May 6, 2019 — Johnson & Johnson announced today on the first day of National Nurses week The Natural Nipple and Cincinnati Children’s as the award recipients in the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge. The challenge invited the more than 3.2 million nurses located throughout the U.S. to submit ideas for new devices, health technologies, protocols or treatment approaches that have the power to profoundly impact patient care and human health.
The Natural Nipple is a unique bottle modeled after a mother’s breast size, nipple shape and milk flow designed to promote prolonged breastfeeding invented by CEO Lauren Wright, PhD student, MSN, AGNP-BC and led alongside COO Tram Pham DNP, APRN, NP-C, ONC.
The Cincinnati Children’s team lead by Abby Hess, APRN, DNP, developed a breathing-controlled video game app and a device that connects the game to standard anesthesia equipment. Through a series of mini-games, the "Zoo Adventure" app aims to help children become comfortable with wearing a medical mask before surgery and calmly engages them as they fall asleep. The device is designed to be seamlessly integrated into the complex & fast-paced operating room environment.
As the awardees of the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge, The Natural Nipple and Cincinnati Children’s will receive a total of $100,000 in grants and access to mentoring and coaching from Johnson & Johnson, via Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS to help bring their ideas to life.
A second Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Perioperative Care was announced on April 6, 2019.
For over 120 years, Johnson & Johnson has supported nurses, through employment, platforms, partnerships, training and millions in scholarships, helping to educate, empower and inspire those in the field. Learn more about nurses who innovate and Johnson & Johnson’s 120 years of commitment to nursing at nursing.jnj.com.
The QuickFire Challenges are managed by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, 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.
For more information about the QuickFire Challenge, please visit: https://jlabs.jnjinnovation.com/quickfire-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
Throughout history, nurses have played an outsized role in interacting with patients, with foundational roles in prevention, education, treatment and recovery, bringing innovation to patient care that has profoundly changed patient outcomes. Supporting nurses has been at the heart of our work at Johnson & Johnson dating back to 1897, from employment to platforms, partnerships, training and scholarships. Today, as we work to change the trajectory of human health, we firmly believe that nurses (3.2 million strong in the US)are the backbone of our healthcare system, and our critical partners on the front lines of care. J&J is proud to support nursing, by advocating for and nurses as critical drivers of better health outcomes.
Nurses change lives. And that changes everything.
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