TAGS: Chemistry Food/Agriculture Life Sciences Physical Sciences Royal Society of Chemistry Theoretical-IP Transfer
The Seeker to this Challenge is seeking for a new staining ingredient and/or formulation that can be added to an existing cleaning product in order to leave a sustained colored stain once applied on skin.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933850
TAGS: Chemistry Engineering/Design Physical Sciences Royal Society of Chemistry Theoretical-IP Transfer
The Seeker is looking for alternative methods to bond specific polymeric materials together other than adhesives. These polymeric materials can be in many forms including fabrics, rubber, foams and films. The bond must be durable and offer advantages over adhesives like cost and time savings.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933860
TAGS: Chemistry Food/Agriculture Life Sciences Ideation
Boehringer Ingelheim (The Seeker) is interested in small organic molecules that are safe for human use, show no, or very mild, biological activity, display cell permeability, and achieve high concentrations (µM) in the plasma when chronically administered via the oral route.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933854
TAGS: Business/Entrepreneurship Public Good Ideation
The MasterCard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize 2016 is looking for the world’s most impactful and sustainable financial services provider that puts “clients at the centre” of its thinking and operations for the benefit of poor people in developing countries.
The Prize consists of a US$150,000 award to expand or reinforce client-centric practices within the winning organisation.
Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM GMT (UK) on June 06, 2016. For further information about this Prize and to apply, please click here to be directed to its dedicated website.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933870
TAGS: Chemistry Life Sciences Royal Society of Chemistry Ideation
1. The Challenge and qualification for the award
Reduction in hearing sensitivity due to age, noise, or the use of toxic drugs is common and is a significant hindrance to social integration, often adversely affecting one’s quality of life. Hearing is mediated via the hair cells within the cochlea and hearing loss is often a result of the permanent loss of hair cells. Therefore, Boehringer Ingelheim (the Seeker) desires the identification of molecular mechanisms that overcome such blocks and will cause human hair cells to be regenerated in a functional manner.
All submitted solutions will be considered for the award. There will be a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. The total payout will be $15,000, with the possibility to distribute it amongst one or more Solvers, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000.
2. Additional application for Research Funding
In addition to consideration for the award for the submitted solutions, Solvers with appropriate qualifications and expertise having access to a suitable research laboratory and equipment can apply for research funding (“Research Funding”) to execute a research plan that is proposed in the solution. The selection of candidates for Research Funding will be conducted after completion of this Challenge and will require the submission of additional information. The decision to fund research will be at the discretion of the Seeker.
Submissions to this Challenge including additional optional application for Research Funding must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 24, 2016. Late submissions will not be considered.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933853
During early development, embryonic stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can be stimulated to proliferate and develop into all different cell types. In adults, these endogenous cells are found in tissues and they can divide either to replenish the stem cell population or differentiate into specialized cells of the tissue in which they reside. These adult stem cells function as an internal maintenance or repair system, so it would be beneficial to be able to direct and enhance this regenerative capacity. Therefore, Boehringer Ingelheim (the Seeker) desires the identification of new molecular mechanisms and pathways involved in mobilization, stimulation, and differentiation of endogenous stem cells.
In addition to consideration for the award for the submitted solutions, Solvers with appropriate qualifications and expertise having access to a suitable research laboratory and equipment can apply for research funding (“Research Funding”) to execute the research plan that is proposed in the solution. The selection of candidates for Research Funding will be conducted after completion of this Challenge and will require the submission of additional information. The decision to fund research will be at the discretion of the Seeker.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933855
TAGS: Chemistry Physical Sciences Theoretical-IP Transfer
The Seeker is looking for materials that interact specifically with acetone. That interaction needs to result in an observable physical change in the material substrate such as swelling, shrinking, coiling, etc. A caveat is the material must have a low affinity for moisture as well. Form factors for the substrate material could be anything including, but not limited to fibers, films and fabrics.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933858
TAGS: Chemistry Physical Sciences Royal Society of Chemistry Theoretical-IP Transfer
The Seeker is searching for materials that physically change when they absorb/desorb moisture. The rate of absorb/desorb should be about the same, very fast and the change should be reversible.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933859
TAGS: Chemistry Engineering/Design Physical Sciences Theoretical-IP Transfer
Hydrogels used for contact lens have the advantage of ease of processing and high moisture content. Silicone hydrogels were developed to increase the oxygen permeability of lenses, but their hydrophobic nature of the material necessitates more steps to finish and low moisture content. The Seeker would like to find an innovative way to produce a more conventional hydrogel with increased O2 permeability, simple processing while maintaining the higher moisture content.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933849
On any given day, US companies are inundated by suspect requests from abroad that seek to acquire goods or knowledge that can be diverted by bad actors to produce weapons of mass destruction. At present, information about such requests is not routinely shared with government due to privacy concerns, legal prohibitions, and associated costs with sharing such information with US authorities. In these cases, information that could help contribute to intelligence on illicit proliferation networks is merely discarded, rather than being funneled to the appropriate actors within government who could benefit from this information.
This Challenge seeks to build an information sharing solution backed by market-based incentives whereby private industry can identify and share suspect information that can help governments disrupt foreign based individuals, corporations, terrorist groups or governments from acquiring US technologies to build nuclear weapons of mass destruction. By facilitating a platform through which anonymous information on suspect purchase inquiries could be collected and shared, this information could be used by other companies to help reduce the internal due diligence necessary to research the legitimacy of overseas clients and by government to identify foreign proliferation requests.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933709