. 

Late submissions will not be considered.


We are an international and independent pharmaceutical company governed by a non-profit foundation, with headquarters in Suresnes, France. Since opening our first laboratory in 1954, we have been committed to therapeutic progress to serve patient needs with the help of healthcare professionals. We strive to provide future generations with a world where quality healthcare is available and accessible to all. Operating in 148 countries, we have 21,000 collaborators employed worldwide and a turnover of 4 billion euros in 2016. Entirely independent, we are able to reinvest 25% of our total revenue (excluding generics) into Research and Development, and all profits are used for further development. Corporate growth at Servier is driven by our continuous pursuit of innovation in five areas of excellence: cardiovascular and immune-inflammatory diseases, neuropsychiatric disorders, cancers and diabetes. We are a leading force in cardiology—number 2 in Europe, number 8 worldwide—and oncology has become a top priority in recent years; we also manufacture high-quality generic drugs.

Our three research centres are continuously involved in creating, testing, and developing new medicinal products, which are manufactured and packaged in our 15 production centres around the world. We have an active partnership policy in the field of biotechnology and we are investing in e-health through our internal WeHealth by Servier initiative. All our employees are driven by shared values and guided by a common vision. Together we share the passion of entrepreneurship and we are committed to therapeutic progress to serve patient needs. For more information, visit:

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