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3-in-1 Asset Tracker - BLE/Wi-fi/GPS Indoor and Outdoor applications
Nowadays indoor tracking systems require heavy infrastructure set up, and it could be a big challenge when the users simply want to localize their valuable mobile assets. We have developed a 3-in-1 asset tracker, which is able to manage and monitor the assets indoor and outdoor. The device is battery operated that sends geolocation through Sigfox network. The benefits of deploying the device include the improvement of productivity and cost-saving for lost assets replacement. Furthermore, the lifespan of the device is expected to operate for more than 8 years, and thus no maintenance is needed. Briefly, the device detects the signal from the closest BLE Beacons - that are placed on the asset; and sends the identification documents (IDs) to the internet of things (IoT) Sigfox platform (where Sigfox transmission is used as a backhaul when the other connectivity is out of range). This tracking solution can also indicate: If an asset has been immobile for too long (also reports of its location and time) When it has been moved after being motionless If it steps out a predefined area If too many assets are located in the same location
Flexible Printed Battery as a Sustainable Power Source
With a projected market size of close to US$300M in 2025, printed thin film batteries are emerging as ideal candidates to power the next-generation wearables, medical and electronic devices. Unlike conventional batteries, printed thin-film batteries offers form-factor freedom, flexibility, providing power at sub-milimeter thickness and potentially cost effective to manufacture. Typically, zinc-manganese has been the chemistry of choice for printed batteries thanks to its low cost, high safety and ease of processing. Printed battery is manufactured by depositing conductive ink as a thin-film of paste onto a flexible polymer substrate (e.g., PET or heat-resistant polyimide films) by screen printing technique. Developed by an SME, the proprietary printed battery technology consists of layers of zinc anode, manganese dioxide cathode, electrolyte, separator, current collectors and sealing materials. The final battery is about 0.7 mm thick. While the energy capacities and size/shape could be customised depending on the use cases, the printed battery is best suited for applications at a power consumption of less than 50 mW. The technology owner may provide an initial assessment of the feasibility in using printed battery as a power source. If feasible, the technology owner may support in further brainstorming to optimise the power requirement and battery capacity for potential use cases. With a full grasp of the technical requirements, co-development activities including prototyping, battery integration with the final product (where applicable) will follow. For selected final products, the technology owner may serve as the original equipment manufacturer or original design manufacturer for the technology seeker.
Culturing Methods of Homogenized Organoids for Mass Production and Automation
Traditional methods of culturing organoids are labor-intensive, time-consuming, and limited in their ability to produce large quantities of organoids with consistent quality and characteristics. This technology enables the production of homogenized organoids of consistent quality. It utilizes specialized conditions to facilitate mass production and automate the cultivation of organoids derived from various tissues and organs, including the liver, kidney, lung, and brain. The IP addresses a need in the marketplace by providing a more efficient and cost-effective method of producing organoids. This technology reduces the time and cost of producing organoids while improving the reproducibility and scalability of the process. This can accelerate drug discovery and development, improve the accuracy of toxicology testing, enable the development of personalized medicine, and eventually replace the need for animal testing in the long-term vision of drug development. The technology provider will be producing the desired organoids as the end product with a further aim to enable a platform service for toxicity and efficacy testing when fully commercialized. The identity of the organoids will be validated by expression of relevant biomarkers. The end users of this technology are likely to be pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms, academic research institutions, and clinical laboratories. Overall, the technology has the potential to transform the way organoids are produced and used in the biomedical field. The technology owner is actively seeking for R&D collaboration to allow integration into existing protocols and testing with institutions, biotech companies and Contract Research Organizations (CROs).
