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Next in Naturals QuickFire Challenge on Immune-Support

65 days remaining

Up to $50,000 in grant funding

Overview

Families often turn to dietary supplements inspired by nature with ingredients such as Elderberry, Vitamin C, and Zinc with the aim to help safely support their immune systems. A heightened awareness for the need to support your immune system throughout the year has resulted in an increased demand for products with immune-supporting and wholesome ingredients.*

To that end, we’re launching the Next in Naturals QuickFire Challenge on Immune-Support, calling on innovators to submit potential solutions inspired by nature that aim to support healthy immune systems in babies, children, or adults.

The innovator(s) with the best idea(s) will receive up to $50,000 in grant funding, one year of residency at an available JLABS, and the opportunity to engage with leadership from Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

 

Nielsen U.S. xAOC POS $ Sales, Immunity Category L52W as of 5/30/2020

 

 

 

 

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Areas of Interest

We encourage innovators to submit ideas for dietary supplements supported by scientific data including:

  • Products inspired by nature that fit within the traditional Immune Support space and either contain unique ingredients or come in unique product forms
  • Natural-based wellness potential solutions in areas beyond traditional Immune Support including gut health, vitamins, etc.

Ingredients and vehicles for delivery that are backed by non-confidential pre-clinical / clinical data are preferred but not required (could be references to existing literature) Product should be available for commercialization in existing retail channels within 6-18 months.

Criteria

The goal of the Next in Naturals QuickFire Challenge on Immune-Support is to discover potential solutions inspired by nature that aim to support healthy immune systems in babies, children, or adults. We're interested in the potential to bring “newness” to the Immune Support category.

Evidence-based potential solutions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to support a healthy immune system in babies, children, or adults
  • Differentiating science, ingredients, or forms vs. current portfolio and competitive offerings in the marketplace
  • Quality & feasibility of technology
  • Preferably supported by non-confidential pre-clinical or clinical data (could be references to existing literature)
  • Team credibility & capabilities
  • Clarity of plan: Milestones & defined go/no go decisions

Rewards

Up to $50,000 in grant funding
  • One year of residency at an available JLABS with the use of a bench, workstation, and access to the JLABS global ecosystem
  • Engagement with Johnson & Johnson Innovation leadership

Apply now

Submit your idea today!

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 potential solutions to consumers and patients across the world.

Working together, we can spark the next great idea that aims to change the trajectory of health for every member of the family.

Timeline

June 22, 2020
Applications Open
September 18, 2020
Application Deadline

FAQs

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 or proprietary to a third party?

Do not submit confidential information or information proprietary to a third party. 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, which you need to accept prior to applying.

What are the specific criteria for application?

We encourage innovators to submit ideas for dietary supplements supported by scientific data including:

  • Products inspired by nature that fit within the traditional Immune Support space and either contain unique ingredients or come in unique product forms
  • Natural-based wellness solutions in areas beyond traditional Immune Support including gut health, vitamins, etc.

Ingredients and vehicles for delivery that are backed by non-confidential pre-clinical / clinical data are preferred but not required (could be references to existing literature). 

Priority will be given to products available for commercialization in existing retail channels within 6-18 months.

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?

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

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; 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.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease