$1 MILLION (Prize amount to be confirmed. Announcement expected for next year)
An artificial womb is a device that would allow for extracorporeal pregnancy by growing a fetus outside the body of an organism that would normally carry the fetus to term.
Such device would be crucial to prevent the death of approximately 830 women a day for causes related to pregnancy.
Besides such a device could eliminate all pregnancy related diseases or unconfortable conditions for million of women around the world, guaranteeing a safe and controlled , disease free conditions for future babies while allowing their mothers to go on their working activities without interruptions due to pregnancy conditions.
It could also help in fetal surgery procedures or gene engineering eliminations of cancerous cells in the fetus.
Artificial wombs can also be utilized in the future in space related missions or colonization by allowing birth in extraterrestrial conditions in perfectly controlled conditions.