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Case Study: US Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Identifying Organisms from a Stream of DNA Sequences

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Using innovation and advanced research to make U.S. citizens at home and overseas safer, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is concerned with biological threats in situations where identifying unknown pathogens in quick time is key to saving lives. Knowing that progress of research in this area was falling behind the progress of the threat, DTRA came to InnoCentive to help kick-start a disruptive innovation.

Why Challenge Driven Innovation?

Inside, you’ll find:

  • A quick snapshot of the Innovation Challenge run by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) using InnoCentive’s Challenge Driven Innovation framework
  • The Challenge: Identify Organisms from a Stream of DNA Sequences
  • The winning solutions found and how they solved the innovation issue
  • The results: how DTRA benefited from crowdsourcing their innovation process

Who Should Read This eBook?

If you’re a senior leader with managerial oversight or influence over your organization’s innovation initiatives or R&D function, this guide will provide you with fresh, new ideas and methods for tackling complex business problems and innovation challenges.

“Making the $1 million award open to all participants, regardless of nationality, encouraged participation from a broader community than we might normally be able to reach for this type of project.”

 Dr. Christian Whitchurch, Devices Branch Manager,
DTRA Diagnostics, Detection and Disease Surveillance Division

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