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Halo Science is a technology platform and network where scientific innovators connect directly with companies for research collaborations and funding opportunities.

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Deadline: March 31, 2024.

Kraft Heinz is seeking natural ingredient technologies to achieve at least 30%, but preferably over 50%, sodium reduction within complex food systems of various moisture, pH, and salt levels. A prospective ingredient technology may, on its own, be salty or may enhance the saltiness of the food system in which it is incorporated. Food systems of interest include, but are not limited to, sauces & condiments, processed meat products, and processed cheese/cheese food. Interested partnership models include sponsored research, co-development, supply/purchase, and licensing. 

Cargill is seeking to better understand alternative hydrogenation methods that can convert unsaturated fatty acids (in triglyceride form) into saturated fatty acids (natural / non-hazardous). Natural or enzymatic hydrogenation are potential approaches but other ideas or technology areas are welcomed too. Interested partnership models include sponsored research, co-development, licensing, acquisition, material transfer, equity investment and supply/purchase. 

RHI Magnesita is looking for technologies that will remove alkalis in recycling raw materials for the refractory industry. Solutions of interest include, but are not limited to: washing, leaching, and thermal treatment. Interested partnership models include sponsored research, co-development, licensing, acquisition, and supply/purchase. 

Daiichi-Sankyo is looking to develop novel chemical derivatives designed to exhibit high levels of TME penetration and selective internalization into pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells. They are seeking novel chemical derivatives (small molecules or peptides) that can be internalized into a wide range of PDAC cells selectively via unique mechanism of action. They are also interested in screening systems to identify desired chemical products. Interested partnership models include sponsored research, co-development, material transfer, and licensing. 

Daiichi Sankyo is looking for bifunctional small molecules that can inhibit target protein function through protein-protein interactions (PPI). They are also looking for a methodology for rationally designing such bifunctional compounds based on protein structural information. The target interaction can be intracellular or extracellular. Interested partnership models include sponsored research, co-development, licensing, material transfer, and equity investment. 

Novelis is looking for a method to measure the change in force, specifically in the lower tooling, during the forming process with enough accuracy to allow for the correlation of the data to the process and material parameters. Interested partnership models include sponsored research, co-development, supply/purchase, and licensing. 

Our private sponsor is looking for technologies and formulations that provide consumer-meaningful wetness reduction for underarms and ideally whole-body application (including feet and privates). Solutions of interest include: deodorant sprays, sticks, creams, gels, or other forms directly applied to skin; technologies that can be integrated in a deodorant product; and formulations and/or technologies that are alternatives to aluminum chloride and aluminum zirconium that provide a wetness reduction benefit. Interested partnership models include sponsored research, co-development, equity investment, acquisition, supply/purchase, licensing, and material transfer. 

Our private sponsor is seeking fermentation platforms to generate a product containing functional peptide sequences. Solutions of interest include: cell lines/organisms capable of expressing/producing different peptides; scalable fermentation process with optimized conditions for the production of peptides; peptide purification methods (ideally yielding purity of ≥ 85%); and high-throughput validation if desired peptides can be expressed using a certain host organism. Interested partnership models include sponsored research and material transfer.

Our private sponsor is looking for sustainable and environmentally friendly compounds that can be used in a topical cosmetic product or an oral supplement to help consumers reduce hair loss. They are open to solutions ranging from TRL 1-7. Interested partnership models include co-development, equity investment, acquisition, supply/purchase, licensing, and material transfer. 

Our private sponsor is looking for solutions that improve scalp comfort during oxidative hair coloring. Their major focus is changes to the coloring composition formulations. Solutions for "pre-treatment" which could be applied prior to coloring the hair are also welcomed. Interested partnership models include co-development, material transfer, licensing, and supply/purchase. 

Our private sponsor is looking for solutions to reduce the energy required to form esters from alcohols and carboxylic acids. This could include novel catalysts that can expedite the reaction or decrease the temperature required to convert primary or secondary polyols and carboxylic acids into esters. Suggestions are also welcome for alternate reagents/systems that will react with water soluble polymeric acids consisting of acrylic, methacrylic, maleic, and itaconic monomers. Interested partnership models include sponsored research and material transfer. 

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