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Please check technical needs from major companies around the world.


Please check technical needs from major companies around the world.

Update on 15-Jan-19

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Innovation Gallery 1/31/2019 2017_0001_N_024 Groundbreaking Powder Application Technologies PepsiCo seeks novel technologies for seasoning application on fabricated potato chips.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_002 Translucent Leather or Translucent Artificial Leather-like Foils Yanfeng Automotive seeks a decorative cover stock for automotive interiors that looks and feels like leather but at the same time is translucent to transmission of a specific luminance of a specific wavelength of light.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_001 Reconfigurable Nest to Hold an Assembly at Each Manufacturing Stage Yanfeng Automotive seeks a universal nest that can hold an automotive interior component during assembly that can reconfigure on demand to hold a different-shaped component.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_032 Transparent Glass-like Plastic Yanfeng Automotive Seeks Films/Coatings which could be combined with a transparent plastic (such as acrylic or polycarbonate) to create a glass like part which provides glass like features such as cold touch, chemical and scratch resistance.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_018 Stays Looking Clean Plastic Interior Surfaces Yanfeng Automotive seeks interiors that have the ability to resist dirt/dust/oil accumulation. The Interior surface must always appear to be clean and must appear to be easy to clean.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_024 A Formable Color Changing Light Technology A thin, formable, and tunable light source that can be formed under a decorative surface material to illuminate the printed graphic image on the decorative surface
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_020 Surface Crosslinking of Polypropylene Copolymers using E-beam Technology Yanfeng Automotive seeks methods to crosslink the surface of polypropylene copolymer, at a controlled depth, using electron beam technology
Innovation Gallery 1/31/2019 2017_0001_N_032 Novel Protein Sources PepsiCo seeks new and novel protein sources for usage in their snacks and beverages. PepsiCo would like to achieve a protein level that provides a measurable positive impact for consumers while enabling a comparable consumer experience.
Innovation Gallery 1/31/2019 2017_0001_N_037 Multiphase Gas Separation Technology PepsiCo seeks novel technologies for multiphase gas separation to enhance waste heat recovery during dehydration processes.
Innovation Gallery 2/28/2019 2017_0001_N_051 For all Packaging-related Technologies PepsiCo seeks to identify new packaging-related technologies to improve their global operations.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_041 Flexible, Cost-effective Heating Textiles or Foils Yanfeng Automotive seeks flexible, cost-effective resilient heating system that can be formed and integrated into slightly curved or substantially non-planar interior surfaces.
Innovation Gallery 9/30/2019 2018_0091_N_001 EnzoMeal ® EnzoMeal®, an improved soybean meal, removes oligosaccharides and increases crude protein. EnzoMeal® represents a breakthrough product for use in commercially derived feed in a high value, well-recognized aquaculture species such as rainbow trout. Efforts to find suitable, more sustainable replacement proteins for fish meal have intensified, and the need to increase the inclusion levels of soybean meal in aqua feed formulations has escalated as well. EnzoMeal® provides aquaculture farmers a sustainable, long-term, economically viable healthy solution.
Innovation Gallery 9/30/2019 2018_0091_N_011 Funding for Commercial Companies to Develop Soy-Based Products If your organization is looking into using soybeans in a new product, the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) wants to talk to you.OSC offers funding to commercial entities, from start-ups to large corporations, developing soy-based products, including both food and non-food applications. Several enterprises have gotten a leg up, thanks to OSC funding, connections, experience, and promotional support (see Background for examples). OSC seeks to broaden its collaborations to support new innovative concepts that leverage the soybean’s versatility.
Innovation Gallery 9/30/2019 2018_0091_N_021 Seeking Industrial Applications for High-Oleic Soybean Oil The Ohio Soybean Council seeks collaborators interested in co-developing industrial applications using high-oleic soybean oil.
Innovation Gallery 9/30/2019 2018_0091_N_002 Seeking Manufacturer for Soy-Based Resin The Ohio Soybean Council seeks partners who can manufacture scaled quantities of Soy-PK resin to enable supply of lab-scale and pilot scale quantities.
Innovation Contest 1/16/2019 2018_0162 Recycling in Space Challenge:
Waste Handling in a Microgravity Environment
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeks proposals for technologies and systems that will, in a microgravity environment, store & transfer logistical mission waste to a thermal processing unit for decomposition. The technology will improve the environmental footprint of future human spacecraft. NASA is interested in proposals for all technologies capable of meeting the desired performance criteria and proposals from all qualified respondents, including university students.
Innovation Contest 1/31/2019 2018_0172 Transforming the Future of Self-Care Challenge To sustain one‘s competitive advantage, a company needs to reduce development times and often that means finding solution from outside the company in other fields. Innovation Contests enable a sponsoring company to quickly identify a community of innovators who can focus on their specific technology challenge and provide solutions that can be acted upon, including working prototypes.
