While a heating process combined with artificial preservatives is currently used to prevent microorganisms in soft drinks from deteriorating, consumers’ growing interest in natural products in recent years is creating the need to avoid artificial preservatives and increasing the demand for use of naturally derived antimicrobial and bacteriostatic agents.
Nevertheless, many of the existing natural antimicrobial agents, when the effective amount is added, have a negative impact on taste and flavor, and have poor heat resistance.
R&D activities on novel natural antimicrobial and bacteriostatic agents, on the other hand, have been conducted actively in the food industry as well as the cosmetics and pharmaceutical fields. The client has thus issued this open request to seek a potential solution or technology from various industries around the globe.
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
- Overall scientific and technical merit
- Approach to proof of concept or performance
- Economic potential of concept
- Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
- Potential for proprietary position
- Respondents’ capability and related experiences
Anticipated Project Process
After reviewing submitted proposals, the client possibly ask clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.