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Challenge Seeking New Methodologies for Bruiseless Injection

Seeking New Methodologies for Bruiseless Injection

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 176
Posted: Nov 25 2016
Challenge ID: 9933903
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Injection of medical products through the skin almost inevitably leads to bruises in patients. The Seeker to this Challenge wishes to identify novel approaches – devices, chemicals and/or skin treatments – that can significantly reduce or take away the risk of bruises generated by injection. 

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Whenever a treatment involves injecting a product through the skin of a patient, the risk of bruises is rather high as a result of blood vessels (large or small) being damaged by the needle. This is always unpleasant and a problem to the patient, even more so if the bruise occurs in an area of the body which is exposed. 

Hence, the Seeker wishes to identify novel approaches – devices, chemicals and/or skin treatments – that can significantly reduce or eliminate the risk of bruises generated by injection. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 8th, 2017.  Late submissions will not be considered.


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An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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