PROGRAM MANAGER: Jos Cenens, PhD
OPPORTUNITY: Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, and/or supplier agreement.
Phase 1 - Proof of concept (3-6 months)
Phase 2 - Scale up towards commercial use (12 months)
All financials are to be negotiated
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a global textile manufacturing company, invites proposals for the development of high performance materials suitable for producing a bodily fluids absorbing gusset. The materials should allow for a thin gusset that can be integrated in undergarments and absorb menstruation blood and/or urine. It should hold these bodily fluids for a 24-hour wearer cycle and keep the user dry at all time without any leakage on to the outer fabric. The materials should be durable and allow domestic wash cycles. Other essential functionalities are stain resistance/stain release, bacteriostatic, and active odor cancellation.
The sanitary product market is dominated by disposable products. These are easy to use but afterwards a lot of the disposable tampons, pads and napkins end up in sewage systems and landfills. Since they often include synthetic materials they do not readily decompose thus contributing to environmental problems.
In recent years reusable products have come to the market. NineSigma’s client is developing reusable solutions for the fem-care and incontinence market. They want to identify materials that can be incorporated into underwear and that are able to hold bodily fluids for a day-long period. Next to environmental benefits, the goal is to offer increased consumer comfort.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Scale up towards commercial use
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), researchers, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company that has demonstrated a proof of concept of a multilayer cotton based material that fulfills the criteria of this request
You represent a university research department that has a novel absorbing material that should be suitable but requires more testing before commercial use