QuickFire Challenge seeks to identify and accelerate game-changing, early-stage innovations in the areas of robotics and digital surgery from around the world. Winners will receive up to KRW 150,000,000 (approximately US$134,000), residence at the Seoul Bio Hub, mentorship and coaching, and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS) global entrepreneurial community.
Johnson & Johnson Medical Korea. and Johnson & Johnson Innovation announced on August 13, that the launch of the Seoul Innovation QuickFire Challenge: Robotics & Digital Surgery in collaboration with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI). The challenge invites innovators from around the world -- including start-ups, entrepreneurs, academics, scientists, and biotech researchers -- to submit ideas for robotics and digital health solutions with the potential to help surgeons and their patients.
The global competition also aims to help build a digital ecosystem in Korea and around the world where technologies enhance surgical performance, educate surgeons, and guide patients through to full recovery. According to press of PRNewswire on August 13, up to two winners will receive up to KRW 150,000,000 (approximately US$134,000)1 in total grants, one year of residency at the Seoul Bio Hub, one year of mentorship and coaching from experts in science and commercialization at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and access to the JLABS global entrepreneurial community.
"The surgical robotics industry is growing fast, and the global market for the industry is expected to reach $12.6 billion by 20252. Korea is an emerging leader in medical device innovation with tremendous potential in the areas of robotics and digital healthcare," said Dan Wang, Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific. "The Robotics & Digital Surgery QuickFire Challenge is a global call for submissions through which we aim to identify great ideas that can make a long-lasting and global impact."
The QuickFire Challenges, launched by JLABS -- the no-strings attached incubators of Johnson & Johnson Innovation -- seek to empower and enable groundbreaking science and health solutions by encouraging students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and start-up companies, etc. to apply. The Robotics & Digital Surgery QuickFire Challenge will focus on the following innovation areas:
* Pre-op: Apps, Wearables, Planning Software
* Intra-op: Robotics, Visualization, Neuromonitoring, Imaging
* Post-op: Sensors, Wearables, Apps
Approximately five billion people around the world do not have access to safe surgery3. While patient outcomes in surgery have improved over the past decade -- driven by better materials, implant designs, and surgical techniques -- major obstacles still need to be addressed. Surgical patients continue to experience major discrepancies in success, including a 20-40% rate of failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)4. Inconsistencies in surgical training and high rates of burnout among orthopedic surgeons5 are some of the factors contributing to variations in patient outcomes.
"At the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, innovation drives what we do, and the launch of the QuickFire Challenge provides us with a unique opportunity to further improve the standard care for patients and surgeons through collaboration with innovators in Korea and around the world in the discovery and development of digital and robotic surgery solutions." said Euan Thomson, Global Head R&D, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies.
The challenge aims to improve robotics and digital surgery by combining Johnson & Johnson Innovation's unique vision for collaboration in an open innovation model with the Seoul Metropolitan Government's efforts to drive innovation and commercialize its research outcomes; KHIDI's focus on identifying and solving critical problems within the ecosystem with healthcare research and innovative solutions; and Seoul Bio Hub's ability to foster and accelerate the development and commercialization of early-stage life-science solutions in the start-up community.
"Advancing technology is a tremendous opportunity that can lead the industry to dramatic improvements. An enhanced digital ecosystem will contribute to better surgical outcomes by advancing disease prediction and prevention, and improving personalized treatment and treatment efficiency," said Jae Yoo, Area Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, North Asia. "Through the QuickFire Challenge, we hope to find solutions that will accelerate the progress of robotics and digital surgery in Korea and globally."
The announcement marks the second QuickFire Challenge in Korea, following the launch of the first Seoul Innovation QuickFire Challenge in August 2017. The deadline to submit is October 5, 2018. For more information about the Robotics & Digital Surgery QuickFire Challenge (including the terms and conditions of entry).