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Challenge Access to Affordable and Essential Medicines in Developing Countries
Access to Affordable and Essential Medicines in Developing Countries
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 244
Posted: Jun 17 2014
Challenge ID: 9933430
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The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world’s developing world population is unable to receive or purchase essential medicine on a regular basis. Access to treatment is correlated directly with the availability of affordable medications. In many cases, these drugs are administered via injection by trained personnel. The Seeker desires an easy-to-use, low-cost, prefilled injection device for patients in low- and middle-income countries. 

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

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 1, 2014. 

Late submissions will not be considered.


The Seeker for this Challenge works to improve access to lifesaving medicines in low- and middle-income countries. Injection can be a particular challenge in low-resource settings and there are a number of factors that can limit the effective use of drugs administered by conventional injection in developing countries, particularly in remote and community settings. Too often, patients cannot access essential medication and this unmet health need results from several factors:

  • Prohibitively high cost
  • Inconsistent availability of medications where patients seek care
  • Difficulty with administration stemming from a limited number of skilled health care workers
  • Dangers associated with needle reuse and accidental needle-sticks
  • Risks involving glass breakage and inappropriate temperature control during transport and storage

The Seeker requests that Solvers identify novel, scalable, easy-to-use, low-cost, prefilled injection device concepts for the safe delivery of medicine to patients in developing countries. Low cost of goods is absolutely essential for impact, and the concepts must provide the potential for cost of goods significantly below that of prefilled injection devices already on the market. 

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

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award will be paid to the Solver with the best proposed solution. The total payout will be a single award of $5,000.
  • At the request of the Seeker, each submission will be evaluated, and the best proposed solution will be determined, independently of Seeker, by an independent evaluator (the “Evaluator”) in the exercise of the Evaluator’s independent analysis and judgment using the Solution Requirements and Project Criteria set forth in this Ideation Challenge.
  • The Solver with the best proposed solution is not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, the Solver with the best proposed solution, in consideration for the award, grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license on a worldwide basis to research, develop, manufacture and commercialize any information included in the best proposed solution. The Solver agrees to cooperate with the Seeker in giving full effect to such license grant, including applying for and obtaining any regulatory or other authorizations or approvals that may be applicable or needed to research, develop, manufacture and commercialize such information

After the Challenge deadline, the Evaluator will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the best proposed solution. All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

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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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