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Our Global Challenge campaigns aim to mobilise the academia-industry ecosystem to address an issue aligned to sustainable development with a clear demand from industry for solutions. Following successful campaigns on water pollution, sustainable plastics, and Covid-19, we are now turning our attention to the relationship between the microbiome, health and disease. 

Through this campaign, we aim to start meaningful conversations that support the development and deployment of technologies that ensure healthy lives for all and promote well-being at all ages.

How does the campaign work?

Our Global Challenge campaigns are designed to drive innovation and collaboration to support sustainable development and growth. We are inviting our global academic network (made up of 2,400+ touchpoints at institutes and research centres) to share details of their latest commercial-facing research and innovation investigating the microbiome to be shared with industry teams working on aligned solutions and products. 

All of the research submitted to our Global Challenge campaign will be hosted on our online matchmaking platform, Connect, and behind every project is an academic team actively looking to start new industry partnerships to help progress, develop and commercialise their work.

This campaign builds on the work we do through our matchmaking platforms to simplify the initial connection between teams in academia and industry, leveraging our networks and expertise to focus on addressing a crucial global challenge.

Connect is completely free for companies to join to review the latest commercial-facing research and technologies. We don’t take finders fees or success fees, and the conversations started through this campaign and our platforms are hosted exclusively between you and the other party.

How to engage with research submitted to the campaign:

If you already have an account on IN-PART’s matchmaking platform, Connect:

If you’re new to us:

Set up an account (this takes less than a minute) and follow the link above to view the opportunities on our platform:

Or, view the full public listing of submissions to the campaign in our open research directory:

Get personal recommendations from our in-house STEM team with opportunities aligned to your interests:

Update your keywords to get new innovations throughout the campaign (and after!) that align with your interests straight to your inbox.

If your company is working on leveraging the human microbiome, then you can complete our Industry Priorities form and we will host your interests on our site and share with you the latest cutting-edge projects to drive innovation for your pipeline. 

Why are we running this Global Challenge campaign?

We launched our first Global Challenge campaign (which we then called an ‘open call for research’) in the spring of 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our last two Global Challenge campaigns have focussed on environmental challenges, addressing plastic sustainability and water pollution, respectively.

In July 2022, we ran a survey with Inova and Labiotech asking our audiences in the pharma and biotech industries what they thought were the greatest global health challenges we face today. The category with the most votes was pandemics, infectious and emerging diseases, while non-communicable diseases were a close second.

As preventing disease is a broad challenge with countless approaches for solutions, we chose to define an approach corresponding with a growing industry within our networks. Therefore, this next campaign will be seeking solutions leveraging the microbiome to prevent disease and improve health, by surfacing the next generation of academic research addressing the issue and delivering these to companies working on aligned solutions.

For more information on our Global Challenge campaigns visit our FAQs page. 

If you have questions or want to know more about this campaign, please share your queries to and a member of our team will get back to you promptly.

Campaign partners

This campaign is being run with support from:

ASTP are Europe’s premier association of knowledge transfer professionals whose work aims to improve the quality of impact that public research has on the economy and society. Learn more.

PraxisAuril are a world-leading professional association for knowledge exchange practitioners, whose network includes 5000+ KE professionals. Learn more.

Written by Frances Wilkinson. Edited by Anabel Bennett.

Copyrights reserved unless otherwise agreed – IN-PART Publishing Ltd., 2022: ‘Is your company working on leveraging the microbiome to prevent disease and improve human health?’

About IN-PART:

We believe brilliant connections can solve real-world problems. We match research pioneers from academia with decision-makers in industry sectors striving for a greater positive impact.

Our goal is to enable connections from around the world to match academic research with industry on a level playing field. Through our intelligent, matchmaking platform we showcase leading university innovations and connect academics with an international community of decision-makers in industry, creating meaningful dialogue and partnership.

Connect, a digital partnering platform for university-industry collaboration.

250+ universities and research institutes around the world currently showcase their research and innovation on IN-PART to find new collaboration partners in industry. R&D teams get free access to the platform (create an account here). There are no hidden costs and we don’t claim downstream success fees.

Discover, a bespoke scouting service for open innovation.

Through Discover, corporate R&D teams can leverage our extended academic network, which reaches multiple teams across 2,400+ universities and research institutes worldwide. In response to a specific research requirement or challenge, Discover enables R&D teams to identify new opportunities for commercialisation or to solicit proposals for new research.

Interested in speaking with our Discover team? Request a demo |  TTO or academic? Sign-up for weekly Discover emails.

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