The following FAQs relate to the 2016 event in San Diego, and are subject to change.


Submit your idea within the following categories:

  • Research tools—Innovative technologies, reagents, devices/apparatus, products, and ideas that can solve an unmet customer need in the research tools market
  • Consumer devices—Application of consumer devices (e.g., mobile phone technologies) to research tools area
  • Product improvements—New combination, use, or improvement to Thermo Fisher products

Submissions will be rated based on the following selection criteria:

  • Degree of innovation: is the submitted idea original and innovative? For example, does the idea challenge existing paradigms or address an innovative hypothesis / critical barrier to progress in the field? Does the idea develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technologies? Is this a ‘game-changing’ innovation? (25%)
  • Value to customers: is there a pent-up demand, or does the idea solve an unmet need of customers? (25%)
  • Technical and/or commercial feasibility: if the innovation is still in development or at concept stage, how likely is the innovation to be technically achievable? For example, is there a working prototype demonstrating proof-of-concept, or does the innovation rely on established and proven concepts or components that will likely work in a new combination? If the innovation is product-ready, how likely is the product to be a commercial success? For example, is the path to market well defined, is the product customer-friendly or easy to implement, is the product easy to manufacture, is the product able to be scaled up to meet demand? (25%)
  • Commercial opportunity: is there an estimated large commercial opportunity for the submitted idea? For example, is there a large addressable market? Are customers willing to pay for the innovation? Are there few competitors in the space? (25%)

Timeline

  • Submission period
  • Up to 24 semifinalists will be chosen and notified
  • The semifinalists must submit slides (in anticipation of being a finalist)
  • On the morning of the event, semifinalists give a 5-minute presentation to judges
  • On the afternoon of the event, up to 6 finalists present to judges and the public
  • Invite your friends and colleagues to RSVP and support you by voting for you in the People’s Choice category

Time Activity Attendance
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Morning pitch sessions Available to semifinalists only
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch Available to public, please RSVP
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Thermo Fisher introduction followed by the 6 finalist presentations
3:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Break and awards
4:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Happy hour and networking. Take this chance to meet the judges