Repositionable Adhesive Suitable for Skin Contact

Request Number REQ1343356
Due Date May 26, 2017
Author Seh-Rin Sung
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Repositionable Adhesive Suitable for Skin Contact
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a global consumer products company, invites proposals for a cost-effective, repositionable adhesive suitable for skin contact.


NineSigma’s client manufactures personal care products.  They are looking to develop a new disposable product which must adhere to human skin.  They seek a repositionable adhesive with cost appropriate for a disposable consumer product.



Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Lab scale demonstration of adhesion to skin
  • Adhesive physical property characterization


Phase 2 – Commercial product development

  • Incorporate adhesive 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:

  • Be safe for contact with human skin and hair
    • Preferably be a medical grade body adhesive
  • Adhere to human skin with:
    • Peel force of 300-900 grams mass force for a one-inch-wide sample, after dwell time of 6 hrs
    • Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) < 3 g/m2∙hr
  • Permit up to 5 cycles of repeated detachment and attachment, without any significant change in peel force or TEWL
  • Be removable without causing any skin trauma [e.g., skin rash, prolonged redness (more than 30 minutes), itching, etc.]
  • Leave no residue on skin after use
  • Exhibit a water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ≤ 1200 g/m2∙day (as measured with ASTM E-96 / E96M)
  • Be suitable for manufacturing consumer products
    • Be applicable on a variety of product sizes and shapes
    • Exhibit stable shelf life up to 2 years with economical packaging
  • 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.



Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to, the following types of adhesive already qualified for use on skin:

  • Silicone, acrylic, hydrocolloid, or hydrogel adhesives
  • Liquids or pre-cast films


Approaches not of interest

  • Single-use adhesives
  • Adhesives which have not been tested for use on skin


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 peel force (at first application and after repositioning), TEWL (including test method), WVTR, 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 (US$/m2 or US$/kg)
  • 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
  • Packaging
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