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:
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:
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.
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:
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.