PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
OPPORTUNITY: Collaborative development and industrial partnership opportunities exist for top respondents. Opportunities may include – but are not limited to: technology licensing or acquisition, supplier agreement, joint development, proof of technical concept and industrial feasibility leading to long-term engagements.
Phase 1 - Proof of concept (6 months)
Phase 2 - Commercial / Industrial testing and scale-up to manufacturing (12-18 months)
Phase 1 – Funding for proof of concept or sample acquisition is available.
Phase 2 – Funding and partnership opportunities are available for top respondents following Phase 1 evaluations. All terms are negotiable at the client’s discretion and in accordance with the maturity and feasibility of proposed technology.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a North American Consumer Products Manufacturer, invites proposals for technologies to improve the lastingness of applied fragrances and their perception. Of critical importance to this program is the ability to more accurately test, measure or validate the efficacy of any proposed solution as compared to current industry standards and protocols.
Odor-generating compounds are volatile by nature, so the characteristics of a given scent will naturally degrade and change over time thereby diminishing its potency and impact. The scent that will remain the longest over time is what a consumer will remember of a fragrance (aka. its “signature” or “sillage”). These represent the less volatile compounds, which may evaporate more or less quickly depending on the nature of the fragrance and its composition. As a result, many highly refined fragrances will effectively wear out after application, thus reducing their overall impact.
This issue is further compounded by the well-documented, but poorly understood phenomenon whereby olfactory perception disconnects in the presence of persistent scents and fragrances. In general, when exposed to a specific odor with regularity we tend not to notice it after a latency period of about 20 minutes. For industries such as personal care, food and beverage, or flavor and fragrance, this desensitization presents a major hurdle in instances where a longer-lasting or continual scent is desired.
NineSigma’s client is sponsoring this global RFP to identify partners from across industry with technologies or capabilities that can offset these issues to produce longer lasting fragrances. Top solutions will function on skin and, ideally, on fabric as well. To date the client has investigated a variety of potential solutions that show promise for extending the perceptible duration of an odor, such as esters, film formers and humectants. However, none of them have satisfactorily met the client’s requirements. Furthermore, the efficacy of any given solution is often difficult to ascertain, since traditional testing protocols are highly subjective or not readily repeatable. As such, respondents with the capabilities or expertise to provide a reliable methodology for validating the efficacy of the solution are highly desired.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Commercial / Industrial scale-up
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
The successful technology will:
Additionally, top proposals will address one or more of the following:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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Appropriate responses will use the response the Repsone Form and address the following:
High level, non-confidential, description of proposed technology including:
Other Request information includes:
APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST
Respondents from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.