Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement.
Phase 1: Proof of concept testing (6 months)
Phase 2: Commercialization (2 years)
All financial details are to be negotiated
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NineSigma, representing a global engineering company, invites proposals for materials or a technology to make a fully biodegradable wire for use in string trimmers. The solution should have the same strength as a trimmer line made from Nylon but when during use pieces wear off and drop on the soil, these should degrade completely within 2 years at most.
String trimmers are a widely used tool to maintain those parts of a lawn that a mower cannot easily access (along fences and walls, on steep slopes, around trees…). During use the plastic wire wears off in small mostly unnoticeable pieces. Nylon wires have great mechanical properties for trimming but the pieces that wear off are not biodegradable and will remain on the soil.
NineSigma’s client invites proposals for a technology to produce a fully biodegradable wire having similar properties as Nylon based ones.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept testing
Phase 2 – Commercial development
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Client will consider for advancement a solution that meets degradation and mechanical strength targets and has an acceptable cost.
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, 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 that has developed a novel biodegradable material that can meet the criteria of this request
You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration of a material that should be suitable but requires further development to reach commercial use