PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plc today launched Target the Future, an international, multi-year initiative dedicated to advancing innovation and addressing key needs in the multiple myeloma community. The program will provide education on progress in the field of multiple myeloma, identify key challenges the community faces, and facilitate solutions to help create a better future for patients, their caregivers and loved ones.
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Target the Future was inspired by the recent advances in the field of multiple myeloma combined with the remaining challenges that patients face. Multiple myeloma is the third most common blood cancer worldwidei and second most common blood cancer in the US;ii it is generally considered treatable, but not curable.iii Despite recent treatment advances and the availability of newer and combination therapies, outcomes remain poor for patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.iv
"We've seen significant innovation in the development of new therapies for multiple myeloma during the past two decades, yet patients still face significant challenges, including access to care, emotional distress and disparities in outcomes among certain populations," said Tania Small, Vice President, Global Medical Oncology Franchise Head, GSK. "As part of our ongoing commitment to the myeloma community, we connected with patients and caregivers to identify some of the community's key challenges, and now, we're calling on innovative minds around the world to contribute potential solutions to help address these issues. Together, we can accelerate ideas that will make a positive and meaningful impact for patients with multiple myeloma."
Target the Future Think Tank Challenge
Target the Future aims to foster understanding of unmet needs in the multiple myeloma community and assist in developing solutions for these challenges. Beginning today, the program's Target the Future Think Tank Challenge will accept submissions of ideas to create a better future for the multiple myeloma community. A grant of approximately $100,000 will be awarded to the strongest proposal that will bring the idea to life. Between now and 11 February 2022, patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers, data scientists, advocates or non-profit organizations can submit their proposals at www.targetthefuturemm.com. GSK will share the winning idea with the community and continue the program in the years ahead to provide additional education and solutions for the myeloma community.
Persistent Challenges in the Multiple Myeloma Community
GSK consulted with patients and caregivers to identify key issues impacting the myeloma community that entrants could address with their proposals, including:
Understanding treatment options : While more treatments are available, understanding the appropriate options at each step of the journey can be difficult.
Getting the right care : Finding or traveling to the right healthcare provider can be hard for patients with limited transportation or location options.
Relieving the emotional burden : Managing stress associated with diagnosis, treatment, relapse, or the overall disruption to one's life can be taxing for both patients and their caregivers.
Addressing disparities and inequities : New ideas can help ensure equal access to care and resources.
Entries for the Think Tank Challenge will be judged based on criteria such as potential to impact the issue(s), novelty of the idea, feasibility to execute and alignment with unmet needs. The submissions will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary advisory group comprised of people personally and professionally connected to the multiple myeloma community.
To learn more about Target the Future or apply to the Think Tank Challenge, please visit https://targetthefuturemm.com.
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