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Challenge Novel Applications for Nanofiber Technology
Novel Applications for Nanofiber Technology
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 252
Posted: Feb 27 2015
Challenge ID: 9933676
 
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Abstract

Synthesized from polymers, nanofibers have an average diameter of 50 to 1000 nanometers. These fibers are well-suited for tissue engineering since they accurately mimic the fibrous nature of the extracellular matrix produced by cells. Using various techniques, nanofiber drug loading can be accomplished. The Seeker is looking for human diseases or conditions for which the properties of nanofibers could provide a significant advantage over current methods of treatment.

Nanofibers can be used to develop scaffolds that closely resemble the architecture found in cells with similar porosity and elasticity properties to collagen. These nanofibers have high affinity for human tissues and could be used to deliver drugs topically (e.g. sublingual, skin, ophthalmic, etc.) and locally (e.g. tumor, fibrotic tissue, heart, lung, etc.).

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

Overview

Applications for nanofibers in the healthcare arena are comprised of three main categories: tissue engineering, wound healing, and drug delivery. Nanofibers can be used to develop scaffolds that closely resemble the architecture found in cells with similar porosity and elasticity properties to collagen. Nanofiber layers of biopolymers containing antibacterial agents are effective for enhancing the growth of dermal tissue while lowering the risk of infection. Furthermore, active pharmaceutical ingredients incorporated into nanofibers have the potential to deliver drugs topically (e.g. sublingual, skin, ophthalmic, etc.) and locally (e.g. tumor, fibrotic tissue, heart, lung, etc.) based on the high affinity of nanofibers for human tissues. The Seeker is interested in new applications for nanofibers that have yet to be explored. The goal is to identify an unmet need in a human disease or condition and describe how nanofibers would solve the problem in a novel manner.

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 $4,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000.
  • 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 April 3, 2015.  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.

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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