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Diversity in Innovation QuickFire Challenge

Challenge ended

Grant funding up to $250,000

Consumer Health


Cura Therapeutics

Cura Therapeutics is developing an innovative immunotherapy platform to treat a wide range of solid malignancies and infectious diseases. Their technologies harness cytokines and immune receptors to create multi-functional proteins with potent anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.

TEZCAT Laboratories LLC

TEZCAT Laboratories LLC is an early-stage biotechnology company focused on developing innovative protein-drug conjugates aimed to treat mutant Ras cancers.


Theradaptive aims to redefine regenerative medicine with a platform technology for precise delivery of biologics to enable outcomes that are out of reach for current therapeutics.

Seaspire, Inc.

Seaspire, Inc. aims to redefine skincare formulations with exceptionally effective ingredients inspired by nature to make the world healthier, safer, and more sustainable.


Our vision at Johnson & Johnson is for every person to use their unique experiences and backgrounds together – to spark solutions that create a better, healthier world.

By seeking out and encouraging diverse ideas and promoting collaborative thinking among inclusive teams, we believe the world can bring innovative healthcare solutions to patients and consumers that will improve health for humanity.

The Diversity in Innovation QuickFire Challenge offers an opportunity for U.S.-based innovators who are Black/ African American, Hispanic/ Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native to receive funding and mentorship to advance their science.

The multicultural innovator(s) with the best idea, technology, or solution that aims to improve human healthcare will receive up to $250,000 in grant funding, access to the global JLABS network and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Rewards and Benefits

Grant funding up to $250,000
  • Access to the global JLABS network
  • Mentorship by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Areas of Interest

We encourage innovators to submit potentially ground-breaking ideas in all aspects of human healthcare, including a particular interest in the following areas: 

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Healthcare 
  • Health Technologies 
  • Medical Devices 
  • Cross-sector Initiatives  

Application Process

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

  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Potential impact on human health
  • Identification of key resources and plan to further idea

Why this challenge matters to us

At Johnson & Johnson Innovation, we believe a good idea can come from anywhere, and it’s our goal to find new and innovative technologies that aim to provide solutions to patients from across the world. Working together, we can spark the next great idea that can potentially change the trajectory of health.


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

Make sure your browser is up to date and accepting cookies. You can contact customer service at [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties as well.

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 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.

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 upon the future patentability of your invention.

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 can be found prior to filling out the application.

What are the specific criteria for application?

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

  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Potential impact on human health
  • Identification of key resources and plan to further 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?

Go JLABS.buzz/diversity to learn more. From there you can access the application website and set up an account.

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


October 7, 2019
Applications Open
January 9, 2020
Application Deadline
Awardee announcement

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 InnovationJLABS (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 aiming to seek out the best science called QuickFire Challenges. For more information, visit www.jlabs.jnjinnovation.com or follow @JLABS