Inventerprise 2015: Natural Disasters!

Earthquakes, wildfires, droughts, devastating storms! What is your invention that would help us prevent, survive, mitigate, or even harness a natural disaster’s power?

BEND, Ore. – September 23, 2015 – Central Oregon students have a chance to devise new ways to confront natural disasters in the 24th annual Inventerprise contest sponsored by Bend Research, a division of Capsugel Dosage Form Solutions, with support from Bend-La Pine Schools and Central Oregon Community College.

The theme of this year’s contest addresses the high number and different types of natural disasters that strike worldwide. The problem statement is “Earthquakes, wildfires, droughts, devastating storms! What is your invention that would help us prevent, survive, mitigate or even harness a natural disaster’s power?”

The Inventerprise contest is open to all Central Oregon students in grades K-12, including home-schooled students. Students may enter as individuals or in groups of up to three people. Last year more than 1,150 students entered, individually or in groups, and more than 130 students won awards. Students may choose the medium that best conveys their ideas, including models, essays, movies, computer programs and posters.

Entries are due November 7, and winners will be announced by December 1. Entries will be judged on originality, usefulness, and development of concept.

Prizes will be awarded at all grade levels and the exact number of recipients will be determined by the judges. Students submitting the top high-school entries will receive a portion of the $1,800 cash prize. The student or students submitting the top middle-school entry will choose from among an Apple Watch, GoPro camera, tablet computer, mountain bike or season ski pass to Mount Bachelor. Student winners in grades K-8 will receive specially designed T-shirts and be invited to a special Science Night presentation at Bend Research.

Grade K-5 teachers make sure you sign up for the Tina McGeary Teacher Incentive Program. This program will distribute at least $2,000 in gift certificates for classroom supplies or books.

Entries will be accepted at the Bend Research fabrication facility located at 63060 Corporate Place in Bend starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, November 4, through 5 p.m. Friday, November 6. Winners will be announced on or before December 1. Entries will be judged on originality, usefulness and development of concept. Inventions must not defy the laws of nature.

Download a contest flyer that contains all you need to get started including some great ideas, existing inventions, rules, and fun.


About Bend Research

For more than 35 years, Bend Research has worked with clients to create value by advancing new medicines that improve human health and to solve their most difficult scientific and technical problems. This success is based on the company’s ability to develop, advance, and commercialize pharmaceutical technologies, which grow from a solid base of scientific and engineering fundamental understanding. Bend Research is a leader in novel formulations, including spray-dried dispersion (SDD) and hot-melt extrusion (HME) formulations, as well as controlled-release, inhalation, and biotherapeutics technologies. Bend Research is now a division of Capsugel’s Dosage Form Solutions (DFS) business unit.

About Capsugel

Capsugel is a global leader in delivering high-quality, innovative dosage forms and solutions to its customers in the health care industry. The company’s Hard Capsule business offers customers the broadest portfolio of gelatin, vegetarian, and other specialized capsule technologies. Capsugel’s Dosage Form Solutions (DFS) business utilizes an array of proprietary technologies and specialized manufacturing capabilities to solve customers’ most pressing product development challenges, including bioavailability enhancement, modified release, abuse deterrence, biotherapeutic processing, and inhalation formulation. The company's fast-to-clinic program streamlines product development from pre-formulation through clinical and commercial supply for finished dosage forms. Headquartered in Morristown, N.J., Capsugel serves more than 4,000 customers in more than 100 countries. For additional information, visit