Kevin Andrews, Ph.D.
Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement
Opportunity to participate in a multi-billion-dollar annual market
Phase 1 – Proof of concept in 6-12 months
Phase 2 – Engineering development in 6-12 months
Phase 1 – Proof of concept funding commensurate with proposed activity
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a leading brand of indoor air quality solutions, invites proposals for technology to enable a portable device to eliminate odors in a localized volume.
Life is full of unpleasant odors that emanate from garbage, diaper pails, sports equipment, restrooms, even leftover grass on the lawn mower in the garage. The primary chemical substances that generate odors include amines, sulfides, and volatile fatty acids. Specific molecules include trimethylamine, ammonia, indole, and butyric acid. Many of these substances are volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)—they vaporize in concentrations according to ambient conditions of temperature, pressure, and concentration.
Most of these odorous compounds have odor thresholds below 1 ppm, meaning that they are easy for most people to smell. NineSigma’s client seeks to identify technology that would enable a portable odor elimination device. The user could carry the device and activate it when they experience an odorous local environment, for example, when sitting near the restroom on an airplane. Think noise cancellation but for the sense of smell.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Engineering development
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Client will consider for advancement an approach that meets performance criteria with acceptable economics and pathway for implementation in commercial products.
NineSigma’s client will consider complete solutions, partial solutions, or enabling technologies.
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, be but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
Your response should address the following:
Appropriate responses to this Request
Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.
You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at commercial scale.
You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.
You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.