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August 19, 2021 - The INVENT Network held its 4th Annual Dragons' Den Competition on Thursday, July 8, 2021 via live webinar.  Presenting in front of our INVENT Dragons and over 40 colleagues in attendance, four clinical VTE / thrombosis studies were presented for a chance at a $40,000 (CAD) International Collaboration Prize:

  1. API-CALF (France | Canada) 
    Apixaban to treat calf vein thrombosis 
    Dr. Jean-Philippe Galanaud (Presenter)
  2. DAYS Pilot (Canada | Netherlands) 
    Pilot study to assess feasibility of evaluating the safety and efficiency of a simplified diagnostic approach for deep vein thrombosis
    Dr. Kerstin de Wit (Presenter)
  3. PERIPARTUM (Canada | U.S.A) 
    Peripartum anticoagulation management among pregnant women with VTE and its impact on patient outcomes
    Dr. Leslie Skeith (Presenter)
  4. SAVER (Canada | Germany) 
    Statins for venous event reduction in patients with venous thromboembolism 
    Aurélien Delluc (Presenter)

Following the competition, INVENT Council awarded the 2021 International Collaboration Prize to Dr. Aurélien Delluc of the SAVER Study: Statins for Venous Event Reduction in Patients with Venous Thromboembolism.  A $20,000 (CAD) Runner-Up Prize was awarded to Dr. Jean-Philippe Galanaud of the API-CALF Study: Apixaban to treat calf vein thrombosis.

The International Collaboration Prize is intended to help the project expand into multiple countries and facilitate international collaboration. The funding will permit the SAVER to collaborate  and open in the study in Germany through partnership with CTH Mainz Network at the Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis in Mainz, Germany.  Aiming to register with the European Union Drug Regulating Authorities Clinical Trials Database (EudraCT) and to be approved approval through the European Medicines Agency (EMA) through this partnership,  the study team aims to expand more rapidly to committed sites in Europe including Italy, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The study is projected to open in 60 sites globally. 

The API-CALF study will use the funding to secure institutional funding in three separate  grant competitions in Canada, France, and Switzerland with committed investigators at four different sites. 

The INVENT Network thanks the presenters,  judges, moderator, attendees, and all involved in making this year's competition a success. 

A complete video of the competition can be seen here. 


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