Acne is a skin condition that is estimated to affect nearly 10% of people worldwide. Since the skin is highly visible to others, people with acne often suffer low self-esteem because of their appearance. Although treatments are available, patients struggle with demanding dosing regimens and low levels of efficacy, especially those with moderate to severe acne. Therefore, the Seeker is looking for novel treatment approaches to improve acne patients’ lives.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933873
Most government facilities utilize a dual door entry system where once a person enters the exterior door they must wait for it to close and lock before the interior door is open. This system prevents unauthorized personnel from “tail gaiting” authorized personnel to gain access to a building. This access control system is known as a “man trap, sally port, or access control vestibule” and is highly effecting in increasing a buildings security. To further increase protection to higher risk facilities Forced Entry, Ballistic Resistant (FE/BR) doors are utilized to harden the access control vestibule. These FE/BR doors can weigh up to 600 lbs. and are installed to mitigate effects of ballistic, manual, and in some cases explosive attacks.
The doors on either side of the access control vestibule (see figure 1) are affected by the air pressure inside room. When one of the two doors are opened an increase in air pressure occurs inside the vestibule and sometimes prevents the open door from closing in a timely manner or latch correctly. This not only increases the time for unauthorized personnel to gain access to the doors, but could increase the effects of an explosive blast on the exterior of the building. A reverse issue is a decrease in air pressure can occur when a door is opened and causes the doors configured in the vestibule to slam shut. HVAC can also affect the pressure inside the vestibule make doors harder to open.
This Challenge is looking for a system or modification that will mitigate the change in air pressure (increase and decrease) to allow the FE/BR doors to properly shut and latch, open within force standards, and close at a safe speed when configured in an access control vestibule. This system or modification can’t reduce the FE/BR door’s or surrounding wall’s ability to mitigate attacked manual, ballistic, or explosive attacks.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933553
People with dentures regularly need to clean them. Despite a number of products available off-the-shelf, this is a cumbersome and user-unfriendly procedure, as it is often time consuming and involves several tasks such as rinsing, brushing, and soaking in solutions.
The Seeker to this Challenge is looking to improve the consumer experience during denture cleaning and is seeking novel cleansers formats that are more consumer-friendly but still highly efficient.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933825
Health and education are essential for the economic development of society. In spite of differences created by geography or demographics, education is highly correlated with not only life span, but also economic growth. An educated worker is more productive and as a parent will make better choices and provide more opportunities for their children to succeed. Research in the developing world indicates that educational status (especially of the mother) is a predictor of health outcomes. Much more can be done, especially in context of the developing countries as every minute, many women and children are dying from preventable diseases and treatable conditions. Therefore, Ideagen seeks to empower women & girls through new approaches that increase access to quality education and / or promoting their good health and well being.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933842
Leaf alcohol (cis-3-hexenol) is a fragrant compound naturally produced by plants widely used in the flavor and fragrance industry. Hence, good manufacturing processes that can meet this high demand are needed. Do you have a process to manufacture natural cis-3-hexenol at an industrial scale and in the most cost-effective manner possible?
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental data, and sample delivery.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933857
The American Heart Association (AHA), in partnership with Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), would like to hear your voice and gather your insights around how you, or your loved ones, make decisions related to the treatment of heart/vascular disease and stroke. Specifically, AHA and PCORI are interested in learning about the “decisional dilemmas” you face – your insights will help guide future research to improve heart health. Based on the input from you and others in the patient and caregiver community, we will identify important concerns and use the perspectives gained to target research towards what matters most. To hear more about the Challenge from the leaders of AHA and PCORI, click here.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for ten submitters.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933835
The use of denture adhesives often comes with an unpleasant sensorial experience for the user, for example, an unpleasant chemical taste, “swelling” and over-flow of the product (oozing) from the edges of the denture and a grainy texture in the mouth.
The Seeker for this Challenge is looking to improve this experience for consumers, hence is seeking novel alternative adhesive technologies that can better the sensorial experience without compromising holding performance.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933824
Sodium bicarbonate is a salt that is used as an ingredient in various products for many applications across various industries. It has a particularly strong salty taste, hence in applications where it is ingested, the salty flavour is pronounced. That is the case in toothpastes, where the beneficial gum protection effect that sodium bicarbonate delivers is overshadowed by the unpleasant salty taste that is felt by consumers, making such toothpastes unpopular.
Do you have a technology that can mask the salty taste and make it imperceptible in toothpastes?
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and, if requested by the Seeker, sample delivery.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933826
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
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