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JPOD @ Boston Digital Health Technology QuickFire Challenge

JPOD @ Boston Digital Health Technology QuickFire Challenge

Challenge ended

One year of residency at JPOD @ Boston

Global Public Health


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The Challenge


The JPOD @ Boston is a health tech industry hub for entrepreneurs and life science startups from Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS together with the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).

Innovators utilizing health technologies aiming to tackle some of the biggest challenges in healthcare and wellness are invited to apply to the JPOD @ Boston Digital Health Technology QuickFire Challenge. The visionary with the best idea to utilize data science and health technologies with the potential to prevent and intercept disease, improve surgical outcomes or deliver consumer solutions will receive one year of residency at the JPOD @ Boston, entry into the Health Tech @ JLABS program, access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem; and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Nestled in the hearth of Kendall Square, the JPOD @ Boston is primed to connect promising startups working in the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health sectors to Johnson & Johnson experts and resources from around the globe. The site is also located in the same building as Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s Boston office, which has full and broad deal-making capabilities and a team that seeks to collaborate with regional entrepreneurs at startups, universities and institutes who are developing early-stage innovations across our areas of interest.

The JLABS @ Health Tech program provides health tech entrepreneurs with access to Johnson & Johnson Innovation's unparalleled healthcare expertise and calls upon our key technology partners through best-in-class communities, facilities, and mentoring.  Residents also receive access to programming specifically designed to meet the needs of health tech entrepreneurs - such as data science events, networking with other health tech entrepreneurs, and access to the JLABS Investor Hub.

Rewards and benefits

One year of residency at JPOD @ Boston
  • Entry to the Health Tech @ JLABS program
  • Access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem
  • Mentoring from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Areas of Interest:

We encourage applications from entrepreneurs & innovators working on all aspects of human healthcare utilizing technologies such as:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Software-based therapies
  • VR/AR
  • Blockchain
  • Wearables
  • Mobile and voice-tech solutions  

Applications will be accepted across:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical devices
  • Consumer products
  • Global public health
  • Health technologies
  • Cross-sector initiatives (an integration of one or more areas of focus mentioned above)

Why this challenge matters to us

Data Science and Health Technologies have the promise to prevent and intercept disease, improve surgical outcomes and deliver consumer solutions.

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

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 JPOD @ Boston
  • Idea submission outlines interest in the innovation ecosystem in Boston


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://jnj-quickfire.smapply.io if you are having technical difficulties as well.

What does residency at JPOD @ Boston entail and for how many people?

Residency at a JPOD entails 1 non-fixed workstation (desk) for 2 people maximum. All awardees will need to meet with a CIC representative and go through our on-boarding process (e.g. signing the CIC License Agreement).   If you have more employees, we can rent out an additional space.

Will JLABS or the CIC pay for my living costs, relocation, applicable taxes, or visas?

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

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.

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


April 30, 2019
Applications Open
June 28, 2019 @ Midnight PDT
Submission Deadline

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 Cambridge Innovation Center

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is a leading builder and operator of innovation communities. CIC has approximately 1.5 million square feet (140,000 m2) open and in development, and has served over 5,000 startup and technology companies, including Hubspot, Uber, Pandora, Square, Google/Android, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. Over $7B of venture capital is headquartered within CIC's buildings, putting it on par with many countries, and at least $10B has been invested in companies that got started at CIC. CIC has built innovation communities in Cambridge, Boston, St. Louis, Miami, Philadelphia and Rotterdam (Netherlands), and has communities under development in many more cities, including in Providence, RI; Warsaw, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan. The company is privately held and its most recent investor was HB Reavis, one of Europe’s most prominent real estate developers. CIC has won numerous awards, including Boston Magazine’s award for “Best Place to Work.”