Model-Predictive Control for Smart Building Energy Management
Modern buildings are often equipped with building automation and control (BAC) systems for operational control and monitoring. Conventional BAC systems lack the level of intelligence to coordinate the control of complex building systems to achieve multiple targets (energy efficiency, occupant well-being). Most conventional BAC systems have the core control algorithm in a reactive manner such as on/off control or proportional–integral–derivative (PID) control. Due to the complexity of most modern buildings and their ACMV systems, reactive control can practically never achieve the desired control target based on the past measurement information. In addition, reactive control is typical for single-input systems (e.g., room temperature as a single input for ACMV system) but rarely capable of coordinating multiple systems. These limitations in the current reactive BAC systems could lead to low energy efficiency and unsatisfactory human comfort. The proposed technology offers a model predictive control (MPC) solution that overcomes such limitations by employing a building model to perform optimal, predictive and coordinated control of various building service systems including air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation (ACMV – FCU, VAV, ACB, PDV, etc), lighting (automated dimming) and shading (automated blinds and electrochromic windows), etc. The technology was test bedded in multiple buildings, achieving 20 – 60% of energy savings while greatly improving occupants’ thermal and visual comfort. This could largely disrupt the BAC market to shift to a much more intelligent level with predictive (instead of reactive) control and real-time optimization. A MPC system that is suitable for commercial deployment is now being developed. The technology provider is seeking for industry partners to collaborate through various modes including technology licensing, research project and test bedding in buildings.


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Seeking Sustainable Electronics for Use Within Portable Consumer Devices
The technology seeker is a global FMCG company that designs and manufactures a range of portable consumer devices. These devices contain electronic components and PCBA (printed circuit board assembly), using increasingly unsustainable rare metals. As part of its on-going sustainability programmes, the company wishes to reduce the environmental impact of these devices and identify technology solutions that would facilitate the creation of “sustainable electronics” for use within their consumer devices. The company is therefore actively searching for technological innovations that would enable them to meet their “sustainable electronics” goal. They are a large and well established business with wide market reach so this represents an excellent opportunity for existing and new technology partners. The company is also interested in R&D collaborations, and engaging with small companies who have developed a technology platform that could benefit from additional resources (e.g. via the company’s corporate venturing arm) to support expediated scale up.
Seeking Upcycling Technologies for Agri-Food Side Streams to High Value Products
According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), global food production in 2020 was approximately 5.3 billion metric tons. However, one-third of this total production does not reach consumers' tables. The agrifood industry generates significant amounts of side streams that are often rich in valuable nutrients and compounds. Unfortunately, due to the lack of concerted efforts to aggregate these side streams and implement efficient and sustainable upcycling technologies, they are mostly underutilized. Agriculture, animal, and seafood farming generate substantial volumes of side streams. These side streams include vegetables, coffee beans, cacao, chicken feathers, innards, bones, offals, and scales. They are rich in nutrients and minerals, and there is an interest in seeking new technologies to upcycle them into valuable raw materials for consumption, packaging, or construction materials. We are currently seeking technologies that are capable of converting agrifood side streams into higher-value products. Preferably, the tech provider should be available for co-development partnerships,  R&D collaborations, IP licensing, and acquisition.
Seeking Green Technologies or Processes for Manufacturing Triglycerides
The technology seeker specialises in the research, development, production and sales of value-added components obtained through the extraction, isolation and purification of compounds from raw materials. Sustainability is key to their business and they are interested to identify “green” / sustainable manufacturing approaches that they could adopt for producing triglycerides (i.e. beyond the extraction of triglycerides from agricultural crops), preferably with fatty acid chains between C8 – C24. The client has global processing operations with well-established customer base and market access. They are open to exploring different ways of working with technology developers ranging from collaborative research and development projects for earlier-stage technologies; to licensing of technology with high technical readiness; and longer-term investment (e.g. joint-ventures or mergers / acquisition).
Seeking Technologies to Reduce, Remove, or Separate Hydrocarbon Compounds
The technology seeker is a manufacturing company that operates a range of industrial processes to isolate and purify products from raw materials. They are looking for technologies for removing or reducing to a non-detectable (less than 1ppm) level, various species of long chain saturated hydrocarbon compounds and (poly)aromatic hydrocarbon compounds from a mixture of triglycerides. The compounds of interest have hydrocarbon chains with a carbon number up to C50. The company is actively searching for partners with expertise in technologies for reducing, removing, or separating hydrocarbon compounds. They are interested in connecting with universities and other research organisations, start-ups and established companies who are developing suitable or applicable technologies. They have an established customer base and global processing operations. The company can provide significant resources to scale up potential processes and relevant businesses, including financial investment and joint development. The client is interested in working with technology developers and would consider a variety of ways of working from research collaboration to technology licensing, joint venture and acquisition. 

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