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Increasing the Affordability of Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine in Low- and Middle-income Countries

TAGS:Engineering/Design Life Sciences Global Health Developing Countries Business/Entrepreneurship
STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 432
POSTED: 11/10/11

The goal of this Challenge is to identify problems or opportunity areas where eventual solutions might significantly reduce the cost of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) use in low- and middle-income countries.  

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9932837
 
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Challenge Overview

The goal of this Challenge is to identify problems or opportunity areas where eventual solutions might significantly reduce the cost of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) use in low- and middle-income countries.  

The Seeker for this Challenge (BeyondPolio, a program of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation in conjunction with Spencer Trask & Co.) is especially interested in novel, unexplored ideas that will point to unexpected ways to effect cost savings.  Proposed ideas in Winning Solutions may form the basis for new Challenges or be transformed into independent research projects. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award which will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $25,000, with the Seeker willing to issue between one and five awards, with no award being smaller than $5,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in the proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified regarding the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

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 an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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