Dust mite protection for mattresses and bedding

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Dust mite protection for mattresses and bedding

  1. 1. REQUEST # 67647 Dust Mite Protection for Mattresses and BeddingRESPONSE DUE DATE: December 9, 2011MANAGER: Jack LieneschSOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESKEMAIL: PhD@ninesigma.com PHONE: +1-216-283-3901OpportunityLicensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept (click buttons above)leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplieragreement, etc.TimelinePhase 1 – 12 months for proof of concept in a laboratoryPhase 2 – Commercial development to be determinedFinancialsPhase 1 – Laboratory proof of concept funding up toUS$ 100,000Phase 2 – To be negotiatedREQUEST FOR PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION BACKGROUNDNineSigma, representing a global Fortune 500 House dust mites are microscopic animals thatmanufacturer, seeks proposals for the primarily live on dead skin cells regularly sheddevelopment of technologies that mitigate, from humans and their animal pets. Dust mitesreduce, or prevent dust mites in mattresses and are generally harmless to most people. Theybedding. Solutions that are quickly dont carry diseases, but they can cause allergiccommercializable are of greatest interest. reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces.Examples of novel approaches of interest wouldinclude: Nearly 100,000 mites can live in one square yard  Chemical treatments for fabrics and of carpet, and a typical mattress in hotels may materials that discourage dust mite have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million mites colonization inside. Dust mite allergies are quite common, as their droppings are carried on small airborne dust  Treatments (chemical, energetic, etc.) particles that are readily inhaled. No pesticides that kill dust mites already present in are currently approved for house dust mites, and bedding and mattresses treatment usually is accomplished by washing  Barrier materials that prevent dust mites the bedding in hot water, by exposing the from migrating from infected bedding mattress or pillow to direct sunlight, or tumbling  Strategies to address humidity, food the bedding in a dryer at high temperature. In the case of upholstery and carpeting, no simple sources, or other conditions required for and effective solution exists. dust mite survival Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium www.ninesigma.com RFP format and graphics© Copyright 2011 NineSigma, Inc
  2. 2. NineSigma Request #67647 Dust Mite Protection for Mattresses and Bedding Page 2POSSIBLE APPROACHES OF INTEREST I am a company or academic person withExamples of applications of interest for technology which should provide a solution butNineSigma’s client would include the following that requires further research and development(note, your technology does not necessarily need to ready it for transfer to commercial use.to address one of these specific examples): RESPONDING TO THIS REQUEST  Alternative bedding materials and/or fiber modification NON-CONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSURE  Solutions directed at changing the By submitting a Response you represent that the environment within mattresses and Response does not and will not be deemed to contain any confidential information of any kind whatsoever. bedding (e.g., humidity control)  Novel barrier fabrics that would prevent Your Response should be an executive summary (about 3 pages). The Response should briefly describe the dust mites from getting access to food technical approach and provide information on sources technology performance, background, and description of the responding team and their related experience.  Biocides specific for dust mites (these would be longer-term solutions but still of By submitting a Response, you acknowledge that interest). NineSigma’s client reserves the sole and absolute right and discretion to select for award all, some, or none of the Responses received for this announcement. NineSigma’s client also may choose to select onlyAPPROACHES NOT OF INTEREST specific tasks within a proposal for award. NineSigmas client has the sole and absolute discretion to determine all award amounts.The following approaches are not of interest:  HEPA filtration RESPONSE EVALUATION  Barrier films for mattresses NineSigma’s client will evaluate the Response using the  Solutions that cannot be implemented within following criteria: 24 months after contract award  Overall scientific and technical merit of the proposed approachANTICIPATED PROJECT PHASES OR PROJECT PLAN  Approach to proof of concept or performance  Potential for proprietary position (i.e., is the technology novel or protectable)Phase 1 – Proof of concept in our client’s  Economic potential of conceptlaboratory  Respondent’s capabilities and related experiencePhase 2 – Commercial development to be  Realism of the proposed plan and cost estimatesdetermined The client will contact respondents with highly responsive proposals for next steps.CRITERIA FOR MOVING FROM PHASE 1 TO PHASE 2Demonstrate 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.I am a company or academic person withtechnology which should provide a solution readyfor testing and transfer to commercial use. Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium www.ninesigma.com

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