For developing a way to overcome the geographic unevenness of the nation’s blood supply, Chris Godfrey, a student in Brown University’s Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership program has won a share of $150,000 in a Harvard-sponsored contest.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A Brown University School of Professional Studies student has been named a finalist in a Harvard-sponsored competition to promote ideas that improve health care. Chris Godfrey of Dallas-based Bloodbuy will share a $150,000 award from the Health Acceleration Challenge with three other finalists.

Godfrey founded Bloodbuy to address the geographic unevenness of the U.S. blood supply. The company’s cloud-based technology allows participants in the blood market, such as hospitals, to connect on a national rather than merely regional scale.

Godfrey said he has continued to develop the enterprise during his studies in Brown’s Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership program: “This systemic issue serves as the focus of my Critical Challenge Project in Brown’s Healthcare Leadership program, where my solution has continued to take shape while working with Ryan Prater, Bloodbuy’s chief technical officer, our product development team, classmates at Brown, and blood banking experts at the Texas Medical Center.”

The Health Acceleration Challenge received more than 470 applications. Each application was reviewed by at least four of the Challenge’s more than 40 judges to select the four finalists announced today.