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Challenge Cleveland Clinic: Avoidance of Blood Vessels During Insertion of Medical Probes
Cleveland Clinic: Avoidance of Blood Vessels During Insertion of Medical Probes
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 776
Posted: Mar 21 2012
Challenge ID: 9932797
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This Challenge is seeking a theoretical design of an “early warning” sensor for blood vessels in the path of a medical probe. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Hemorrhage (bleeding) is a serious complication for medical procedures, especially those that take place in sensitive tissues or organs, such as the brain.  The best way to minimize the risk of hemorrhage is to avoid damaging blood vessels in the first place.  Solvers are challenged to design a theoretical “early warning” sensor that can accurately detect the presence of blood vessels in the path of an incoming medical probe, before any blood vessels can be intersected and damaged by the incoming probe.  Detailed technical requirements and suggestions for physiology to exploit are available in the full description. 

As a Theoretical Challenge, only a written proposal must be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.  

To receive an award, Solvers must transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.  However, the Seeker may be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award of $15,000 if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver. 

This Challenge has a unique feedback feature.  Solvers may pre-submit abstracts (less than 1 page) describing the crux of the idea, by 6-Apr-2012, to receive a brief evaluation from the Seeker.  Then Solvers may choose whether or not to proceed with a full submission (by the Challenge deadline) that incorporates the Seeker’s feedback on the general idea.

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An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon 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.

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