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Germany based company seeking multifunctional ingredients with antimicrobial properties for personal care applications

Country of origin:
Country: 
GERMANY
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TRDE20190715001
Published
15/07/2019
Last update
22/07/2019
Expiration date
22/07/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Soaps, detergents
Special chemicals, intermediates
Care, Hygiene, Beauty
Microbiology
Biobased high-performance materials
Microbiology
Health and beauty aids
Speciality/performance materials: producers and fabricators
Commodity chemicals and polymers
Speciality/performance chemicals
Manufacture of other chemical products n.e.c.
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Summary

Summary: 
A German chemical company is seeking multifunctional personal care ingredients which apart from delivering its primary function also assists in the preservation of a cosmetic formulation. The company is open to partners worldwide and partnership in the frame of a research cooperation, technical cooperation, commercial Agreement with technical assistance, licensing or joint venture, however the ingredient should be at least validated in relevant environment.

Description

Description: 

A German multinational enterprise from the chemistry sector is looking to improve existing personal care products and to develop new ones.

Preservatives are added to personal care product to control microbial spoilage, extend product shelf life and prevent infection in humans. Microbiological control is critical in the beauty industry because microbial spoilage will cause product degradation, leading to potential human health hazard. In recent years, due to growing human health concerns with traditional preservatives like paraben and isothiazolinones (MIT/CMIT), consumers are drawn toward ‘preservative-free’ or ‘self-preserving’ personal care formulations. The solution thus should preferably be biodegradable and derived from renewable/natural resources to comply with the increasing trend for sustainable solutions.

Here, the company is seeking multifunctional personal care ingredients which apart from delivering its primary property also exhibits a certain level of antimicrobial activity. The ideal ingredients can be emollients, surfactants, rheology modifiers, solubilizer or bioactive compounds/extracts that can also control microbial spoilage for skin and haircare applications.

The enterprise has experience with cooperation partners worldwide and is thus open to suggestions from any country. Cooperation with partners would be in the frame of a research cooperation, technical cooperation, commercial agreement with technical assistance, licensing or joint venture, depending on development level and existing production capacity.

While a research cooperation would advance the target product from e.g. TRL 5 to market readiness and a technical cooperation would support the technical scale-up capabilities of the partner, a commercial agreement with technical assistance would enable the German company to set up the technology, licensing would allow the company to set up the process on its own, and a joint venture might be a mutually beneficial option, if industrial scale production requires large invests. The company´s aim is industrial scale production for its own products, thus purely academic approaches are excluded and samples of minimum 50g for performance testing should not be a problem.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
Molecules/compounds/material that show a certain level of broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against gram positive and gram negative bacteria, yeast and mold. Ideally the ingredient can be described by an existing INCI and already has an additional primary function in a cosmetic formulation e.g. Viscosity modification, Emollient, Chelating agent, Emulsifier, etc. The technology should be at least validated in relevant environment (TRL 5 and above), preferably biodegradable and derived from renewable/natural resources to comply with the increasing trend for sustainable solutions. The proposed solution should also meet the following criteria: • stable at broad pH range 5-8, preferably 2-11 • non-toxic to humans and environment • shelf life of 2 years • samples of minimum 50g are requested for performance testing.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Field tested/evaluated

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is open to partnerships worldwide in the frame of a research cooperation, technical cooperation, commercial agreement with technical assistance, licensing or joint venture.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500