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JPOD @ Boston, JLABS’ Health Tech Hub, Announces QuickFire Challenge Seeking Innovations in Digital Health Technology

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The role digital health technologies can play in improving scientific research and the health and wellness of individuals and communities is only just beginning to take shape. I believe the potential impact of these innovations is far-reaching and spans from enabling true patient data ownership and real-time monitoring of individual health status and population health, to more efficient research discovery, and improved hospital and other systems’ operating procedures.

To bolster the efforts of innovators using health technologies to tackle some of our biggest challenges in healthcare and wellness, Johnson & Johnson Innovation– JLABS has launched the JPOD @ Boston Digital Health Technology QuickFire Challenge in collaboration with the Cambrige Innovation Center (CIC). The visionary with the best idea to utilize data science and health technologies with the potential to prevent and intercept disease, improve surgical outcomes or deliver consumer solutions will receive one year of residency at the JPOD @ Boston, entry into the Health Tech @ JLABS program, access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem; and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

The JPOD @ Boston is in a prime location, nestled in the heart of Kendall Square often referred to as “the most innovative square mile on the planet.” This unique east coast geography offers a rich blend of promising startups working in the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health sectors to connect to Johnson & Johnson experts and resources around the globe. The JPOD @ Boston site is also located in the same building as Johnson & Johnson Boston Innovation Center, which has full and broad deal-making capabilities and a team that seeks to collaborate with regional entrepreneurs at startups, universities and institutes who are developing early-stage innovations across our areas of interest.

So, if you are selected as the awardee of the Challenge, you will have some of the leading digital health experts as your neighbors. As if that wasn’t enough, the region also provides access to some of the greatest medical and academic research institutions in the world as you look ahead for potential partnership on proof of concept and bringing your health tech innovation to life.

At Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, we recognize that disruptive innovations such as the use of artificial intelligence, software-based therapies, V/AR, blockchain, wearables and mobile and voice-tech solutions in healthcare can be difficult to implement given the complexities of scientific discovery coupled with a highly regulated environment. That is why JLABS started the JLABS @ Health Tech program to bridge the gap between ideas and commercialization for health tech entrepreneurs. By providing access to mentors, experts and experiences health tech innovators need to bring their companies forward, we aim to accelerate the realization of a world without disease through disease prevention and interception.

Whether you are aiming to benefit global public health, exploring digital health initiatives that help decode chronic illness, or analyzing healthcare disparities, we want to hear about what you are doing to address today’s unmet medical needs. 

I encourage you to apply today!


About the Challenge:

Innovators utilizing health technologies - with specific areas of focus including Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technology - with the potential to improve human health through digital therapies and beyond are invited to apply to the JPOD @ Boston Digital Health Technology QuickFire Challenge.

Applications opened April 30, 2019 and the submissions deadline is July 28, 2019 at midnight PDT.