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CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for BIPOC Communities

CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for BIPOC Communities

80 days remaining

Grant funding from a total pool of $150K

Overview

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities have long been disproportionately impacted by diseases in the United States. Black Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 remain twice as likely to die from heart disease than their white counterparts.1 American Indians and Alaska Natives have traditionally experienced a higher mortality rate than other races across a variety of diseases, including chronic liver disease, diabetes mellitus, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.2 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders experience tuberculosis at a rate that is 40 times higher than non-Hispanic whites (20 vs. 0.5 cases per 100,000 population).3

As part of the California Life Sciences’ (CLS) Racial & Social Equity (RSE) Initiative, a multi-year commitment to create change for the historically excluded BIPOC communities in California, there is an increased focus to address the healthcare disparities that impact these communities by advancing potential solutions designed to drive better health outcomes and to provide equitable access to care.

To that end, the members of California Life Sciences (CLS), with support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and AbbVie, are proud to launch the CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for BIPOC Communities, a follow-up challenge to last year’s CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for Diverse Innovators. California-based innovators are invited to submit potential solutions for BIPOC communities which have been historically marginalized.

The innovator(s) with the best potential solution will receive grant funding from a total pool of $150,000, one year of complimentary California Life Sciences membership to allow awardees visibility through CLS events and programs and access to new and existing collaboration partners, and one awardee will be invited to participate in the 2023 Spring FAST Program, receiving commercialization advising from a tailored group of industry veterans.*

*Subject to the execution of the necessary documentation and (award) agreements.

 

Why this challenge matters to us

We remain committed to creating equitable opportunities, whereby every person can bring their unique experiences and backgrounds to spark solutions for a better, healthier world. To help profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity, we must help address health inequities impacting BIPOC communities. Working together, we can be the unified effort to help create change for historically excluded communities in California and across the globe.

What we’re looking for

California-based innovators will be invited to submit potentially ground-breaking solutions for patient communities which have been historically marginalized, with particular interest in the following areas:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Non-Human/Synthetic Biopharmaceutical
  • Med tech/Med device
  • Digital

Criteria

Potential solutions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Potential measurable impact to improve health equity for BIPOC communities in California 
  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Feasibility of the idea
  • Thoroughness of approach
  • Identification of key resources and a plan to further the idea

Awards

  • Grant funding from a total pool of $150K
  • One year of complimentary California Life Sciences membership to allow awardees visibility through CLS events and programs and access to new and existing collaboration partners
  • One awardee will be invited to participate in the 2023 Spring FAST Program, receiving commercialization advising from a tailored group of industry veterans.
April 20, 2022
Launch
August 5, 2022
Deadline
November 3, 2022
Award Announcement

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FAQs

What if I’m having trouble accessing the portal/website?

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Can I submit supporting documents (for example a video) as part of my application?

You will have the opportunity and are encouraged to upload supporting materials such as non-confidential slide decks, research papers, and videos as part of your application. You may submit a video along with your typed responses. Maximum length is 2 minutes. Make sure that you do not submit any information that is non-proprietary or owned by a third party.

Is it ok if some of the information I submit is confidential?

Do not submit confidential information. Only non-confidential information should be submitted and anything you submit will be treated as non-confidential.

What happens with IP (Intellectual Property)?

As this is a no strings attached arrangement, JLABS does not acquire any IP.  Any IP creation and/or protection remains the sole responsibility of the inventors.

Is a patent required to apply?

No, a patent is not required to apply.  However, you should not submit any information that you wish to keep confidential or that may negatively impact the future patentability of your invention, or that is considered a trade secret or privileged.

What kind of science / technology is appropriate for the Challenges?

We encourage all to apply. Find out more about what areas we desire to explore here: https://www.jnjinnovation.com/partnering

Who is eligible to apply?

Each Challenge has its own terms & conditions that we require you to accept, and that can be found prior to filling out the application.

Which stage of innovation are you interested in?

We are interested in tangible innovations at a variety of stages – including ideation, prototyping, piloting, and commercial launches. Submissions should align to our areas of focus and not be limited to academic research projects.

What are the specific criteria for application?

Potential solutions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Potential measurable impact to improve health equity for BIPOC communities in California 
  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Feasibility of the idea
  • Thoroughness of approach
  • Identification of key resources and a plan to further the idea

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Challenge or the application process?

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Where do I apply? And do I have to complete the application in one sitting?

You can setup an account at https://jnj-quickfire.smapply.io. You are able to save your work and log back in to finish later if needed.

What types of ideas are you interested in?

Submissions should have path to commercialization. While ideas can be early stage, we are not looking for research projects not pursuing a viable potential solution.

How can grant funding be utilized?

Applicants are asked to detail their intended use of funds as part of that QuickFire Challenge application and how they anticipate the funds will accelerate their solution forward to achieve the milestones outlined in their application. The grant funding must be used solely for the legitimate advancement of the innovative solution as described in the QuickFire Challenge application. For the avoidance of doubt, below is a non-exhaustive list of impermissible uses of the grant funding:

There are no specific rates or percentages that are allowable or not allowable with regards to overhead, etc. That said, all applications are evaluated on the impact the funds will have and milestone achievements. A progress report including details about the use of funds is required at the conclusion of the award period.

  • Brick and mortar costs
  • Lobbying, including but not limited to, grass roots lobbying
  • Provisions of healthcare services (e.g., direct patient engagement via a telehealth service)
  • Pass throughs to healthcare providers and/or government officials/employees (e.g., used for the salary of an HCP)
  • Payment towards past development activities (e.g., payment of business loan)

About Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC works across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer health sectors to accelerate early-stage, transformational solutions by catalyzing the best ideas, wherever they are in the world. We do this by harnessing our deep scientific capabilities coupled with a wide range of tools, including customized deal structures, company creation, incubation and startup services, capital investments and other innovative business models that aim to meet the diverse needs of entrepreneurs, scientists, and emerging companies. Our goal is to help life science and health technology innovations thrive through collaboration and partnership with the global ecosystem, so that together we can change the trajectory of human health. Meet our passionate team of science and technology experts and learn how to collaborate with us at www.jnjinnovation.com.

About California Life Sciences (CLS)

California Life Sciences (CLS) is the state’s most influential and impactful life sciences membership organization, advocating for the sector and its diverse innovation pipeline. For more than 30 years, CLS has served the community by supporting companies of all sizes, from early-stage innovators and startups to established industry leaders in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology. As integral components of a healthy and collaborative ecosystem, CLS also works closely with universities, academic and research institutions, the investment community, and other critical partners that promote this vibrant sector. With offices in South San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, CLS works to shape public policy, improve access to breakthrough technologies, educate lawmakers, and advance equity within our ecosystem by championing innovative solutions for some of the most pressing challenges of our times. In doing so, CLS fulfills its mission to protect and nurture California’s life sciences industry, empowering discoveries that lead to healthier lives around the world. #WeAreCaliforniaLifeSciences

Visit CLS at www.califesciences.org, and follow us on Twitter @CALifeSciences, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge is part of the CLS Racial and Social Equity Initiative, a unified effort to do more for the under-served and under-represented, focusing on the most critical need to address the inequality for Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander populations in California. #WeCommitToChange.

About AbbVie

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com.

 

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