requests-for-proposal

Method and Processes to Bond Silicone Elastomer to Hydrogel

Request Number REQ4362269
Due Date February 15, 2018
Author Seh-Rin Sung
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Method and Processes to Bond Silicone Elastomer to Hydrogel
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a Global Leader in the health care industry, invites proposals for technologies that have the ability to bond silicone elastomers to hydrogels in either dry or hydrated conditions.

Background

The ability to create a robust interfacial adhesion between silicone elastomers and hydrogels is technically challenging. Elastomers are naturally inert materials that lack functional groups on the surface to create the interfacial adhesion necessary to bond to hydrogel material.

 

The RFP sponsor is seeking technology approaches to allow for bonding a silicone elastomer to a hydrogel material. Approaches such as physical bonding (adhesives) or covalent bonding (surface modification of the elastomer to introduce functional groups that react to hydrogels) are of interest, as are any other methods that allow for the required properties as listed above. 

 

 

Key Success Criteria

Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical bonding technologies, such as adhesives
  • Surface modification/treatment of elastomeric materials to promote adhesion to hydrogels
  • Materials, processes, or methods that create an interfacial bonding layer between elastomer and hydrogel

 

 

 

 

Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Any approach that cannot be adapted to meet requirements for transparency or biocompatibility.

 

 

 

Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Contract Analysis and Testing
  • 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
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to commercialize, ready to implement, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience

 

Appropriate responses to this Request

Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, 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 technology transfer agency that represents an inventor or technology holder who can demonstrate an approach to address the request.

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
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