Acne is a skin condition that is estimated to affect nearly 10% of people worldwide. Since the skin is highly visible to others, people with acne often suffer low self-esteem because of their appearance. Although treatments are available, patients struggle with demanding dosing regimens and low levels of efficacy, especially those with moderate to severe acne. Therefore, the Seeker is looking for novel treatment approaches to improve acne patients’ lives.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that usually begins during puberty and is characterized by pimples that occur on the face, neck, and torso. Episodes of acne can often be successfully managed with medication and a thorough daily care regimen adjusted to skin type. Topical therapy is used for mild to moderate acne, while oral treatments are required for sufferers of moderate to severe acne. Patients may experience unwanted side effects such as skin irritation or even antibiotic resistance. Untreated blemishes or poorly controlled acne will lead to permanent scarring and psychological issues such as emotional pain, anxiety, and depression. Acne remains an unmet medical need, especially for individuals who do not respond to standard of care therapies. Therefore, the Seeker is looking for novel treatment approaches to improve acne patients’ lives.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 31, 2016.
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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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.