The client, a leading food manufacturer, is working to produce food products containing freeze-dried bacteria. The viability of freeze-dried bacteria can be maintained for a long time in low water activity, but the viability decreases when the water activity increases. Therefore, it is a challenge to disperse the freeze-dried bacteria in food product without increasing the water activity.
The client has been examining coating technology by using several protective agents, but the effects have not been acceptable. As a result, we decided to seek proposals in order to identify effective technology for preventing the increase in water activity or improving the viability of freeze-dried bacteria from various approaches including coating technology.
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.