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TECH NEEDS

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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 Biodegradable SPF-Boosting, Film-Forming Ingredients for Sunscreens
The technology seeker is an established personal care company that is looking to replace the nonbiodegradable ingredients in their sunscreen products (e.g. acrylates). Consumers and regulatory bodies are concerned about the environmental impact of sunscreens, particularly on marine ecosystems. In response to this, personal care companies are developing “reef-friendly”, non-toxic products, formulated with ingredients that are readily biodegradable and often bio-sourced. The client is looking for personal care ingredient suppliers as part of their program of new product development. They have a broad portfolio of brands and products and offer routes to market for companies developing sustainable ingredients. The client prefers a supply agreement. They may also offer their in-house R&D services and help with manufacturing scale-up and regulatory support for the ideal partner.
Seeking a Crude Oil Sludge Dewatering System with Water Treatment & Reuse
In the Chemical & Energy industry, crude oil storage tanks require periodic cleaning to remove heavy sediments and sludge accumulated at the tank bottom. This process involves the use of ultra-high-pressure water jets and vacuum suction to remove the washing sewage which largely comprises of sludge, oil, and water. The waste products are then sent via tanker trucks for disposal and incineration. As water is a significant constituent of this waste, being able to reduce the water content from the cleaning waste will be advantageous, providing a significant reduction in transportation and overall disposal costs. A Singapore-based company is seeking a system to separate water (dewater) from sludge, and further option of incorporating in-line water treatment means including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pH treatment. The treated water is to be re-directed by the system for reuse as cleaning water via ultra-high-pressure jets. Collaboration is sought with companies experienced with sludge dewatering, and capable of system integrating the water treatment and reuse functions. The preferred collaboration mode is to co-develop a POC system for evaluation, before scaling up for operations.
Seeking Sustainable and Durable Materials for Packaging Applications
Packaging materials play an important role in daily warehouse operations and the logistics industry to protect and transport vast amounts of products from different locations. Such packaging have to be designed to be sturdy, durable, withstand external loadings under various conditions and time periods as well as being reusable for economic reasons. As part of the company’s initiative to move towards green solutions, a Singapore-based packaging manufacturer is seeking sustainable composite materials as an alternative to wood for use in packaging solutions. Besides packaging, another possible use-case for the material may be for use as planks or floorboards at construction sites. The proposed composite material should be highly durable (strength and durability should be comparable to wood), cost-effective and be able to be easily manufacturable (e.g., extrusion, molding). The technology seeker is interested to collaborate with technology owners who: have access to relevant sustainable low-cost material sources as wood replacement are able to co-develop a suitable composite material from these sustainable low-cost material sources, with the desired functionalities for use in packaging applications e.g., able to withstand external loadings under various conditions are able to support the manufacturing of the material into usable products (e.g., packaging, planks)
Seeking Chemical Resistant Membrane Technology for Industrial Wastewater Treatment & Reuse
Water is a key resource used in industrial manufacturing activities which generates large amounts of toxic wastewater. These wastewaters will pose a threat to the environment if not properly treated before discharging  into the water bodies. Effluents from chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and textiles with extreme pHs and solvents are difficult to treat and there is a need to adopt novel technologies to address this challenge. Based in Singapore, the technology seeker is a medium sized enterprise operating in the environmental sector. Given the above opportunity, the technology seeker intends to partner with a technology owner to co-develop a membrane material such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) can be used for membrane processes such as membrane bioreactor (MBR), ultrafiltration (UF), nanofiltration (NF) and membrane distillation (MD). Preferably the proposed technology should be in hollow fiber form factor. The technology owner is expected to provide a suitable pH and solvent resistant membrane technology, technical expertise support, and transfer of essential know-how to the technology seeker for a pilot and eventual full-scale production in Singapore. Depending on the collaborators’ preference and further negotiations, the modes of partnership that could be considered include R&D collaboration, technology licensing and IP acquisition. The technology seeker prefers technology owners with presence and available technical professionals in Singapore to support this pilot project. Overseas-based technology owners would be considered as well in a case-by-case basis.
