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Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies

Competition for USA, Canada, and International Innovators
to Develop Tamper-Resistant Medication Packaging

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health

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Competition for USA, Canada, and International innovators to develop tamper-resistant medication packaging. The purpose of the competition is to encourage the development of creative, easy-to-use, child-resistant, single-dose packaging for both liquid and solid medications. In addition to grant funding, winning innovators will have access to the JLABS network and will receive mentorship.

To inspire innovators to bring potentially groundbreaking unit dose packaging options to the market – with a focus on child-resistant, user-friendly, non-reclosable designs - Johnson & Johnson Innovation together with the packaging innovation team within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. is launching the Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies. Potential innovations can include both solids (tablets, capsules, and powders) and liquids (solutions and suspensions) in unit-dose formats (e.g. blisters, sachets, and stick packs). Primary and secondary packaging or combination of the two are in scope of the challenge.

The innovator(s) with the best idea, potential technology, or potential solution will receive grant funding, access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS network, and mentorship from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Submissions are expected to focus on the “main criteria” shown below. The “criteria to also consider” will help you differentiate your submission from the rest and the applicant is expected to elaborate on how these criteria can be or not be addressed.

Main criteria:

  • Child Resistant and User Friendly packaging that covers the range of F1 through the F9 **
  • Aim for unit-dose non-reclosable formats.
  • Provides great user experience. Some examples of this are: ease of use/opening, frustration-free opening, portability, attractiveness.
  • Novelty of the idea.

Criteria to also consider:

  • Increased sustainability.
  • Easily integrates into existing packaging lines with minimal modification
  • Support to patient adherence.
  • Cost-effective, scalable & manufacturable
  • Tamper evidence.
  • Barrier needs of pharmaceuticals.
  • Safety of opening and ingestion. (e.g. user cutting due to sharp edges of packaging)

** Ideas are not expected to have a test certificate but should consider as a reference to the 16 CFR § 1700.20. In general, a child-resistant and user-friendly test consists of two parts. For the first part, a child must not access to “F” amount of unit doses in a period of 10 minutes. F1 means test failure when a child accesses to 1 unit dose. F9 means failure when a child accesses to 9 unit doses. The second part of the test is the user-friendly test. A user should be able to open the packaging in a period of 1 minute.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198356

Estimated Size of Grant:

The innovator(s) 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.

Term of Contract:

The award period is one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications should only be submitted by authorized representatives of Applicant (company) applying for the Challenge.

Pre-Application Information:

- July 28, 2021 Applications open
- October 15, 2021 Submission deadline
- December 2021 Finalist & Awardees Selected
- Q1 2022 Award Announcement

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.

Limit one (1) Application per Applicant per Challenge unless otherwise stipulated.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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JLABS San Diego
3210 Merryfield Row
San Diego, CA 92121
Telephone: (858) 450-1504

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