PROGRAM MANAGER: Oliver Worsfold
OPPORTUNITY: Licensing, product acquisition, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement
Phase 1 - Proof of concept / Principle definition and testing: 9 -12 months
Phase 2 - Scale up to commercialization: 18-36 months
All terms to be negotiated depending on technology status
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a global nutritional and healthcare producer invites proposals for technologies, ingredients and packaging solutions which can increase the iron (Fe) bioavailability of their dairy and cereals based nutritional beverages.
Iron is an essential nutrient for development and cell growth in the immune and neural systems (WHO). Nutritional health drinks are a major source of the recommended daily amounts (RDAs) of important minerals and ions, helping consumer to reach the daily allowance of minerals, like iron. Not all iron salts are fully bioavailable, and some chemical moieties in dairy and or cereal based products can influence iron availability like polyphenols, phytates and other bivalent micronutrients such as calcium.
However, whilst Fe sulphate form at the recommend amounts, as recommended by WHO, ferrous sulphate impacts stability and the organo-leptics characteristics of the beverage.
Therefore the current challenge is looking to increase the bioavailability of Fe in nutritional drinks by either exploiting new ingredients which might be different forms of Fe (i.e fumarate) or a food compatible encapsulation system Other potential approaches could look to promote the Fe adsorption or reduce the adsorptive capacity of the polyphenols / phytates by inhibiting their bio-action.
The client is open to all ideas and especially keen to learn more from food enzymes, packaging, encapsulation / microparticles, ingredients companies and researchers or entities with experience of fortified cereals.
The successful technology / ingredient may involve some of the following technical specifications
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
All proposals should be submitted online at NineSights, the NineSigma open innovation community, according to the instructions in the Proposal Template. Proposals should contain the following
For assistance, please contact the Solution Provider Help Desk (PhD@ninesigma.com).