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Challenge Continuous Measurement of Blood Content in Saline
Continuous Measurement of Blood Content in Saline
Award:  $25,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 300
Posted: Jul 09 2015
Challenge ID: 9933690
 
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Abstract

The Seeker desires a device to continuously and/or repeatedly measure the amount of blood in a volume of saline. The device should be capable of measuring at least twice per minute for at least 60 minutes. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal, experimental proof-of-concept data, and prototype delivery if requested

Overview

The Seeker is looking for a device to continuously measure blood content in a small volume of saline. Blood is introduced continuously through a thin, flexible probe placed in the container of saline and the device must be able to measure the overall blood content in the container at least twice per minute for at least 60 minutes. The device must be able to measure over the range of 0 – 1.25 ml of blood in approximately 15 – 30 ml of saline with an accuracy of approximately 6 µl of blood. Only minimal stirring is allowed, thus devices should not rely on an assumption of uniform mixing of the blood in the saline solution. The rate of blood introduction may vary significantly, and may start and stop numerous times. 

The submission to the Challenge should include the following: 

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.  This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge (and delivery of a prototype if requested by the Seeker).   

The award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 9, 2015.  Late submissions will not be considered.

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