TECH NEED

Seeking Anti-viral Technology for Food Packaging

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Chemicals - Coatings & Paints
Foods - Packaging & Storage
TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TN174362

Background/Description

Anti-viral technology for packaging would be a significant step forward in increasing consumer confidence when purchasing and handling consumer goods packages. The increasing potential for viral contamination is forcing consumers to be wary of handling products that may have been handled by store personnel or other consumers. Anti-viral packaging technology would allow consumers to confidently choose those products with the least risk of further contamination and eliminate any need for package clean-up when arriving at home. 

To offer solutions to consumers’ rising technical and emotional needs, a company is looking for technologies that can be applied to direct food contact packaging, both flexible and rigid, capable of reducing or eliminating viruses and other external pathogens on the packaging surface. 

Technology Specification

The technology should be able to meet the following key success criteria:

  • Approved for direct food contact
  • Safe for humans and animals
  • Kills viruses or other pathogens upon contact in a very short period of time (or other method of action)
  • Does not negatively impact recyclability or other sustainability factors
  • Affordable at scale 
  • Does not require development of new packaging materials or processes

Possible approaches include, but not limited to:

  • Package coating
  • Integration into packaging materials
  • Innovative new materials or processes

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)
  • IP Acquisition
  • Licensing
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