The LabCoat of the Future

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The LabCoat of the Future

Challenge ended$50,000 in grants

Winner

BioFabrics: This team from MIT’s Wyss Institute has designed smart lab coats that can detect and respond to pathogens and toxins using synthetic biology. Proof-of-concept has been demonstrated through experiments with the Zika virus and freeze-dried SynthBio LacZ sensors. SynthBio’s wearable textiles technology can also be incorporated into gloves, body, head & eye ancillary fabrics, as well as filters and respirators.

You can also watch the captured live broadcast at https://www.facebook.com/jnj/videos/10155205115595951/.

The Challenge

The Lab Coat of the Future Challenge – the first in the Champions of Science “What’s New?” QuickFire Challenge series – will kick-off on October 30, 2017 and run through February 2, 2018. Participants will be invited to transform the age-old, often stereotyped symbol of science – the white lab coat – into a symbol of breakthrough innovation in the 21st century. World renowned entrepreneur and Shark on ABC’s four-time Emmy Award winning series, Shark Tank, Daymond John will serve as a judge at a live event in March 2018.

Rewards and benefits
$50,000 in grants
Mentorship from Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Mentorship from the design community
Potential for thirty copies of winning design to be produced and placed for display at JLABS locations around the globe, depending on feasibility

QuickFire Challenge innovation focus areas:

We are looking for innovators and designers with the best ideas, technologies, or solutions to re-imagine the Lab Coat of the Future in the following areas:

  • Construct/Shape/Design
  • Composition/Materials
  • Incorporation of new solutions (i.e., wearable technologies)

Timeline

10/30/2017 EST Applications Open
02/02/2018 EST Submission Deadline
02/05/2018 EST Judging Commences
03/31/2018 EST Winners announced

Why this challenge matters to us:

While science impacts our daily lives in countless ways, many do not appreciate the value that scientific innovation brings to society, and how it permeates our everyday lives. Science is often considered complex and shrouded in mystery. As champions of science, we aim to raise awareness and foster dialogue around the impact of scientific innovation and its role in our society.

Application process

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

  • Novelty
  • Potential Impact
  • Feasibility/Practicality
  • Perceived Commercialization Potential
  • Quality of Team and Resources
  • Plan for use of funds

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

For challenges involving residency 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 residency 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

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:

  • Novelty
  • Potential Impact
  • Feasibility/Practicality
  • Perceived Commercialization Potential
  • Quality of Team and Resources
  • Plan for use of funds
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.

About Champions of Science: The Dr. Paul Janssen Project

Science touches our lives in every imaginable way. From antibiotics and telecommunications, to genomics, precision medicine and 3D printing, science has improved the human condition, leading to longer, healthier, happier lives for people all over the world. To continue to advance, science needs champions!

As a global healthcare company, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is uniquely positioned to champion the role of science in society. We have launched the Dr. Paul Janssen Project – a multi-faceted public engagement initiative that extends the legacy of Dr. Paul Janssen, one of the most accomplished industry researchers and humanitarians of the 20th century – to convene and catalyze champions of science, and engage people of all generations and backgrounds to see the unlimited opportunities that science brings. Learn more at www.drpaulproject.com.

 

About Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Johnson & Johnson Innovation 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 - JLINX, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC and our Business Development teams to create customized deals and novel 4 collaborations that speed development of innovations to solve unmet needs in patients. For more information, visit www.jnjinnovation.com or follow @JNJInnovation.


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 nine 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.

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