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Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health developed its QuickFire Challenge platform to enlist students, entrepreneurs, researchers and startup companies to help tackle some of the most challenging problems in healthcare.
Johnson & Johnson Consumer
Health is aiming to help
accelerate innovation in medicine packaging design by inviting external
innovators to submit innovations through its Packaging Design QuickFire
Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies.
The Challenge has as a goal of finding child resistant and easy-to-use and
sustainable packaging solutions, in line with the company’s
to use 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging by
Launched in July 2021 by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, together with the
packaging innovation team within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., the Unit Dose
Technologies competition aims to inspire innovators to design new medicine
unit-dose packaging with a focus on child-resistant, user-friendly, sustainable,
Packaging medicines in convenient, single doses for consumers can bring multiple
benefits. Research shows unit-dose packaging can increase medication adherence,
improve monitoring and reduce the risk of contamination. Unit-dose packaging can
also be valuable in helping to prevent children from accidently ingesting the
“Through this Challenge, we can work together with parents and caregivers to
help prevent accidental unsupervised ingestions; and help to spark the next
great idea that has the potential to help protect children from avoidable harm
and encourage appropriate use in adults in ways that are more sustainable,” said
Ed Kuffner, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson Consumer
Health. “Such innovations have the potential to change the trajectory of global
health for humanity. Now, that’s exciting!"
So far, the use of non-reclosable unit-dose packaging has been limited due to
concerns over its ease of use, ability to be recycled, manufacturability and the
speed at which packaging lines can operate.
The company launched the QuickFire Challenge with the aim to help accelerate the
development of viable unit-dose packaging options to bring to market. Potential
innovations can include both solids (tablets, capsules and powders) and liquids
(solutions and suspensions) in unit-dose formats such as blisters, sachets or
stick packs. Primary and secondary packaging or a combination of the two are in
scope of the challenge.
The innovator with the best idea, potential technology or potential solution
will receive grant funding from a total pool of up to $100,000, access to the
global Johnson & Johnson Innovation — JLABS network, and mentorship from
experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. The Unit Dose
Technologies Challenge is open for applications until October 15, 2021.
“The Unit Dose Technologies [Challenge] can help accelerate external innovation
that benefits patients and keeps kids as safe as possible; and we are excited to
see the proposals submitted. Running the challenge across our pharmaceutical,
medical devices and consumer health segments enables us to bring new and
innovative thinking to all sectors and use the diverse scientific expertise
within J&J to help innovators maximize the impact of their innovations on
improving health outcomes,” said Fernando Guardiola Ramirez, Packaging
Development Engineer at Johnson & Johnson. “Through Johnson & Johnson Innovation
and the support measures it provides, startups, entrepreneurs and academic
researchers among others can discuss early-stage deals and collaborations,
company incubation, venture capital funding and more with the Johnson & Johnson
Family of Companies.”
The QuickFire Challenge platform was developed by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
with the aim to empower potential groundbreaking science and health solutions by
enlisting students, entrepreneurs, researchers and startup companies to tackle
some of the most challenging problems in healthcare. The Packaging Design
QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies follows more than 60 Challenges
launched to date.
Published Oct 13, 2021 8am EDT / 5am PDT / 1pm BST / 2pm CEST
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