Monitoring and Measurement of Crop Health and Yield
Pest and disease and climate change pose a major threat to future cocoa production. Up to 40% of the annual global cocoa harvest is lost to pest and disease and climate change will exacerbate losses by exposing trees to more frequent climate extremes and new pests and diseases. These losses mean not only a loss of revenue from lower yields but wasted inputs such as irrigation, fertiliser and labour. Traditional methods of monitoring crops in terms of both health and yield rely on manual labour. In the case of cocoa, in-season monitoring of yield is based on regular, manual counting of pods at different stages of maturity. Similarly, field scouting is used to monitor pests and disease. These methods are not only costly but also prone to human error. Crop health monitoring and pod counting solutions that enable continuous, real-time, in-season tracking could allow for more accurate monitoring and measurement with fewer labour resources.  Digital collection of data would also enable long-term records to be developed to better understand yield challenges to cocoa in a changing climate.     
Simple, Consumer Friendly Ingredients
As well as creating new well-being snacks, we also focus on improving the nutrition and ingredients of the global brands and local jewels already in our broad portfolio. In essence, this is about reducing or removing what people don’t want and adding more of what they do. Snacking has always had a role in people’s lives, but that role is expanding and evolving as they become busier than ever (at home or on the go), as the definition of snacking continues to expand, and as people become more conscious of the overall well-being of self and planet. Moreover, people increasingly want to feel good about the snacks they eat – knowing that they not only taste delicious but also mindful of the implications to mind, body, and planet. We want to help consumers easily enjoy the right snacks throughout their day and inspire them to snack mindfully so they can savor and feel good about each and every snack. As a part of this effort, we are always looking for ingredient solutions that consumers expect, understand and are familiar with; that are authentic, natural and minimally processed; and are free from additives or preservatives.
Seeking Sustainable Methods for Reducing Usage and Environmental Impact of Agrochemicals
Good agricultural practices form part of the armoury against pests and diseases which reduce yield losses by promoting healthy crop growth and improved tolerance of stress including attack from pest and diseases. For example, optimising the soil microbiome has been shown to increase the nitrogen fixing capability of microbes found in the root system of some crop species. There are also other natural approaches currently available that can successfully control diseases and pests. For example, endophytic Trichoderma martiale strain ALF 247 is used to control black-pod rot in cocoa, although in many cases further development is required to provide economically viable methods for biocontrol at scale. Another example of a natural approach that has been successfully brought to market is the production of peanuts with a reduced level of aflatoxin through the application of a competitive strain of A. flavus. This strain is not capable of making the aflatoxin and out-competes the toxin-producing strains naturally present, thereby lowering levels to 3% of what it would otherwise be in shelled, edible-grade peanuts. In many cases, it is thought that this natural pesticide has sufficient efficacy but with the added advantage of much lower levels of detrimental side effects compared to the standard synthetic chemicals. Chemical fertilisers, particularly nitrogen, are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions both in the production phase and on-farm. To sustainably increase yield, there is a need to improve efficiencies of nutrient use, reduce losses and ideally identify low carbon nutrient sources. The company is seeking sustainable methods that can reduce the amount of agrochemicals being used, and/or its environmental impact.
Plant Based Ingredients With Broad Applicability
The company is looking for clean label, plant-based ingredients with authentic credentials on taste, texture and appearance (for example - fruit and vegetables, grains and seeds legumes, beans, roots, super fruits). They believed that plant-based ingredient has huge opportunities to be unlocked from nature’s pure, goodness that can give pleasureable taste and maximum health value.  We are interested in Ingredients that are plant-based or plant-derived, or sustainable and/ or are upcycled & have a positive impact on the environment Technologies that help preserve the wholesome, natural benefits of these ingredients
Positive Nutrition And Functional Ingredients
The company offers a broad range of delicious, high-quality snacks – from indulgent bites to wholesome bars. This is to ensure their variety offered keeps satisfying the diverse needs of millions of consumers around the world. In recent years, more emphasis has been placed on well-being, which involves a broader, more holistic approach on one's emotional and functional needs. Therefore the need need for continuous innovation, renovation and extension of their range of snacks to satisfy consumers’ current and changing well-being needs. They are keen to explore new ingredient technologies across different wellbeing dimensions that can contribute to the overall physical and mental health of their consumers. Ingredients that can support fortification, functionality or positive nutritional benefits are of interest.