InnoCentive, Inc., and NASA Johnson Space Center's (JSC) Space Life Sciences Directorate (SLSD), recently announced a new NASA Open Innovation Pavilion providing the public with the opportunity to solve difficult problems facing the U.S. space program in human health and performance. Always pushing the boundaries of innovation, the NASA Space Life Sciences work with InnoCentive is a key part in the implementation phase of the organization's new broader strategic planning initiative.
NASA Space Life Sciences is pursuing new strategies, such as crowdsourcing, to achieve its goals for improved collaboration and open innovation. Open to InnoCentive's broad network of Solvers, the NASA Open Innovation Pavilion offers awards for the solving of three Challenges focused on developing an exercise resistance mechanism, forecasting space radiation and improving food packaging (point to pavilion here).
"Until now, many around the world did not have an opportunity to help solve some of the problems facing NASA," said InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin. "Now, anyone with interest and ability can impact how the U.S. explores the final frontier. NASA Space Life Sciences commitment to open innovation is a testament to exploring solutions from any contributor."
These three Challenges are the first in a series of life sciences Challenges focused on improving the health and performance of astronauts. They pose a new level of problem-solving and excitement to the InnoCentive Solver network, since these Challenges accompany a new set of solution development constraints. Because the Challenges exist in space, not on earth, InnoCentive anticipates Solvers attempting to provide winning solutions will need to employ significant creativity.
"Providing more opportunities for collaboration is key to achieving Space Life Sciences goals," said Jeffrey R. Davis, MD, Director, Space Life Sciences, NASA Johnson Space Center. "Working with InnoCentive and other open innovation intermediaries allows us to draw from the broadest set of expertise to most effectively address the health and performance challenges of human space flight."
"Solutions generated within NASA's Open Innovation Pavilion may have implications beyond improving health and human performance during space flight," said Elizabeth E. Richard, Senior Strategist, Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group. "Solutions for space flight may have applications to Earth-based problems that could include new medical therapeutic and diagnostic devices, air and water quality monitoring, and even new food packaging strategies as described in one of the current challenges."
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