The ability to detect molecular interactions quickly and accurately is essential for the successful interrogation of biological systems and development of new therapeutic drugs. The Seeker is looking for a highly sensitive technique to directly detect a change in a physico-chemical property that results from a molecular interaction in solution.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Central to drug discovery is detecting the interaction of a biomolecule (a target, such as a protein or DNA) with a binding partner (ligand). There are many ways to do this, however the most common methods utilize labeling or immobilization of the target molecule. These approaches can be sensitive but may interfere with the results by altering the protein structure. The Seeker desires an innovative, label and immobilization free approach for the rapid detection and quantification of target ligand interactions.
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 February 3, 2020.
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.
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.