The National Eye Institute has its sights set on stimulating researchers to move rapidly toward treatments for retinal diseases. We need your scientific expertise! The NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (3-D ROC) is a prize competition to develop a physiologically-competent 3-D retina organoid model. Ideation winners were selected in fall 2017. Implementation, called Reduction to Practice, will launch in early 2018 and offer multiple prize opportunities for participants that submit data showing their abilities to generate functional human retina organoids.
Why is NEI sponsoring a challenge?
- Deliver a robust 3-D retina organoid system that can be leveraged by the broader research community.
- Galvanize cross-discipline collaborations to encourage transformational advances that will result in meaningful therapies.
- Eliminate limitations in current organoid protocols and accelerate development of 3-D retina organoids that faithfully model human tissue.
- Model retinal diseases and test treatments in a system directly relevant to humans.
Why should scientists participate?
- Chance to win up to $1M* in prizes and recognition.
- Exposure to industry partners, vision advocacy groups, small businesses, cell banks, and other stakeholders.
- Opportunity to team up with scientists from diverse fields such as developmental biology, stem cell biology, bioengineering, and materials science.
Company or organization interested in supporting the participants?
Keep your eyes on the prize!
- “Ideation” completed fall 2017; “Reduction to Practice” coming early 2018
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*US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to win prize money.