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Challenge Improving Thermal Stability of Proteins

Improving Thermal Stability of Proteins

Award: $30,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 362
Posted: Nov 12 2019
Challenge ID: 9934210
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Animal feed is comprised of an ingredient mixture that provides nutrition and promotes the health of pets and livestock. During the production process, feed is exposed to high temperatures and proteins may become inactivated or denatured. The Seeker desires innovative and cost-effective approaches to improve the thermal stability of these proteins.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


One step within the feed manufacturing process includes pasteurization to eliminate microbes and pathogens. Although necessary for sterilization and pellet formation, high heat is detrimental to the activity and potency of certain proteins. Therefore, it is vitally important to preserve protein stability and the Seeker is searching for new methods to accomplish this through the use of food-grade ingredients.

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 their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the Seeker.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 11, 2020. 

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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