OPPORTUNITY: Depending on the nature of the proposed solution this RFP could result in one or more of the following: licensing, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement
Phase 1 - Proof of concept (within 6 months)
Phase 2 - Commercial development and scale up (12 to 18 months)
FINANCIALS: Based on development and commercialization status of the proposed technology possible opportunities include funding for further development, manufacturing support, commitment to annual purchasing volumes or other financial incentives.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Global Apparel Manufacturer, invites proposals for technologies or materials to eliminate carcinogenic particles such as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) and related molecules that can become embedded in protective textiles during use.
Highly combustible environments can generate carcinogenic particles (e.g. benzopyrenes, benzanthracenes, chrysenes, etc.) as a byproduct of the combustion process. These particles can become embedded in the protective apparel utilized by field workers – such as in the Oil & Gas, Mining, Military / Defense, and Public Safety sectors – thereby increasing the inherent, long-term health risks to the wearer.
NineSigma’s client seeks to identify partners with technologies that can self-clean, prevent particle adhesion, or catalyze, encapsulate or otherwise eliminate an embedded carcinogen within 24 to 48 hours of initial contact. Ideal solutions will incorporate into a textile matrix, and operate passively without the need for activation. However, solutions where removal or catalysis is activated via a cleaning process, the application of a secondary material, or through an external stimulus are also invited.
Potential solutions may include novel textiles, fibers, coatings, surface treatments, encapsulations, or nanotechnologies from interested parties within academia, research or industry. All approaches should be adaptable to use in flexible textiles, and meet the given specifications for flammability and durability.
The successful technology will:
Furthermore, proposed solutions should address one or more of the following specifications:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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ANTICIPATED PROJECT PHASES OR PROJECT PLAN
Phase 1 - Proof of Technical Concept
Phase 2 - To be determined in accordance with the proposed scope of work.
ANCRITERIA FOR MOVING FROM PHASE 1 to PHASE 2
APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent an organization with a material solution that is ready for testing in the intended application
You represent an organization with an anti-adherent, self-cleaning, catalyzing or encapsulation technology that can provide a solution for development and prototyping
You represent an organization with technology that should provide a solution but that requires further research and development to ready it for transfer to commercial use.