Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

No-Spill Flexible Package

Request Number
Due Date
Apr 10
Program Manager


Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement


Phase 1 – Prototype in 3-5 months
Phase 2 – Production in 12-18 months

RFP was closed on
Apr 2019

RFP Title


No-Spill Flexible Package
RFP Description

NineSigma, on behalf of a global manufacturing company, seeks a novel dispensing system for flexible pouches that prevents or reduces the chance of accidental dispensing.


NineSigma’s client seeks a no-spill dispensing solution for consumer flexible pouches for a variety of viscous products similar to food purées and water. The product is dispensed by the consumer from ages 8 months and older. Product is currently dispensed when the consumer sucks from the flexible package, squeezes the package, or a combination of the two.

First time young consumers (8 to 36 months), without any learned behavior, tend to grasp the flexible package causing the contents to spill unintentionally. Other accidents occur when the flexible format is dropped by accident and the contents spill. NineSigma’s client seeks alternate methods to ensure controlled dispensing to avoid spills, and develop a dispensing solution that allows the pouch contents to evacuate upon sucking or by intentional and intuitive means.

Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Prevent leakage from mechanical compression alone
  • Prevent leakage from opened pouch if sucking is discontinued
  • Be applicable to container volumes from approx. 3 oz to 48 oz
  • Not require substantial redesign of existing pouch (formed film portion)
Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel valve designs
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
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience
Preferred Collaboration Types
Area of Interest