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Seeking Innovative Absorbent Material for Feminine Care Hygiene Product

Request Number REQ0343088
Due Date May 26, 2017
Author Seh-Rin Sung
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Seeking Innovative Absorbent Material for Feminine Care Hygiene Product
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a global personal hygiene products company, invites proposals for economical, highly absorbent and resilient materials for incorporation in feminine hygiene products.

Background

NineSigma’s client is a leading global manufacturer of feminine care products.  Developing the next generation of products requires step changes in materials performance with acceptable cost.  NineSigma’s client seeks lightweight, high-capacity, absorbent substrates to enable next-generation products.

 

Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Lab scale demonstration of absorbency with model fluids (saline or water)
  • Materials physical property characterization

 

Phase 2 – Commercial product development

  • Incorporate material in product prototypes
  • Performance testing
  • Scale-up for manufacturing

 

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 to commercialization.

 

Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Exhibit high absorbency ≥ 15 g of saline (or water) per g of substrate
    • Material should be hydrophilic to promote absorbency
  • Permit absorbance with minimal flow back under pressure (< 0.5 psi) or minimal wet collapse
  • Be safe for contact with human skin
  • Preferably be available as roll goods without a liner
  • Exhibit the following physical characteristics at ambient temperature and humidity, prior to exposure to fluids:
    • Compression to 50% of original dimension with applied pressure of < 0.5 psi with recovery of ≥ 50% of original dimension within 30 seconds after removal of applied force
    • Bulk density < 0.05 g/cm3
    • Tensile strength of ≥ 15N per 5 cm of width in the machine direction (assuming roll goods)
    • Elongation at break < 100%
  • Be cost effective at commercial scale
  • Use materials with an acceptable environmental, health, and safety (EHS) profile

 

NineSigma’s client seeks solutions which are closer to commercialization but will also consider approaches which require some development.

 

Preferred Collaboration types
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Supply Agreement
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

Your response should address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology and working principle
  • Availability of technical data including thickness, density, absorbency, strength, resiliency (compression), stiffness (flexibility), and EHS profile
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references and freedom to practice
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience

 

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 developed a method for use at pilot scale.

You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial 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.

 

Area of Interest
  • Consumer Products
  • Packaging
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