PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
OPPORTUNITY: RFP sponsor is open to a range of potential opportunities according to the nature and scope of the proposed solution. Potential outcomes may include, but are not limited to: joint development; technology licensing; supplier agreement; product acquisition; contract research; etc.
Phase 1 - Initial conversations under NDA (Q4 2015)
Phase 2 - Proof of concept in 3 months (Q1 2016)
Phase 3 - Industrial scale-up (Q2-2016)
Funding is available to demonstrate proof of concept and/or to develop and scale top-rated solutions based upon the nature and scope of the proposed technology. All funding opportunities are subject to negotiation with NineSigma’s client.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Leading Manufacturer of Consumer Products, invites proposals for technologies that will prevent the blockage of capillary flow in downstream processes due to transition metal complexes (i.e. soaps) that can form in edible oils. Solutions describing novel materials, additives, or treatments are invited from across the landscape of industry, research and academia.
NineSigma’s client manufactures products containing edible oils (soy, palm, etc.) which are subject to downstream processes requiring uninhibited capillary flow within a cellulose-based substrate. These oil-based mixtures are further comprised of highly complex natural and synthetic chemical components, which may include metals, salts, organic compounds, etc. In particular, a range of transition metals are frequently present due to the use of natural materials in the mixtures, metal drum component shipping containers, drying agents to prevent condensation and residual catalyst from early stage processing within the supply chain. These metals (primarily nickel and zinc) interact within the oil environment to form soap complexes that interfere with capillary flow over a cellulose substrate, hindering product performance at the end application.
Due to in-process constraints, the capillary mechanism cannot be altered to accommodate the larger soap complexes. As such, innovative solutions are required to ensure that these undesirable materials are neutralized or removed from the system before they have the opportunity to inhibit capillary flow. Possible solutions may address the issue at hand from any number of angles. For example:
This issue is central to the client’s business and a successful solution represents a potentially game-changing innovation. Viable, long-term partners capable of supporting the development pathway from proof of concept through commercial scale-up encouraged to respond.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Confidential discussions under NDA and preliminary project planning
Additional project Phases will be subject to negotiation with all top-rated solution providers following a review of the full proposed technology / approach. For developmental technologies, incremental funding will be made available in accordance with completion of pre-determined milestones.
The successful technology proposal should explicitly address the following criteria for the client’s immediate review and evaluation:
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 form and address the following: