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Award Selection Process

A Unique Approach to Identifying Innovations

The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award is unlike any other, awarding unheralded medical leaders pioneering new innovations.

To find these pioneers, we needed a selection process all its own. The unprecedented rigor of this system will pinpoint areas of medical innovation along with identifying and vetting leaders in five stages to ensure nominees have the most promising potential to transform health care.

Each step involves scientific methods, techniques and tools, along with leaning on the expertise of medical leaders in several areas to find those who have pushed boundaries and overcome obstacles.

Unprecedented, Data-Driven Selection

A data-driven, evidence-based approach starts the selection process, gathering scientific information and funneling it through a systematic evaluation.

Sanford Health has developed and validated an algorithmic system to help collect this data and identify innovations early in the process.

Seven measures will be evaluated together to reveal patterns in research and technology that are happening now. Each pattern will be analyzed against criteria to determine large-scale potential for global health impact.

Expert, Worldwide Opinions

We know that in determining the next medical breakthrough, data isn’t enough. We also need the expertise and guidance of visionary medical leaders to light the way.

Sanford Health will tap individuals throughout the selection process with expertise in several areas to judge different attributes and discovery areas in a structured manner. These experts are pioneers themselves, leading the way in several areas of medical innovation and research. Through point allocation and thorough discussion, together we’ll determine standout innovations and select finalists that embody the spirit of the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award.

Meet the International Board  |  Meet the Scientific Advisory Board

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1

Analyze Early Signals

A sophisticated algorithm and clustering analysis help identify emerging medical innovations.

2

Engage the Experts

Scientific experts review the early signals analysis to pinpoint the most promising innovation topics.

3

Identify the Nominees

From selected topic areas, a pool of nominees who embody the spirit of the Award will be identified.

4

Select Three Finalists

An esteemed Scientific Advisory Board will consider the leading candidates and nominate three finalists for consideration.

5

Award the Winner

The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award’s inaugural winner will be selected by the Sanford International Board.

When collaboration wins, we all win.

Medical and thought leaders from across the globe are coming together to guide the process and vet nominees for the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award. Along with Sanford Health, this visionary group of influencers is changing the face of medical care in their own work and will help set the drumbeat for worldwide innovation and future cures. Meet the people who will help decide.

 

Award Selection Process

A Unique Approach to Identifying Innovations

The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award is unlike any other, awarding unheralded medical leaders pioneering new innovations.

To find these pioneers, we needed a selection process all its own. The unprecedented rigor of this system will pinpoint areas of medical innovation along with identifying and vetting leaders in five stages to ensure nominees have the most promising potential to transform health care.

Each step involves scientific methods, techniques and tools, along with leaning on the expertise of medical leaders in several areas to find those who have pushed boundaries and overcome obstacles.

Unprecedented, Data-Driven Selection

A data-driven, evidence-based approach starts the selection process, gathering scientific information and funneling it through a systematic evaluation.

Sanford Health has developed and validated an algorithmic system to help collect this data and identify innovations early in the process.

Seven measures will be evaluated together to reveal patterns in research and technology that are happening now. Each pattern will be analyzed against criteria to determine large-scale potential for global health impact.

Expert, Worldwide Opinions

We know that in determining the next medical breakthrough, data isn’t enough. We also need the expertise and guidance of visionary medical leaders to light the way.

Sanford Health will tap individuals throughout the selection process with expertise in several areas to judge different attributes and discovery areas in a structured manner. These experts are pioneers themselves, leading the way in several areas of medical innovation and research. Through point allocation and thorough discussion, together we’ll determine standout innovations and select finalists that embody the spirit of the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award.

Meet the International Board  |  Meet the Scientific Advisory Board

Selection Stages

1

Analyze Early Signals

A sophisticated algorithm and clustering analysis help identify emerging medical innovations.

2

Engage the Experts

Scientific experts review the early signals analysis to pinpoint the most promising innovation topics.

3

Identify the Nominees

From selected topic areas, a pool of nominees who embody the spirit of the Award will be identified.

4

Select Three Finalists

An esteemed Scientific Advisory Board will consider the leading candidates and nominate three finalists for consideration.

5

Award the Winner

The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award’s inaugural winner will be selected by the Sanford International Board.

When collaboration wins, we all win.

Medical and thought leaders from across the globe are coming together to guide the process and vet nominees for the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award. Along with Sanford Health, this visionary group of influencers is changing the face of medical care in their own work and will help set the drumbeat for worldwide innovation and future cures. Meet the people who will help decide.

We need
you to win.

For more than a century, Sanford Health has made a difference by making visionary change. Today, we start one more.

The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award will honor a researcher or innovator pioneering the next breakthrough medical innovation. For the winner, it means a $1 million prize. For the world, it means a medical cure, treatment or invention that will impact lives today.