An Innovation Contest employs integrated marketing and PR elements to signal to the global innovation community that the sponsoring company is committed to advancing their technology solutions and is open to collaboration.
 Topic 1: Digital Health Technologies >>
 Topic 2: At-Home Diagnostics >>
 Topic 3: Formulation Technologies >>
RFP 1/31/2019 2018_3863 Partner for Business Using Elastic Electrical Wire "ROBODEN ™" NineSigma, representing Asahi Kasei Corp. (, seeks a business partner that makes use of “ ROBODEN ™ ”, the world’s first elastic electrical wire successfully developed by Asahi Kasei.
Innovation Contest 3/20/2019 2018_0171 Consider Corn Challenge II:
More New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals
NineSigma, on behalf of The National Corn Growers Association, invites proposals for new uses of field corn as a feedstock for producing sustainable chemicals with quantifiable market demand.
Innovation Contest 1/22/2019 2018_0181 Advanced Microelectronics Design and Prototype Challenge Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), in partnership with AFWERX, is launching the Advanced Microelectronics Design and Prototype Challenge. The Challenge will be seeking successfully designed and silicon-validated Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and System on a Chip (SoC) solutions using advanced process technology nodes.
We are looking for products or solutions that effectively demonstrate the benefits of utilizing state of the art ASIC and SoC capabilities offered by commercial industry (size reduction, 100x to 1000x performance improvements) while maintaining the integrity (provenance, traceability) and security needs (information protection, mathematical algorithms) of critical systems.
RFP 1/10/2019 2018_3895 Additives to Accelerate Solidification or Crystallization of Plastics Usable at Above 270℃ NineSigma, representing a multibillion-dollar leading parts manufacturer, seeks additives or nucleating agents that have heat resistance of more than 270°C and that can accelerate the solidification or crystallization of plastics. The client intends to use these additives for cooling processes after molding glass fiber-reinforced polyamide plastics.
RFP 1/10/2019 2018_3893 Development Partner for Testing Instrument to Measure Yarn Tension NineSigma, representing a multibillion-dollar manufacturer in clothing industry, seeks a development partner for a testing instrument to measure yarn tension of weaving machinery. Specifically, the client aims at tension measurement of every single piece of yarns disposed at a density of 6 pieces/cm. Proposals for a technology that has not been applied to textiles and will require additional development are also welcome.
RFP 1/17/2019 2018_3897 Technology and Ideas to Enhance Resolution of Smartphone Photographs NineSigma, representing Shiseido* (, seeks image processing technologies and ideas pertaining to enhance resolution of images of skin surfaces taken by a smartphone camera. We are aiming to implement proposed technologies and ideas on commercial products (apps), which are due to be released in 2020.
RFP 1/20/2019 2018_3900 Technology to Measure Skin Moisture, Color, Surface Shape, and Elasticity by Analysis of Smartphone Facial Images NineSigma, representing Shiseido* (, seeks an image analysis technology to measure any one of skin moisture, color, clarity/complexion, surface shape, and elasticity/resilience of skin. While Shiseido hopes to apply this technology to facial images taken by smartphones in the future, its aim with this request includes technologies and approaches from different technological areas.
RFP 1/20/2019 2018_3902 Smartphone Facial Image Analysis Technology to Measure Sebum, Melanin Levels, Pigmentation or Cell Turnover NineSigma, representing Shiseido* (, seeks analysis of photographic images taken by smartphones that can enable measurement of any one of indices such as sebum, melanin levels, pigmentation, or cell turnover in facial skin. Shiseido believes that many such technologies have already been developed and implemented and hopes to receive proposals from organizations with experience in this area.
RFP 1/18/2019 2018_3920 Intelligent Chart Recognition and Data Extrapolation from PDF Documents NineSigma, representing a major Oil & Gas company, invites proposals for an intelligent data analysis and image recognition system that is able to process PDF files, correctly recognize the included figures, and extract the data in an Excel format.
RFP 1/31/2019 2018_3884 Automatic, Remote Gas Detection Technologies for Demanding Environments NineSigma, representing a global leader in engineered technologies for the Oil & Gas industry, invites proposals for a gas sensing technology that can detect and quantify leaks of process gas from refining, gas transmission or petrochemical assets. The proposed technology must be able to detect a wide range of gases at a low threshold of detection, and to determine leakage rate. The approach must be robust for use in challenging industrial environments.
RFP 1/11/2019 2018_3915 Automatic Calibration and Parameter Identification of Motors NineSigma, representing a major automotive parts manufacturer, seeks technologies for automatic gain control and automatic parameter identification of permanent magnet synchronous motors.
