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Roche Diabetes Care Challenge

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 303
Posted: Feb 21 2017
Challenge ID: 9933981
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More than 29 million Americans live with diabetes, a metabolic disorder that is characterized by insufficient production or inadequate utilization of insulin resulting in abnormal fluctuations in blood glucose. For diabetics, self-monitoring of blood glucose is essential for knowing when to make therapy adjustments. In the United States, the blood glucose monitoring industry has experienced a negative growth trend despite an increasing number of patients with diabetes. Roche is looking for innovative ideas and solutions that may help a traditional blood glucose manufacturer, like Roche, reverse this trend while meeting patient needs. 

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


As manufacturer of the Accu-Chek® brand of blood glucose monitoring systems, Roche Diabetes Care is well known for its high quality and accurate diagnostic products for disease management.  In recent years, Roche Diabetes Care, as well as other traditional blood glucose manufacturers, has experienced a negative growth trend in the United States. It is postulated that this market decline is substantially due to reduced reimbursements rates by US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Yet Roche remains committed in its goal of offering new blood glucose monitoring solutions to patients with diabetes. To complement its efforts, Roche is looking for innovative ideas and solutions that may help it achieve this goal and reverse the current market trend in the US.  

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

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) 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 $2,000. 
  • 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 March 23, 2017. 

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


Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. For more information, please visit

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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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