The Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) Janssen R&D are launching a new crowdsourced tech development challenge looking to support innovative respiratory protection devices, according to a recently listed government posting.
The new contest, dubbed the QuickFire Challenge, will look to award up to $100,000 to developers of “reimagined, transformative respiratory protection” devices, according to the release.
Both J&J’s Janssen and BARDA will collaborate on the challenge, alongside J&J’s JLABS incubators, according to the release.
The aim of the challenge is to advance “reimagined” devices that would eliminate the issues associated with traditional respiratory devices, which are mainly designed for use in occupational settings and are often only available for adults.
“In an outbreak of a novel or newly emerging respiratory disease, respiratory protection may be the only countermeasure available to protect health care workers and the general public,” HHS wrote in the announcement.
BARDA said the challenge will directly benefit its mission of providing medical countermeasures to address health security threats, saying that respiratory protections are “often the first line of defense, and a radically improved approach to protect both health care workers and the general public, including children, would truly improve our ability to respond to public health emergencies.”
Neither J&J or Barda have released any further details on the project, which has a performance period ending on June 30, 2019.