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Working hand-in-hand with our partners, we identify the pain points and craft concise problem statements to engage our innovation network. Enterprises can explore the technology needs gleaned from global industry sources, or seek solutions and expertise to accelerate innovation.

Seeking Electronic Tags for Smart Packaging
Smart packaging has emerged as a potential solution to consumers to track the usage of a product. By collecting the data (e.g., volume, temperature, weight) from the sensor and wirelessly transmitting the measured data to a processing unit (e.g., mobile phone), the usage and quality of a product can be analyzed. The analyzed data can provide several information to the users, such as when to replenish the product, the effectiveness of a medicine and when the product is used. The Singapore company aspires to be the market leader in Smart packaging offering an integrated intelligent connected packaging label solution for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), Food and Healthcare products. Currently, fakes products are prevalent in both online and offline space. The ability to authenticate products are crucial for both consumers’ welfare and companies’ revenue. This is especially so for food related products. The company is currently providing solutions to help companies in S.E Asia and China on Brand Protection and Product authentication to prevent loss revenue due to counterfeit, track supply chain and engage consumers. The company believes in 2 broad future trends – (1) Product Authenticity and (2) Internet of Things (IoT). They are interested in technology that can be incorporated as intelligent packaging where a smart label on product packaging is engage consumers and help to track product consumption by the user. The company is seeking a wireless electronic tag that can be easily integrated or attached on a packaging and able to capture the usage and frequency of the consumption of products, such as milk powder, drink, medicine.   Use case for intelligent packaging label: A smart label is applied onto a healthcare supplement product. The label outside the packaging will automatically track how much supplement is left on the bottle and provide alerts to the consumer’s smartphone. It can be integrated to seller’s stores for delivery with a button. The sellers can also receive notification on real time consumption levels in different locations and help to ensure sufficient supplies for replenishment to their customers. The company is on the lookout for suitable partners to create, develop or integrate intelligent technology with brand protection technology solutions to allow consumers to first authenticate product purchase and then monitor product consumption level.
Seeking Mild Processing Technology for Oils/Fats and Proteins Production
We are working with an established ingredients manufacturer supplying the food industry with a range of oils/fats and proteins. The production of these ingredients can require extensive processing, high energy consumption, and the use of large quantities of organic solvents (e.g. hexane), all of which provide environmental risks. The food industry and its supply chain currently face the dual challenge of moving to more sustainable sources (requiring alternative sources of oils/fats and proteins that can provide similar yield/quality to products such as palm oil), whilst finding ‘greener’ methods of processing that don’t require the use of organic solvents and capital intensive processes. This shift to sustainable farming and processing is being increasingly demanded by more knowledgeable consumers keen to protect the environment and the long-term health of the planet and its occupants. The client has committed to extending and improving the sustainability of their operations and seeks innovative partners to enable this change. The client is therefore actively searching for partners with expertise in the mild (sustainable and/or solvent-free) processing of plant-based raw materials that could enable the future production of oils/fats and proteins suitable for the food industry. We are therefore interested to connect with start-ups and established companies that can demonstrate proof of concept at pilot scale and beyond, for technologies with the potential for production scale within 5 years (>100s of tons).
Seeking New Process Technology to Manufacture Heterogeneous Catalysts
A catalyst's performance is typically strongly interlinked with its manufacturing method, determining properties such as crystal size, porosity, mechanical stability of formed shapes, homogeneity, morphology, crystallinity, etc. Thus, different properties to the formally identical, established products are expected. The technology seeker is keen to jointly explore if and how catalyst performance would be changed - for better or worse. They are open to explore technologies that can improve the production process and the resulting catalyst over the existing state-of-the art, for instance increased yield, increased quality, tuning relevant material properties, reduced cost, or reduced CO2 footprint and increased sustainibility of production. Typical materials which the company manufactures are zeolites, (mixed) metal oxides, and supported (precious) metals and metal oxides (supports typically are based on alumina, steatite, cordierite or calcium aluminate). Specific exemplary materials would be Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 (used for methanol synthesis), FeOx (used as catalyst precursor for ammonia synthesis) or Pd or Ni on alumina carriers (used e.g. for hydrogenation or dehydrogenation). The resulting catalysts are currently used for applications around synthesis gas (e.g. methanol production, steam reforming, ammonia production, water gas shift), petrochemicals (e.g. olefin production, aromatics, styrene, ethylene oxide), and specialties (e.g. emission control, off-gas treatment, gas purification, selective oxidation, hydrogenation, fuel upgrading). New methods that are relevant along the production of inorganic solids are of interest, for instance for precipitation, mixing, synthesis, aging, filtration, impregnation, coating, drying, calcining and heat treatment, as well as shaping and forming (i.e. tableting, extrusion and pelletizing).
