Propose a theoretical method to reconnect two fluid-bearing tissues (bladder & urethra) without using sutures.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Some surgeries, such as radical prostatectomy, require the surgeon to sever tissues in order to proceed with the repair operation. When the severed tissue is a fluid-carrying conduit such as the urethra, it can be difficult to reconnect the severed tube (urethra) to the bladder. Solvers are Challenged to submit a better method to reconnect a fluid-bearing vessel (bladder) to a conduit (urethra), after the two have been severed during surgery. Details on known technologies and surgical practice are included in the Full Description of the Challenge.
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 $20,000 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 7-July-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 initial idea.
What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?
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.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these 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.