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JPOD @ Philadelphia QuickFire Challenge

JPOD @ Philadelphia QuickFire Challenge

Challenge ended

Up to $30K + Lab space + Mentorship

The Challenge

JPOD @ Philadelphia QuickFire Challenge

In honor of the new JPOD @ Philadelphia launching in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS announces the JPOD @ Philadelphia QuickFire Challenge to accelerate healthcare innovation and commercialization in Philadelphia and beyond. The innovator with the best idea, technology, or solution that improves human healthcare will receive up to $30,000 in grant funding, residency at the Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and access to educational programs at JPOD @ Philadelphia and mentoring from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies global network of experts.


Up to $30,000 in grant funds
  • One year of residency at the Pennovation Center with access to the JPOD @ Philadelphia educational programming and mentoring opportunities
  • Mentorship by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and/or its affiliates

Areas of Interest

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

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 Pennovation and JPOD @ Philadelphia
  • Idea submission outlines interest in the innovation ecosystem in Philadelphia


September 25, 2018
Applications open (announcement by Kate Merton during Philadelphia Area Innovation Ecosystem Panel 3:15
January 25th, 2019
Submission Deadline
Q2 2019
Winner announcement

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.

Apply Now

Submit your idea today!

Don’t miss the deadline


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 the Pennovation Center entail and for how many people?

Residency at the Pennovation Center includes 1-3 work seats.

Will JLABS or the Pennovation Center 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.

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.


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. As part of the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC family, the JLABS incubators achieve 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.