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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 Technologies and Expertise to Upcycle Spent Grains into Food Packaging
This company is seeking a process technology to upcycle spent malt grains into sustainable food grade packaging materials and products. These packaging materials can be modified based on the needs of end customers. Spent malt grains from beer brewery are rich in minerals, fibres and protein and are usually handled to farmers to be as nutritious animal feed. The company is thus seeking for new and innovative technologies to move this functional byproduct up the value chain to upcycle them into food packaging materials and products. 
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 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 Expertise in the Design and Formulation & Validation of Nutraceutical Formulations
Consumers are already familiar with the use of active compounds such as caffeine in beverages, but there is now an increasing number of food, beverage and confectionary formats used to deliver a variety of active ingredients / extracts for the consumer lifestyle and consumer wellbeing markets. However, the dosage and subsequent delivery formats are not always formulated or optimised with scientific evidence to underpin them, and so risk compromising the product’s efficacy and safety.The seeker is an established FMCG company developing a range of nutraceutical products containing functional ingredients used to provide a desired product effect (e.g. cognitive or to mood). They have extensive research and development capabilities, with robust laboratory and quality control processes ensuring it can develop and commercialise an ongoing pipeline of products for its customer base. The company wants to ensure their formulations are developed with full understanding of the efficacy of active ingredients and their interaction with each other, to allow the consumer to make an informed decision in their choice of product. Thus, they are seeking experienced scientific partners to support their product development teams, and this provides an excellent business opportunity for an ongoing partnership with an established manufacturer.