CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for BIPOC Communities

About the Program

California Life Sciences (CLS), with support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and AbbVie, are proud to launch the CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for BIPOC Communities, a follow-up challenge to last year’s CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for Diverse Innovators. California-based innovators are invited to submit potential solutions for BIPOC communities which have been historically marginalized.

As part of the California Life Sciences’ (CLS) Racial & Social Equity (RSE) Initiative, a multi-year commitment to create change for the historically excluded BIPOC communities in California, there is an increased focus to address the healthcare disparities that impact these communities by advancing potential solutions designed to drive better health outcomes and to provide equitable access to care.


Qualified Applicants:

California-based innovators will be invited to submit potentially ground-breaking solutions for patient communities which have been historically marginalized, with particular interest in the following areas:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Non-Human/Synthetic Biopharmaceutical
  • Med tech/Med device
  • Digital



Potential solutions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Potential measurable impact to improve health equity for BIPOC communities in California
  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Feasibility of the idea
  • Thoroughness of approach
  • Identification of key resources and a plan to further the idea



Grant funding from a total pool of $150K
One year of complimentary California Life Sciences membership to allow awardees visibility through CLS events and programs and access to new and existing collaboration partners
One awardee will be invited to participate in the 2023 Spring FAST Program, receiving commercialization advising from a tailored group of industry veterans

Apply by August 5, 2022.