Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
Potential collaborations may include: joint development; technology licensing; supplier agreement; product acquisition; contract research; proof of concept leading to scale-up to commercial application
The client plans to engage top-rated solution providers in preliminary discussions under NDA by March 2016.
Phase 1 – Proof of technical concept on client’s glass substrate (3-6 months)
Phase 2 – To be determined based on the proposed technical solution
Funding exists to establish proof of concept for top-rated proposals. All funding or budget agreements will be commensurate with the nature and scope of the proposed technology. Final terms are subject to negotiation directly with NineSigma’s client.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Leading Manufacturer of Consumer Products, invites proposals for technologies capable of detecting the presence of unwanted chemical residues on a silica glass surface. Technical solutions describing equipment, processes, or testing protocols are encouraged from experts across the landscape of industry, research, and academia.
NineSigma’s client is seeking innovative solutions to accurately determine the presence or absence of coating residues on the interior of a silicate glass tube. For quality control purposes, the glass tubes are coated with optically transparent anti-stick / anti-friction coatings (e.g. polyethylene glycol, etc.) at a point upstream in the supply chain. Such coatings are meant to be applied only to the exterior surface of the glass, leaving the interior untreated. The presence of any such residues on the interior glass surface can negatively affect performance characteristics in the end application and must be detected prior to processing by the client. Traditional testing methodologies, such as gas chromatography of surface swabs, have not delivered satisfactory, inclusive results to date.
This issue is central to the client’s business and a successful solution represents a potentially game-changing innovation. The client believes that novel techniques or devices may exist within adjacent industries to address this concern. Viable collaborative partners should be capable of establishing proof of concept on samples provided by the client and would ideally support the development pathway through optimization and industrial implementation.
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 any top-rated solution providers following a review of the full, proposed technology / approach and its suitability for the client’s intended application. For developmental approaches, incremental funding will be made available in accordance with completion of to-be-determined milestones.
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Solution providers proposing external testing and analysis services are invited to respond. Any and all such proposals must include a clear indication of the anticipated testing methodology or services employed to address the above problem statement and an explanation of the novelty of this approach.
The following approaches are not of interest:
Appropriate responses will use the response form and address the following: