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JLABS San Diego QuickFire Challenge

JLABS San Diego QuickFire Challenge

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$25,000 in grant funds

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Vivreon Biosciences

Vivreon Biosciences is developing a new class of small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases. Candidate therapies defend healthy tissue by targeting a previously untapped inflammatory pathway – selective blockade of the calcium release-activated calcium (CRAC) channel.

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Snap Bio

Snap Bio leverages an integrated platform encompassing advanced synthesis and synthetic biology, including proprietary cell-free-biosynthesis (CFB) technology, along with structure-based drug design, to develop novel new chemical entities (NCE).

This unique combination of technologies is enabling structural modification of these modular scaffolds in ways that previously were not possible, thus allowing us to rapidly optimize selectivity, solubility, cell-penetration, metabolic stability, and other properties required for clinical success.

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The Challenge

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In honor of the 5-year anniversary of the first Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS site, JLABS has launched the San Diego QuickFire Challenge to attract cutting edge, early-stage innovation from around the world. The innovator with the best idea, technology, or solution that improves human healthcare will be awarded $25,000 in grant funding, a voucher for one year of residency at JLABS San Diego, including a laboratory bench, workstation and access to the JLABS community, and mentorship from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and/or its affiliates.

Rewards and benefits

  • $25,000 in grant funds
  • A voucher for one year of JLABS San Diego residency
  • Mentorship by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and/or its affiliates

QuickFire Challenge innovation focus areas

We encourage applications from companies working on all aspects of human healthcare, and have a particular interest in the following areas:

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 provide solutions to patients from across the world. Working together, we can spark the next great idea that will change the trajectory of health.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 https://jnjawards.fluidreview.com/helpdesk/contact/ if you are having technical difficulties as well.

For prizes involving space at JLABS, what does that entail and for how many people?

For challenges involving space at JLABS, that entails 1 lab bench and 1 workstation (desk) for 2 people maximum. If you have more employees, we can rent out an additional space.

For prizes involving space at JLABS, are there any expenses not covered by JLABS?

Each applicant will be required to submit to a background check, which is subject to a minimal fee.  We also collect a deposit that is refundable at the end of the lease term. There may be other expenses, but this will be dependent on the work that the company is doing in JLABS.  There may also be fees associated with EH&S waste, specialty equipment, printing and phone calls.

Will JLABS pay for my living costs, relocation or visas?

No, any additional fees and paperwork are up to the winner.

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?

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

  • Potential impact
  • Uniqueness of solution & level of competition in current market
  • Quality & feasibility of technology
  • Team credibility & capabilities
  • Plans for utilizing JLABS space
  • Idea submission outlines interest in the innovation ecosystem in San Diego
Who can I contact if I have questions about the Challenges 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 http:// jnjawards.fluidreview.com. You are able to save your work and log back in to finish at a later time if needed.

Application Process:

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

  • Potential impact
  • Uniqueness of solution & level of competition in current market
  • Quality & feasibility of technology
  • Team credibility & capabilities
  • Plans for utilizing JLABS space
  • Idea submission outlines interest in the innovation ecosystem in San Diego


Applications open
Submission deadline
Reviewers scoring period starts
Reviewers scoring period ends
Judging process begins
Finalist presentations (judging panel selects challenge winner(s))
Winner announcement

About Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators 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 is open to entrepreneurs across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health sectors.
JLABS currently has n locations in innovation hot spots across North America and produces entrepreneurial programs and campaigns to seek out the best science, like the QuickFire Challenges around the globe. The JLABS flagship opened in 2012 in San Diego at Janssen's West Coast Research Center, and since then, has established two locations in San Francisco - one through a collaboration with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and a second standalone facility in South San Francisco.  JLABS is also located in Boston through a collaboration with LabCentral, in Lowell, Massachusetts through a collaboration with UMass, in Houston through a collaboration with the Texas Medical Center (TMC), in Toronto through a collaboration with the Ontario Government and the University of Toronto and a new JLABS @ NYC (in collaboration with the New York Genome Center (opening in 2018).  For more information about JLABS, please visit www.jlabs.jnjinnovation.com.

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, 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. For more information, please visit www.jnjinnovation.com.