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Challenge Cleveland Clinic: Methods to Reduce a Medical Device Driveline-Related Infection
Cleveland Clinic: Methods to Reduce a Medical Device Driveline-Related Infection
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 149
Posted: Oct 06 2014
Challenge ID: 9933487
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Mechanical circulatory support device cables (drivelines) are exteriorized through the skin in order to be connected to the external power supply and device controller. The drivelines are smooth surfaced or covered in velour to facilitate integration into patient skin and soft tissues. Healing of the exit site involves forming an adherent interface between the driveline surface and the patient’s tissues. Driveline trauma is an impediment to healing. This predisposes to infection, since it allows microorganisms to enter, grow along the driveline, and expand within the patient body. 

The Seeker is interested in methods or techniques that eliminate or prevent the driveline dehiscence at its exit from the skin and reduce infection or issues with wound healing. The mechanical, biological, or combination of various methods/techniques for driveline fixation is expected. 

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



Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices have been shown to provide a significant survival benefit over other therapies in patients with advanced heart failure. Despite advances in device technology and surgical techniques, infections that occur after MCS implant still remain among the most common issue in patients with these devices. The infection may involve different regions such as driveline exit site, around the MCS device implantation site, or the device components. It is currently believed that the driveline exit site is where the infection starts most frequently. 

The Seeker is looking for potential solutions that could minimize and/or eliminate the driveline infection and associated cable dehiscence, through mechanical, biological, or combination of various mechanisms, methods, or devices applicable for this clinical need. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit.  

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

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • Submission forwarding occurs during the Challenge.  Since submissions will be forwarded to the Seeker throughout the Challenge, please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission. If you submit an updated version of your proposal, please clearly indicate the new items and/or edits compared to your previous submission. This will allow the Seeker to quickly find the new information and determine how it improves your submission. 
  • 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 this proposal, including for promotional purposes. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 7, 2014.  Late submissions will not be considered. 

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 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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