RFP 1/31/2019 2018_3911 Innovative Drug Seeds for Muscle-Related Diseases NineSigma, representing a pharmaceutical company, seeks innovative drug seeds applicable to muscle-related diseases involving muscle atrophies such as muscular dystrophy, sarcopenia, cachexia, etc. The possession of new drug candidates is ideal, but the proposal of innovative new mechanisms, concepts, and ideas is also welcomed.
RFP 1/31/2019 2018_3930 New Applications of Oxygen Stable Isotope (18O) NineSigma, representing TAIYO NIPPON SANSO Corporation ( of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group, seeks a joint research/development partner in order to use their proprietary oxygen stable isotope (¹⁸O) for new applications.
RFP 1/17/2019 2018_3913 Free Viewpoint Video Synthesis Using Multi-camera for Industrial Vehicles NineSigma, representing a major industrial vehicle manufacturer, seeks free viewpoint video synthesis technology using multi-camera. Specifically, the Client aims to develop free viewpoint display system that improve the workability and safety of industrial vehicles through technology for seamless, real-time synthesis of videos from multiple cameras.
RFP 1/14/2019 2018_3923 Highly Stretchable, Restorable, and Heat-resistant Film NineSigma, representing a major materials manufacturer, seeks a partner to develop a film that has excellent stretchability and restorability under high-temperature condition as well as heat resistance. Given the difficulty of combining high stretchability and restorability with heat resistance in conventional technologies, we are looking particularly for suggestions on new polymer materials, composites, and laminate films, as well as performance improvement based on superior molding/forming techniques.
RFP 2/1/2019 2018_3917 Downhole Pressure and Temperature Sensor for Retrofitting into Producing Wells NineSigma, representing ENI SpA, invites proposals for a sensor technology that permits the continuous downhole real time monitoring of producing oil & gas wells. The sensor needs to be installed at the bottom-end of the production tubing and able to monitor and record the downhole pressures and temperatures. The suitable sensor needs to be positioned and fixed downhole in a producing well. Data have to be transmitted on surface preferably in a wireless mode. See ANNEX 1 – Completion Schematic
RFP 1/29/2019 2018_3925 Next Generation Cleaning for Welded Surfaces NineSigma, representing Metalsa, a global Tier 1 Automotive Manufacturer of Structural Components, seeks efficient next generation technologies for the removal of silica contaminants on metal components produced by arc welding.
RFP 2/6/2019 2018_3932 Rapid Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of Welded Seams NineSigma, representing a global manufacturer, invites proposals from organisations and consultants to provide Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) analysis of 3D weld structures in complex jointed systems.
RFP 2/11/2019 2018_3904 Technologies to deliver poorly membrane-permeable peptides NineSigma, representing Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (, seeks a drug formulation technology including modification like conjugation or DDS to deliver poorly membrane-permeable peptides into target cells.
RFP 2/5/2019 FP_2018_3926 Water-based Acrylic Polymer Improve Flexibility and Dirt Pickup Resistance NineSigma, representing a major chemical manufacturer, seeks a technology to improve flexibility and stain resistance of a water-based acrylic polymer owned by the client. Proposals for a technology currently at a lab level which, in principle, will likely be applied to mass production are also widely welcome.
Innovation Gallery 3/8/2019 2018_0131_N_011 Silent Cooling Technologies for Fast Charging of Electric Vehicles BMW is seeking alternative cooling technologies for vehicle batteries to further improve peak cooling capacity during fast charging while reducing cooling components' vibration and noise emission. Solutions that meet the need criteria will be invited to work with BMW to evaluate and develop the idea.
Innovation Gallery 2/15/2019 2018_0132_N_001 Turning CO2 into chemical products Neste, the largest producer of renewable fuels, is seeking technologies which can process CO2 emissions, coming from our oil refineries, and turn them into products which have potential value in the market. Possible products could be energy products (fuels), plastics, lubricants, (platform) chemicals, or other potentially valuable products.
Innovation Gallery 2/15/2019 2018_0132_N_002 Technologies for converting fats, oils and free fatty acids C16-C18 into valuable products Neste, the largest producer of renewable fuels, is seeking technologies which can process fats, oils and free fatty acids C16-C18, mainly coming from waste streams, and turn them into valuable products such as block molecules for chemical industries or novel molecules for fuel applications.
RFP 2/15/2019 2018_3899 Self-Stratifying Liquid Formulations NineSigma, representing a Global Consumer Coatings Company, invites proposals for materials and approaches that result in self-stratifying layers within a water-based liquid coating formulation. The client is interested in any approach that results in self-stratification of components, regardless of technical maturity. The proposed mechanism must ultimately be applicable to architectural coatings.

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