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Media Release October 18, 2021

Statement by Bruce Roberts, PhD, FARE Chief Research Strategy and Innovation Officer Regarding the FARE Innovation Award Diagnostic Challenge, Formerly the FAITH Challenge

“On March 25, 2021, FARE launched a multi-million-dollar global competition to promote the development of innovative, accurate and accessible technologies that can simplify food allergy diagnosis and offer an alternative to the oral food challenge as the ‘gold standard’ test to diagnose food allergy. At the time of its launch, this competition was named the FAITH Challenge.

We are excited by the progress of the competition and by the quality and creativity of the proposals we have received. Our panel of expert judges is now evaluating proposals, and we anticipate announcing the award of the competition’s first stage in January 2022.

FARE is dedicated to expanding options and accessibility in all areas of food allergy prevention and care. Recognizing that we may want to host future challenges to drive innovation, we are giving this competitive framework a broader name: the FARE Innovation Award. Going forward, our ongoing competition to bring to market an accessible, affordable, reproduceable, patient-friendly, point-of-care diagnostic test for food allergies will be called the FARE Innovation Award Diagnostic Challenge.”

Learn more about the FARE Innovation Award Diagnostic Challenge at innovation.foodallergy.org. Please direct any questions to Bruce Roberts, PhD, FARE Chief Research Strategy and Innovation Officer, at innovation@foodallergy.org

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About FARE

FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is the nation’s leading non-profit engaged in food allergy advocacy as well as the largest private funder of food allergy research. FARE’s innovative education, advocacy and research initiatives transform the future of food allergy through new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation, and novel approaches to managing the disease. To learn more, visit: foodallergy.org.

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