The Seeker desires a system to perform whole body image acquisition and analysis for skin disease analysis in a clinical research setting and is seeking a collaboration partner to supply and/or further develop or adapt technology for this use.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933904
Health care is moving towards smart online devices such as wearables with smart phone apps for monitoring. In the same way that a Fitbit measures activity, people are now able to observe their heart rate and respiratory rate throughout the day. This InnoCentive Challenge attempts to harness the excitement around the technology of online monitoring and apply this technology to drug research and development. Our aspirations include measuring drug concentrations and markers of drug efficacy and toxicity. Such online longitudinal measurement of small molecules (e.g. testosterone, estrogens, corticosteroids, and acetaminophen) has the potential to impact the way that pharmacology and toxicology is investigated in preclinical drug discovery. The advantage would be to gain much more information from each experiment. Current studies, both preclinically and in our patients, are restricted by access to tissue biopsies, timing of such biopsies, and limitation on blood draws. There are already examples of online monitoring sensors for specific molecules, such as glucose, being used in the clinic to great effect. We want to access a generic device that can allow longitudinal measurement of the concentrations of multiple small molecules in blood and other tissues.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933932
The Seeker is looking for a material, nanoparticle, or otherwise, that can be incorporated in polymer formulations and that changes the color of polymer layers when interacting with an external stimulus.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933868
Enteric diseases in poultry result in a number of problems including food safety, performance losses, and increased mortality. Necrotic enteritis is one of the most common enteric diseases in poultry and the worldwide annual loss is estimated to be over $2 billion. Therefore, Elanco desires novel approaches for the prevention, treatment, or control of necrotic enteritis in poultry.
*** Webinar *** An online webinar presented by Elanco and InnoCentive concerning Elanco's Grand Challenge Program will be held on October 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM (US Eastern Time). The webinar will include a question and answer session. Register in advance here: https://innocentive.webex.com/innocentive/j.php?RGID=re71ea91971dce8a5bd40cbb6d0d0b74c.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar. A recording will be attached to this Challenge for those who are unable to attend.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933891
In order to safeguard the performance of instrumentation and improve maintenance operations, the Seeker is looking for a quasi-distributed sensor system that can detect and measure the concentration of corrosive and damaging gases - H2S, NOx, SOx and CO2 - in oil and gas wells.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and/or sample delivery.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933867
The Seeker is looking for additives or new materials (polymers or additives) that lower the permittivity of current products used for electrical insulation in high-voltage power distribution.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data (and/or sample delivery). Purely theoretical solutions are also welcomed and these may qualify for awards up to $15,000 if they are judged to meet the Technical Requirements listed below.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933869
Fish is a good source of protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least twice per week, thus the consumption of salmon has reached an all-time high. As is the case with humans and other animals, salmon are susceptible to infectious diseases. Therefore, the Seeker is searching for new virulence factors of salmon disease.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933913
Each day millions of images are shared via social media and these images form a vast untapped reserve of information about events both large and small. One useful capability when analyzing these images would be a method to automatically and accurately estimate the size of various objects in the image. The Seeker desires an algorithm to coarsely categorize, by size, objects of the same type from social media images.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, proof-of-concept data, and delivery of computer source code and executable.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933774
The Seeker aims to identify a detection method that can determine the orientation of a person lying on the top of a plain surface.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933758
The increasing use of rooftop solar power generation and other Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) promises to make local utility management much more complex in the coming years. The Seeker is asking for ideas on how to create a system to monitor and manage the complicated utility distribution networks of the future.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933848