Sharp objects such as scalpels and suture needles are a necessity of surgery. Minor cuts and pin pricks to operating staff sound relatively minor, but exposure to a patient’s blood can carry serious risks. We are searching for alternative materials that are more puncture resistant than latex surgical gloves, but retain tactile sensitivity needed for surgery.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution
Sharp objects such as scalpels and suture needles are a necessity of surgery. A risk that these objects carry is the accidental injury of surgical staff. Minor cuts and pin pricks sound relatively minor, but exposure to a patient’s blood – which often contaminates these objects – can carry serious risks. Ideas are needed for alternative materials or techniques to produce properties of materials that are more puncture resistant retain the tactile sensitivity of latex gloves.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
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 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.