Detection mechanisms to signal bacterial contamination in cleaning implements


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Detection mechanisms to signal bacterial contamination in cleaning implements

  1. 1. REQUEST # 67668Detection Mechanisms to Signal Bacterial Contamination in Cleaning Implements RESPONSE DUE DATE: December 9, 2011 MANAGER: Jack Lienesch SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK EMAIL: PHONE: +1-216-283-3901 Opportunity Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of (click buttons above) concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement, etc. Timeline Phase 1 – Rapid evaluation on commercially advanced solutions (preferred) or development of proof of concept Phase 2 – Additional commercial development to be determined Financials Phase 1 – Laboratory proof of concept funding up to US$ 100,000 Phase 2 – To be negotiatedREQUEST FOR PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION  Embedded chemical/visual sensors that signal contamination (preferably visuallyNineSigma, representing a global Fortune 500 and without electronic components)manufacturer, seeks proposals for thedevelopment of technologies that would provide BACKGROUNDusers, specifically household consumers, with ameans to quickly and accurately tell when Current household cleaning implementscleaning implements such as sponges, scrub (sponges, scrubbers, cloths) are typically lowpads, or cloths require replacement. Of tech, low cost products that provide no feedbackparticular interest are partners with technology on remaining useful life or current condition. Insolutions that are ready to commercialize or general, the current products are inert, andcould be readied for commercialization within 1- unresponsive to changes in their environment or2 years. The focus of this Request is specifically level of bacterial contamination. This leaves theon solutions that are extremely low-cost. user with no feedback on the products or their safety. While simple incorporation of colorantsExamples of novel approaches of interest would into products can show users a time-basedinclude but are not limited to: indication of when to change products, these are not actually correlated to extent of contamination  Chemical treatments for materials that or cleanliness. Recognizing this, consumers change color to indicate bacterial typically ignore these indicators since they are contamination or end-of-functional-life not related to what is potentially harmful. Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium RFP format and graphics© Copyright 2011 NineSigma, Inc
  2. 2. NineSigma Request #67668 Detection Mechanisms to Signal Bacterial Contamination in Cleaning Implements Page 2What is lacking is a low cost method for imparting I am a company or academic person witha sensor into cleaning implements that can alert technology which should provide a solution readythe user to potential contamination, specifically for testing and transfer to commercial use.bacterial contamination. I am a company or academic person withPOSSIBLE APPROACHES technology which should provide a solution but that requires further research and developmentExamples of applications of interest for to ready it for transfer to commercial use.NineSigma’s client would include the following(note, your technology does not necessarily needto address one of these specific examples): RESPONDING TO THIS REQUEST  Technology solutions that target reducing NON-CONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSURE potential transmission of pathogens By submitting a Response you represent that the  Indicators that provide process-control Response does not and will not be deemed to contain information on the fidelity of the cleaning any confidential information of any kind whatsoever. implements’ ability to maintain a low Your Response should be an executive summary (about transmission potential 3 pages). The Response should briefly describe the technical approach and provide information on technology performance, background, and description of the responding team and their related experience.APPROACHES NOT OF INTEREST By submitting a Response, you acknowledge that NineSigma’s client reserves the sole and absolute right  Solutions requiring sophisticated and discretion to select for award all, some, or none of hardware, electronics, or bulky equipment the Responses received for this announcement. NineSigma’s client also may choose to select only  External sterilization techniques or specific tasks within a proposal for award. NineSigmas processes client has the sole and absolute discretion to determine all award amounts.  Indicator technologies based on time of use, rather than presence or level of bacterial contamination RESPONSE EVALUATION NineSigma’s client will evaluate the Response using the following criteria:ANTICIPATED PROJECT PHASES OR PROJECT PLAN  Overall scientific and technical merit of the proposed approachPhase 1 – Proof of concept or evaluation of  Approach to proof of concept or performanceadvanced solutions in our client’s laboratory  Potential for proprietary position (i.e., is the technology novel or protectable)Phase 2 – Commercial development to be  Economic potential of conceptdetermined  Respondent’s capabilities and related experience  Realism of the proposed plan and cost estimatesCRITERIA FOR MOVING FROM PHASE 1 TO PHASE 2 The client will contact respondents with highly responsive proposals for next steps.Demonstrate in our client’s laboratory that theproposed approach meets all the requirementsAPPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUESTResponses from companies (small to large),academic researchers, other research institutes,consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, orinventors are welcome. Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium