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Blueprint a Medical Transportation Device for Combat Rescue

TAGS:Life Sciences Physical Sciences Engineering/Design Tec^Edge (Air Force)
STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 1751
POSTED: 12/28/11

Deliver a concept/design for a next-generation medical transportation device that enables a rescuer to quickly and safely transport an injured person away from an active combat site. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9932705
 
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Challenge Overview

This Challenge is seeking innovative designs for a transportation device that can be carried into a combat site by a single rescuer, quickly unpacked to load an injured or deceased person, and used to safely evacuate the injured or deceased person away from the combat zone and into a helicopter. 

The current design is a collapsible medical stretcher that uses straps to secure the patient, but straps are too slow to deploy in the field.  Any design is acceptable as long as it meets all requirements; detailed Technical Requirements are available in the full description.  Key improvements over existing systems are: quick/simple loading of an injured person, ease for a single rescuer (on foot) to safely transport the injured person across difficult terrain, ability to support/stabilize the body’s vital functions, and overall elegance/simplicity of the design.  The Seeker expects to prototype winning designs; successful Solvers may be invited to engage in the design/prototyping process. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.  To receive an award, Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements. What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge implements an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For both forms of a theoretical Challenge, solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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