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The Royal Society of Chemistry is partnering with InnoCentive to provide you with an opportunity to tackle a variety of scientific and non-technical problems.

We recently launched our Open Innovation Pavilion on InnoCentive.com which features InnoCentive-customer Challenges that seek innovative solutions.

Do you have a possible solution to one of the Challenges below?

Anyone can submit solutions, with cash awards on offer for the winning Solvers. Click on the links below to unlock new routes to collaboration and to help address some of the greatest Challenges facing our world today.

Featured Challenges:

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Cost–effective, Large–scale Production of Natural Leaf Alcohol (cis–3‑hexenol)

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AWARD: $30,000 USD
DEADLINE: 8/19/16

Leaf alcohol (cis–3–hexenol) is a fragrant compound naturally produced by plants widely used in the flavor and fragrance industry. Hence, good manufacturing processes that can meet this high demand are needed. Do you have a process to manufacture natural cis–3–hexenol at an industrial scale and in the most cost–effective manner possible?

This is a Reduction–to–Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental data, and sample delivery.

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Novel Treatment Approaches to Acne

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AWARD: $15,000 USD
DEADLINE: 8/31/16

Acne is a skin condition that is estimated to affect nearly 10% of people worldwide. Since the skin is highly visible to others, people with acne often suffer low self–esteem because of their appearance. Although treatments are available, patients struggle with demanding dosing regimens and low levels of efficacy, especially those with moderate to severe acne. Therefore, the Seeker is looking for novel treatment approaches to improve acne patients‘ lives.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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Masking Salty Taste

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AWARD: See details
DEADLINE: 7/31/16

Sodium bicarbonate is a salt that is used as an ingredient in various products for many applications across various industries. It has a particularly strong salty taste, hence in applications where it is ingested, the salty flavour is pronounced. That is the case in toothpastes, where the beneficial gum protection effect that sodium bicarbonate delivers is overshadowed by the unpleasant salty taste that is felt by consumers, making such toothpastes unpopular.

Do you have a technology that can mask the salty taste and make it imperceptible in toothpastes?

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Novo Nordisk Challenge: Design and Synthesis of a Small Molecule Glucose Binder

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AWARD: $200,000 USD
DEADLINE: 1/09/17

The control of glucose levels in the body is key for successful treatment of many disease states such as diabetes. Hence, Novo Nordisk is looking for novel small molecules that can bind with affinities matching the physiological concentrations of D–glucose (displacement constant, Kd, in the low millimolar range).

This is a Reduction–to–Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof–of–concept data, and sample delivery.

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Primary Entry Protection

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AWARD: $15,000 USD
DEADLINE: 7/24/16

Most government facilities utilize a dual door entry system where once a person enters the exterior door they must wait for it to close and lock before the interior door is open. The doors on either side of the access control vestibule are affected by the air pressure inside room. When one of the two doors are opened an increase in air pressure occurs inside the vestibule and sometimes prevents the open door from closing in a timely manner or latch correctly.

This Challenge is looking for a system or modification that will mitigate the change in air pressure (increase and decrease) to allow the FE/BR doors to properly shut and latch, open within force standards, and close at a safe speed when configured in an access control vestibule. This system or modification can‘t reduce the FE/BR door‘s or surrounding wall‘s ability to mitigate attacked manual, ballistic, or explosive attacks.

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