Last year, we set out on a journey. A journey to change the lives of millions of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). And together with the help of the whole world, we’re now well on our way.
We asked the MS community to share their daily challenges of living with the condition. Because with unpredictable symptoms, day-to-day tasks can be a real struggle – everything the everyday shouldn’t be. So we asked innovators, creatives, designers, and anyone inspired to make a difference, for solutions.
And after months of scribbling, sketching and head scratching, we received
From the 40 mind-blowing ideas we received, our Judging Panel had the tough job of selecting the final short list of just three. It was then over to the wider world to vote for the winner.
Here are the three finalists.
An innovative and inclusive app, BladdeRunner addresses the needs of those suffering from bladder control, giving users more independence and enhanced self-esteem.
Paadje is a unique belt that improves gait by providing interactive visual cues while guiding the user on a continuous path.
Thanks to all innovators who submitted their ideas. The winning idea was voted for from a shortlist of three. Each of which had the potential to benefit the most people within the MS community, based on our Judging Criteria.
Find out more about the people involved in our journey so far, and hear their personal stories.
Our judges – a panel of industry leaders and experts from within the MS and innovation communities – have lent their combined knowledge and expertise to shortlist all of the ideas we’ve received down to the final three. Once the world has chosen their winner, our Judging panel will continue to share their experience in helping to develop the winning idea.
Suzanna van Straaten
MS Europe at
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The World vs.MS is powered by Sanofi Genzyme and supported by Multiple Sclerosis Ireland and Entrepreneurial Spark.
Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator, working closely with new start-ups and growing ventures to help them develop the key entrepreneurial and business skills they need in order to flourish.
Their vision closely aligns to ours – to inspire and enable social change. And their experience of nurturing entrepreneurial and innovative talent will help to identify the solutions with the potential to make a meaningful difference to the lives of people living with MS. They will also guide and support the chosen winner, helping to them to turn their idea into a reality.Learn more
Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care business unit of Sanofi, focuses on rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology and immunology.
They help people with debilitating and complex conditions that are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Their approach is shaped by their experience developing highly specialised treatments and forging close relationships with physician and patient communities. They are dedicated to discovering and advancing new therapies, providing hope to patients and their families around the world.Learn more
Multiple Sclerosis Ireland is the only national organisation in Ireland providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community.
They have a vision of a society where “all people affected by MS live positive and active lives in the community.” And put simply, this is our aim too. For over 50 years MS Ireland have been working closely with those living with MS and now they’re lending their knowledge and expertise to guide the direction of The World vs.MS, helping to ensure positive and relevant outcomes for the MS community.Learn more
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