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Partnership with Shire Pharmaceuticals

May 24, 2013

Shire Pharmaceuticals, as part of an "innovation partnership pilot" with Drexel, issued a request for proposals to create an innovative patient management tool that can have a real impact on patients in the areas of behavioral health. After a three-phase selection process involving many teams from across the university, two teams were awarded a $250,000 grant each to progress their proposal to prototype.

The first is "TakeControl," led by Evan Forman, Ph.D. with psychology team members Meghan Butryn, Ph.D., Adrienne Juarascio, Ph.D., Stephanie Manasse, B.A. and Applied Informatics team members Guarav Naik, M.S., Jeffrey Segall, M.S., Michele Spotts, B.S. and Sean Quilty, B.S. The team will develop a multi-function smartphone app to aid individuals with binge eating disorder.

The second team is "Mind Fun" led by Brian Daly, Ph.D., with interdisciplinary collaborators across Drexel University, including William Regli, Ph.D., Frank Lee, Ph.D., and James Connell, Ph.D. The team will develop a gaming module to aid children with ADHD and challenges with executive function.