One of InnoCentive’s most recent challenges has successfully come to an end with resounding success. Seven awards were given out by the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) to solvers from our global network. The GC3 is made up of members that include 11 consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, two major retailers and five suppliers:
- Beiersdorf, Colgate-Palmolive
- Johnson & Johnson Consumer (J&J)
- Kao USA
- Method – People Against Dirty, Procter & Gamble (P&G)
- Reckitt Benckiser (RB)
- SC Johnson
- Dow Microbial Control
- The Environmental Defense Fund
- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
About the Challenge
GC3 was seeking new innovations regarding preservatives in personal care and household products. The challenge was for Solvers to help discover or create “new and effective preservatives or preservative boosters with improved environmental health and safety profiles for use in personal care and household products.”
Read the full details of the challenge here.
One Challenge. Seven Solutions.
One of the greatest benefits of crowdsource solutions is that it opens up the possibility of discovering multiple solutions to innovation challenges. Organizations don’t have to choose a single winner of their challenge. In many cases, multiple awards are given because multiple solutions are worthy of acceptance and/or further research. This challenge attracted 207 highly skilled solvers from 42 countries. The 66 submissions received were from 18 different countries, demonstrating the reach, strength and diversity of solvers attracted to open innovation challenges.
In GC3’s challenge, there were seven solutions that were deemed worthy of an award:
1st place awards recipients:
- Avisco Ltd.
- IMD Natural Solutions GmbH
- Irena Jevtov Research & Innovation
- United States Department of Agriculture/People Against Dirty/Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry/University of Victoria/Safer Made
2nd place award recipients:
- Hydromer, Inc.
- Russian Academy of Sciences
3rd place awards recipient:
- Chinova Bioworks
Creating Better Preservative Solutions
Some of the winning solutions provided included:
- Molecules that function as preservatives and then dissociate to inactive and biodegradable components in wastewater.
- A mushroom extract that can replace traditional preservatives.
- Oligochitosan hydrochloride, a depolymerized chitosan material with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity.
- A fiber extracted from white button mushrooms with broad-spectrum antimicrobial capability.
Calling All Seekers & Solvers
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