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Blockchain-Enabled Material Traceability and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tracking Platform
Majority of global greenhouse gas emissions stems from industrial activities, over 70% of which can be attributed to manufacturing, energy, and transportation. Companies are under increasing regulatory, investor and public pressure to demonstrate responsible sourcing, recycling and reduce carbon footprint across their supply chains, but many do not know where to start due to a lack of usable data and visibility across their supply chains. This technology offer enables the organisation to achieve end-to-end visibility of supply chains that provides actionable and reliable data to make informed decisions and meet compliance requirements. The solution also dynamically tracks emissions at each supply chain step based on the actual flow of materials for their Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. By using blockchain, each component of the supply chain can be made immutable, and possibly be used for carbon credits generation, offsetting and trading. The technology owner is seeking partners and collaborators especially those in mining, battery recycling and electric vehicles (EVs) industries to test bed their solution.
Liquid-phase Electro-conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Syngas
In recent years, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere have reached unacceptably high levels. The CO2 in the air can be captured but a method of effectively utilising or sequestrating it remains to be found. Therefore, there is a need for a new technology that can cost effectively, and energy efficiently utilise or sequestrate CO2. This technology offer uses a natural, low-temperature, liquid-phase processes to electro-convert captured CO2 into syngas, a mixture of hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO). This is highly desired as syngas is the precursor of many useful materials such as plastics, ammonia and methanol and is typically made from fossil fuel.  Any emitters of CO2 could integrate this technology into their plants to both reduce their carbon emissions and increase overall system efficiency.  The projected costs show that the syngas will be able to compete with fossil sources based on price, in many cases, without the need for a carbon subsidy or relying on any value from the oxygen (O2) produced as a co-product. The technology owner is looking for partners in various CO2 emitting industries for further co-development and test bedding of the solution. The technology owner is also keen to license this technology as well.
Using Natural Products to Improve Skin Microflora for Atopic Dermatitis
The skin microbiome is an important factor in determining skin health status. However, to date, there have been limited ways to improve the skin microbiome for healthy skin. The company has developed a technology to improve the distribution of the skin microbial flora. Using natural products comprised of plant extracts, the technology allows microflora distribution that is beneficial to skin health. Skin microflora composition of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) is different to that in healthy individuals. Using the technology on 21 subjects, the results showed a reduction of Staphylococcus aureus, a key colonizing bacterium on skin of AD patients, by an average of 29%, and Cutibacterium acnes, an acne bacterium, by an average of 23%. Improving the distribution of these microorganisms brings about several benefits including ameliorated damaged skin barrier, relieved primary irritation of sensitive skin, delayed aging, and improved skin pigment uniformity. Nearly half of the AD patients experienced effects of treating their symptoms, with the remaining having improvements in symptom relief. The technology allows for other aspects of skin health regeneration such as improved moisture retention for up to 72 hours, improved skin complexion, and reduced body odor. The majority of current solution offerings has presented limited outcomes of skin microbiome improvements. Unlike these existing solutions, the plant-based technology allows redistribution of skin microflora, which is key to treat and manage atopic dermatitis. The technology provider is seeking collaborations with partners who are interested to adopt this plant-based composition for co-developing new skincare products for AD.
Sepsis Prediction Algorithm For Intensive Care
Sepsis is a severe life-threatening clinical syndrome caused by the dysregulated host response to infection. Annually, it affects 49 million people and accounts for 35% of hospital deaths. Despite being a potentially fatal condition, early intervention with antibiotics, fluid resuscitation, source control, and support of vital organ function have shown to dramatically improve patient outcomes. However, without any existing reliable biomarkers, early recognition of sepsis is a challenge. Recognition is further complicated by its syndromic nature and heterogeneity of the host response to infection. Although sepsis care bundles exist to guide rapid intervention upon sepsis recognition, early diagnosis or even prediction is vital in managing sepsis and patient outcome. This technology offers a machine learning algorithm for autonomous sepsis prediction of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. It predicts sepsis onset in adult ICU patients up to three hours in advance, using clinical datapoints routinely collected in the ICUs. As a clinical decision support tool, sepsis prediction scores are calculated continuously and autonomously, alerting clinicians to patients at risk of sepsis development. The algorithm empowers clinicians to deliver personalized care and early clinical intervention. The aim is to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by providing accurate prediction, diagnosis, and treatment support. The technology provider is seeking partnerships with Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) providers and healthcare organizations to integrate and test-bed the sepsis prediction algorithm. Other business opportunities and collaborative development of other disease prediction algorithms in intensive care (e.g. acute kidney injury, decompensation, cardiac arrest) are open to discussion.


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Seeking Food-Grade Paper Stiffening and Moisture Resistant Technologies
The tech seeker is a global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company that manufactures a wide range of consumer products and is seeking to remove the use of single-use plastic ingredients from its product portfolio as part of its ongoing sustainability programmes. However, the plastic ingredients currently used in the company’s products provide several important functions, including rigidity and moisture resistance. Replacing these plastics with alternatives such as recyclable paper-based materials means that some of these functionalities are lost. In order to overcome these limitations, the client is seeking technologies that can be used to strengthen paper. The tech seeker is a large and well established business with excellent market access. They are searching for companies developing and supplying solutions to meet their current and future product demands. The company is also open to R&D collaborations with companies that have interesting technologies meeting their criteria but may need further help with development.
Seeking Sports Science Expertise in Sports Performance Analysis and Recommendation for Children
Sports provide good physical education and development for children. Participation in sports is closely associated to physical health, mental well-being, and the development of important life skills for the youth including communication, teamwork, decision-making, leadership, perseverance, and time-management. To improve sport performance, it would be important to leverage on sport science, coaching and technology to attract, identify and develop talent to achieve a competency level in a particular sport. Currently, children who sign up for different sports programme are evaluated by the coaches on each session for that particular sport. There is no system in place to analyze and recommend the most suitable sports for each child, so it is difficult for parents, educators, and sports coaches to identify a sport or determine if a child will excel in a sport based on his physical attributes, sport dispositions and strengths. A Singapore-based company who is currently providing sports coaching for children aged 7-12 years old, is seeking technology providers and experts in sports science or physical education to co-create an assessment system for sports performance analysis and recommendation for children.
Seeking Novel Leavening Technology that enables Sodium Reduction
A leading snack company is interested in novel leavening solutions (ingredient and/or process technologies) that enable effective sodium reduction for their baked goods portfolio (savory/salty crackers, sweet cookies). Sodium-based leavening agents (sodium bicarbonate, SAPP etc.) are commonly used in baked goods to deliver the desired product texture and apperance. Finding alternative solutions that can deliver the same great consumer experience without elevating the pH is of interest.
Seeking Immersive Technology Partner for Omnichannel Retail Shopping Experience
With the acceleration of e-commerce and digital technologies post-pandemic, there is a need for closer integration of the physical shopping experience with online digital journey for a seamless omnichannel experience. As part of the company's drive to attract new and existing customers of a younger age group, a multinational corporation operating in the duty-free retail sector is seeking a technology partner to co-create memorable shopping experiences and enhance customer engagement with the help of immersive technologies, with a focus on, but not limited to Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). The technology seeker’s core strength is in the design of attractive physical airport duty-free retail environments for the global market, and their core product categories are Liquor & Tobacco, Perfumes & Cosmetics and Confectionery. Therefore, it is crucial for potential technology partners to consider a customer’s shopping journey within a travel retail environment (with associated constraints on shopping time, travel retail exclusives etc.) when conceptualizing and developing an immersive engagement experience. The technology seeker aims to eventually implement and roll out the project to several airports in the Asia Pacific region.

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