A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses


Corporate Collaborations

Our corporate open innovation strategy, which we call Connect + Develop, is actively seeking externally developed innovations to make a meaningful difference to the lives of the world?s consumers.

At P&G, we?ve embraced open innovation to access the talents and resources of innovation partners around the world, from universities to other multinational companies, and create win-win relationships.

P&G?s innovation needs Whilst we?re interested in any innovation that can improve consumers? lives, from new materials to ready-for-market products to commercial partnerships, P&G brands have also identified specific solutions that we need to address our current innovation challenges. At any time, we will be highlighting one or two of our most recent needs to initiate connections with promising external leads. Please scroll down to read more about our latest innovation needs.

Alternatively, for a full list of all our published needs, plus P&G technologies and assets available for license, please visit

Our latest Innovation Need

Hair Analysis Devices

Need Description:

We are looking for tools/devices that can be used in-store to quickly classify hair types based on measured hair properties like hair thickness and/or damage level.

What we are looking for:
Hair diagnostic devices/tools that can evaluate at least one of the following parameters:

  • Structure Information ? such as hair thickness, damage level
  • Physical Properties ? such as amount of curl, tensile strength, stiffness
  • Cosmetic Properties ? smoothness, friction, resistance to frizz

Devices/tools easy to be used in the store (e.g. must deliver an ?obvious? result or diagnosis that the consumer can easily understand).
Results must be sensitive enough to differentiate between ranges of hair types.
Must convey it is coming back with a very personalized analysis and can at least be tied to a direct recommendation on products for the consumer.
Devices/tools should be durable and consistently provide reliable measure.
Tools/Devices should be able to be expanded globally within 12 months.
Cost less than $100 for each device.

What are we not looking for:
A tool that is complicated or time consuming for the consumer to use.

If you have any leads on such devices/tools, please contact
Kim Mathias () by 31st October 2008