Seeking Drone and Facilities Partners to Integrate and Testbed Structure Inspection Tech
We are a Singapore startup with core technology in AI-assisted image post-processing. Our technology is available as a platform and is in prototype stage. Our propietary algorithms allows us to quickly scan through images where our AI models will identify trained-for image indicators e.g., wear and tear of structures, building defects, annomalities. We are applying this technology in the Smart Building Inspection space for purposes such as periodic facade inspection (PFI). Our technology is able to process image output from drone inspections to quickly compile a report for building management or inspectors. The report will contain imagery representing 3D generated model of the building structure. Our team possesses personnel with the know-how and license to operate for drone flights. The team possess domain expertises in the areospace and marine industry, as such they are no strangers to structure inspections and will be able to provide an environmental scan to provide for a customised fit for the final outputted structure/building inspection report. Our AI platform allows for human-in-the-loop machine learning model training. By working with structure/building experts over a number of drone flights and inspections, we use their labelled data to train more accurate and precise machine learning models, to allow for a fully autonomous defects identification and generation of inspection report; from input of drone flight images, to output of report.
Seeking Chocolate and Fat-based Filling Mouthfeel Modification Solutions
A significant challenge in product reformulation to achieve reduced sugar/fat/calorie content in chocolate and fat-based fillings is mouthfeel. Chocolate and fat-based fillings are suspensions of finely ground particles (e.g. sugar, milk powders, cocoa powder) in a continuous fat phase (e.g. cocoa butter and/or other vegetable fats). Standard chocolate and fat-based fillings have a continuous fat phase content of 27 – 32% (by weight) with the remaining 73 – 68% being finely ground particulates. When chocolate or fat-based filling is chewed, the solid fat phase is physically broken down by the teeth and begins to melt and mix with saliva. In standard chocolate, the concentration of the particles (i.e. the extent of interaction with oral surfaces) and the properties of the particles (solubility, water binding/absorbing etc.) result in the classic chocolate texture. If fat content is reduced, the relative proportion of the particle phase will increase, therefore leading to a greater extent of particle interaction with oral surfaces, and typically a harder texture, more crumbly texture and dryer/powdery mouth feel. If sugar content is reduced, and replaced with an alternative particle (e.g. soluble and/or insoluble fibre), then although the concentration of particles may not increase, the fibres will have a greater, negative textural impact. For example, they can mix with saliva and become sticky and due to low solubility, can be perceived as rough or powdery. If both fat reduction and sugar reduction are attempted simultaneously, then both issues are present.
Seeking UVC LED Technologies for Antimicrobial Applications
This company is seeking a human-safe UVC LED technology that is suitable for antimicrobial applications, specifically against viruses, to be used in areas that are at risk of bacterial or viral infections. UV radiation is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that has been classified to have wavelengths of 100 – 400nm, and within this range of wavelength, it is further broken down into 3 sections, UVC (short wavelength, 100 – 280nm), UVB (middle wavelength, 280 – 315nm) and UVA (long wavelength, 315 – 400nm).  Conventional broad-spectrum UVC is highly effective against bacteria and viruses by disrupting the molecular bonds of the DNA, and are commonly used in decontamination applications, especially in the medical sector. However, the conventional UVC is also a known human health hazard, causing skin cancers and cataracts, limiting its usefulness in public areas. The company is thus seeking new and innovative UVC LED technologies that are effective against bacteria and viruses, yet harmless to humans, to be employed indoors, in locations such as transportation, hospitals, hotels, offices, etc., where there is a need to maintain a safe environment through frequent disinfection. Technology owners should be open to work closely with the company to test the solution, and further develop the technology to meet the said requirements.
Built Environment Accelerate to Market Programme (BEAMP)
The Built Environment Accelerate to Market Programme (BEAMP) is a multi-agency initiative designed to build a vibrant innovation ecosystem for the Built Environment sector. In support of BuildSG, BEAMP is an initiative by Building and Construction Authority, Enterprise Singapore, JTC and the Open Innovation Platform, together with programme partner, Padang & Co. Over two iterations last year, BEAMP has created a platform for innovators and Built Environment industry players to collaborate and solve key challenges through accelerated product and market development. BEAMP returns this year to discover new solutions and expand on the Built Environment sector’s potential for disruptive innovation. If you have an innovative solution that can aid the transformation of the sector, this is an opportunity for you to receive test-bedding opportunities with industry players, be mentored by experts, and also secure a funded pilot! 
Seeking Israeli Partner(s) with Route Planning Technology for Joint R&D Project
A Singapore software company specialising in games development and restaurant management software is looking for suitable Israeli Partner(s) to collaborate for a project. They are looking to co-develop a new technology that will allow food and beverage (F&B) establishments to explore new buiness models. The technology is intended to help reduce: risks in operations costs for small and medium F&B entities wastage of food The Singapore company has a clearly defined software roadmap to solve an industry problem and create a solution to allow new digital channels for F&B establishments to tap on and leverage. Part of the proposed core technology is currently being developed. The Singapore company is on the lookout for suitable Israeli Partner(s) to submit joint R&D project proposals in the competitive Singapore Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (SIIRD) Call. Potential partners must fit the eligibility of the SIIRD call.
Seeking Built Environment Solutions for CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge
CapitaLand has launched the inaugural CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge (CXSC) to call for innovative proposals from all over the world to make buildings more climate-resilient and resource-efficient. The challenge has four themes, which are: 1)     Low Carbon Transition 2)     Water Conservation & Resilience 3)     Waste Management & Circular Economy 4)     Healthy & Safe Buildings Two winners will each stand a chance to secure up to S$50,000 in project funding, mentoring by a CapitaLand business leader and the opportunity to kickstart a viable pilot, test and implement innovations with CapitaLand.