The mission of Lyme Innovation is to solve the critical prevention, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation challenges in the Lyme disease field. The method is to attract new ideas and research backgrounds from diverse fields — from medicine to basic science to business and art — and bring different skillsets and perspectives together to tackle these wicked problems.

Lyme Innovation is a partnership between the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, MIT Hacking Medicine, and the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation, State Street Capital and Project Lyme. 

In 2016 & 2017 Lyme Innovation took on the two-day Hackathon format in which each of the top five teams were awarded thousands of dollars in prize money. No prior Lyme disease research experience is necessary. After learning about Lyme disease through lightening speeches, innovative multidisciplinary teams formed to propel the Lyme disease field to the next level. Each team had access to an extensive group of mentors — these were nationally recognized leaders in Lyme research or treatment — and the teams worked on important projects addressing one of the top Lyme disease challenges.

Lyme Innovation teams focus on developing solutions in the following critical areas:

► The incubation of an accurate diagnostic that is Federally approved for use & detects Bb infections/exposure with 90%+ accuracy for all stages of Lyme disease.

► The development of effective medical treatment options for late-stage Lyme/PTLDS that lead to functional cures in patients with symptoms for greater than 12 months.

A founding grant from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation has made Lyme Innovation possible. #lymeinnovation