February 4, 2021 —Johnson & Johnson Innovation, together with the American Organization for Nursing LeadershipTM (AONL) and the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Leaders (SONSIEL), announced today that IsoPouch and Pain Rehabilitation Virtual Reality (PRVR) have been selected as the awardees in Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care.
To advance their research, IsoPouch and PRVR will receive a combined total of $100,000 in grant funding, mentoring from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem.
Scrub pockets become inaccessible when wearing personalized protective equipment (PPE) isolation gowns. IsoPouch is a disposable, stick-on pouch used on isolation gowns to carry medical supplies.
Pain Rehabilitation Virtual Reality (PRVR)
Pain Rehabilitation Virtual Reality, developed through a collaboration with the CHARIOT program at Stanford and the iOuch Pain Lab at SickKids Hospital, aims to develop and implement virtual reality as an at-home rehabilitation treatment for adolescents with chronic pain.
In connection with our overall commitment to supporting frontline healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this QuickFire Challenge was inspired by the NurseHack4Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon where over 500 nurses, healthcare professionals, and tech enthusiasts convened virtually to help ideate potential solutions for COVID-19 health challenges. This is the fifth QuickFire Challenge in the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenges series with past challenges addressing topics like perioperative care, oncology, and maternal health.
The QuickFire Challenges are managed by Johnson & Johnson Innovation—JLABS, with the goal to address today’s greatest health care challenges.
About Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC focuses on accelerating all stages of innovation worldwide and forming collaborations between entrepreneurs and Johnson & Johnson’s global healthcare businesses. Johnson & Johnson Innovation provides scientists, entrepreneurs and emerging companies with one-stop access to science and technology experts who can facilitate collaborations across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer companies of Johnson & Johnson. Under the Johnson & Johnson Innovation umbrella of businesses, we connect with innovators through our regional Innovation Centers; Johnson & Johnson Innovation—JLABS; Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc.; and our business development teams to create customized deals and novel collaborations that speed development of innovations to solve unmet needs in patients. JLABS provides the laboratories, expertise, education, tools and resources needed to help life science startups thrive, all with no strings attached. A Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center (CDI @ TMC) has been established to accelerate the development of medical devices. For more information about Johnson & Johnson Innovation, please visit: www.jnjinnovation.com.
About Johnson & Johnson Innovation—JLABS
Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and health tech sectors to create and accelerate the delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to patients around the world. JLABS achieves this by providing the optimal environment for emerging companies to catalyze growth and optimize their research and development by opening them to vital industry connections, delivering entrepreneurial programs and providing a capital-efficient, flexible platform where they can transform the scientific discoveries of today into the breakthrough healthcare solutions of tomorrow. At JLABS, we value great ideas and are passionate about removing obstacles to success to help innovators unleash the potential of their early scientific discoveries. JLABS is a no-strings-attached model, which means entrepreneurs are free to develop their science while holding on to their intellectual property. JLABS also produces campaigns to seek out the best science called QuickFire Challenges. For more information, visit www.jlabs.jnjinnovation.com or follow @JLABS.
About Johnson & Johnson Nursing
Johnson & Johnson has supported the nursing profession for over 120 years because we believe nurses are uniquely positioned to change the global trajectory of health for humanity. Nurses, over 29 million strong, are our critical partners on the front lines of care and are the backbone of healthcare systems around the world. As we work to change the trajectory of health for humanity, Johnson & Johnson is proud to support and elevate the visibility and impact of nursing by championing nurse-led innovation, supporting skills development, developing nurse leaders and strengthening nurse resiliency. We are committed to advocating for, and empowering nurses globally as critical drivers of better health outcomes. Together with our partners, Johnson & Johnson is proud to shine a spotlight on nurses and their impact, and directly empower their work, because we believe they are, and have always been, catalysts to changing the trajectory of health for humanity. Nurses change lives. And that changes everything.
The Society Of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL) is purpose-built to create new opportunities and recognition for all Nurses within health care innovation. With a diverse membership, the organization collaborates across existing Nursing organizations and shares a common goal of positioning the profession to participate in developing solutions and increasing Nursing’s influence as leaders of health care innovation.
SONSIEL Nurses are courageous solution driven, collaborative, change makers, influencers, thought leaders, champions of innovation, risk takers — all committed to elevating and supporting one another. Each has an impressive record of demonstrable impact and accomplishments within the profession and beyond. SONSIEL annually hosts their ThinC Conference: The Healthcare Conference designed and led by nurses; NurseHackathons, Monthly Virtual Nurse Innovation Meetups, A Year Fellowship program: FIEL: Fellowship of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership; and orchestrated the largest movement of PPE led by a nursing organization in the US, via the SHARE program, which helped distribute over 300,000 pieces of PPE directly to the frontlines in 2020; in addition they published the Rebel Nurse Handbook, which is a compilation of short stories of over 40 stories of the founding members of SONSIEL who share their stories of changing the trajectory of nursing.
SONSIEL is an international platform for Nurses to engage and advocate for Nursing’s role in influencing and directly impacting global health through innovation, and entrepreneurship. The organization is recognized as an Associate Member of The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO) to the United Nations. This status enables SONSIEL members to participate on committees at the United Nations and have a worldwide impact.
About American Organization for Nursing Leadership™ (AONL)
As the national professional organization of more than 10,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. AONL’s membership encompasses nurse leaders working in hospitals, health systems, academia and other care settings across the care continuum. Since 1967, the organization has led the field of nursing leadership through professional development, advocacy and research that advances nursing leadership practice and patient care. AONL is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit AONL.org.