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Data Cubed Wins Finalist Spot for Video Game App Designed to Fight Opioid Addiction


Data Cubed Wins Finalist Spot for Video Game App Designed to Fight Opioid Addiction

Brooklyn Health Tech Start-Up that Harnesses Gaming Technology for Gathering Data Selected as Finalist in Prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Opioid Challenge"

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BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Cubed, a life-sciences technology company, has been selected as a finalist from among 97 entrants in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Opioid Challenge for its Resilience IQ (ResQ) platform. The app highlights the use of video game technology to help prevent relapse in people recovering from opioid addiction.

The ResQ app mobilizes an individual's social support network to intervene at times when the risk of relapse is greatest. It was selected by the Opioid Challenge, a call to innovation intended to find technology-enabled tools to support and connect individuals affected by opioid addiction.  

The three finalists will participate in a live pitch competition and be evaluated by onsite judges at the 12th Annual Health 2.0 Conference in September. The winners will be awarded prizes and promotional opportunities to showcase their top-ranking solutions and gain visibility in the health tech space. The top cash prize is $50,000.

"We are honored to be selected as one of three finalists in this important competition," said Paul Glimcher, the Chief Executive Officer of Data Cubed. "With the right collection tools, it is possible to monitor people's vulnerabilities to relapse every day and to identify critical moments to keep individuals on track. Colorful, rich and engaging game environments can be used in many innovative ways, from the fight against the opioid plague to the support of clinical trials for new drugs."

ResQ is an application for mobile devices that seeks to better understand people struggling with addiction through the use of surveys and games derived from gold standard clinical assessments and decision-making tasks. It also uses state-of-the-art techniques taken from the video gaming industry for high-levels of user engagement and retention. These include a gamified user experience, a colorful user-friendly dashboard and personalized support resources.  The app's algorithms prompt people in recovery and their supporters with key social messages and behavioral nudges.

Data Cubed LLC is a life-sciences tech company that is committed to building better societies through better data. The company evolved from an academic partnership with New York University and draws off the expertise of health, research and technology experts in academia and private industry. Data Cubed has developed a broad range of tools designed to engage participants and capture their key behavioral and health measures for applications ranging from clinical trials to patient support.

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