P&G have the final decision re. who is invited:
For every inknowvation@work event, we go to considerable trouble to winnow down to that population of 200-300 SBIR-involved firms which our system data suggests have the relevant skill sets to tackle some part of the particular Tech Seeker areas of interest.
Given our extensive role as a trusted intermediary, we always have a fair amount of influence in getting invitation to firms which may not be on the working list close to event and that we think really should be at-event. However, in the final analysis it is P&G personnel who make the call re. with whom they wish to meet. Bear that in mind as you come onto the site and prepare your submission materials. Also note that on these occasions, last minute additions to the invite list are rare. On these occasions, the final listing is usually closed 2-3 weeks pre-event. We know you have other demands on your time - but be careful not to lose out by not getting into the system in timely manner.
Key to invite decision is perceived relevance of SBIR awardee skills sets and capabilities to P&G Healthcare interests. White Papers are your way of setting out your store. What is a White Paper? Some listed Topics here are quite narrowly specific; others more open-ended. To that end, TWO types of White Paper are assumed.
Topic specific: You have technology and/or capabilities relevant to a specific topic (or two-three related topics). Using WP Template in your Private Work space, you take that narrow focus. Addressing more than ONE related Topic, simply cite those in prepared piece rather than offer multiple versions of same. ...more
General overview: P&G having opted to assume a longer term focus (5-7-10 years), by definition there is overlap between several of the working topic ideas and many assume some need to be further back in the development cycle. Where this would be the basis of your innovation@work discussion, your White paper(s) may well be more broadly scoped. These papers should be submitted to the First Listed Topic - Context setting, cross-project enabling capabilities. ...more
Reviewers: Each division of P&G will, in major part, review WP submitted only to their own topics. Cross-reference pre-event of your discussed capabilities to other divisions cannot be assumed. If your expertise crosses business boundaries, therefore, submit relevant White Papers for consideration by each set of reviewers. ...more
Gastrointestinal symptoms are among the leading causes of morbidity in both the developed and developing world. Given the importance of this area, for more than two decades, P&G Health Science Institute scientists have explored ways to improve gastrointestinal health.
That work has already helped develop new treatments for ulcers and traveler's diarrhea; explored the role of bismuth subsalicylate in treating children's diarrhea; explored the role of psyllium, a type of soluble fiber, in lowering blood cholesterol and managing diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome; and, demonstration that a new class of powerful medications, proton pump inhibitors, can be used safely and effectively to treat frequent heartburn symptoms in OTC use. Frequent heartburn affects more than 40 million Americans and this promising research is poised to make a dramatic intervention to improve people's lives.
As part of this process, P&G personnel have collaborated with some of the world's top thought leaders regarding emerging scientific discoveries that could make their way into products providing new digestive health solutions. Indicative of that discovery approach, the following short list describe the broad topic areas of interest.
P&G are interested in hearing from - and potentially meeting with in November - SBIR awardees with capabilities and ideas relevant to any one (or more) of these areas. Think of these are being much like the NIH areas of interest seeking investigator initiated work.
Number of Broad Topics to date: 12
Check topics of interest. Add to My Work Area button at bottom of listing will move these to your on-site office for attention at your convenience.