W. L. Gore and Associates is a global material company who develops unique high performance materials for demanding applications. Having created an aerogel insulation that is currently used in footwear, gloves, and mobile electronics applications, the Seeker is searching for a partner to identify new applications for the material in the area of medical devices.
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.
For this Challenge, medical devices include any equipment or technology used by a doctor, patient, caregiver, technician, or laboratory personnel. In addition these devices must be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration or other entity. The Seeker is interested in identifying collaborative partners with expertise in developing medical devices that could benefit from enhanced thermal regulation.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 2-4 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed time frame.
[NOTE: Only proposals from Solvers who can work as a collaboration partner will be considered.]
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on December 6, 2021.
Late submissions will not be considered.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Since 1958, Gore has solved complex technical challenges in demanding environments — from outer space to the world’s highest peaks to the inner workings of the human body. With more than 11,000 Associates and a strong, team-oriented culture, Gore generates annual revenues of $3.8 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.gore.com.
What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.
What is an eRFP Challenge?
An InnoCentive eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the InnoCentive Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.
After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.
This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.