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Non-dyed, structurally colored fibers: MORPHOTEX(r)
The world's first non-dyed nanotechnology based structurally colored chromogenic fibers "MORPHOTEX(r)" uses the color principle of a Morpho butterfly. This technology marks a significant advance in the history of dyeing based on the use of natural and artificial dyes. MORPHOTEX(r) is an unstained, structurally colored fiber. This technology is based on the biomimetic conception for the microscopic structure of Morpho butterfly's wings. Thin films of 70 nm thickness consisting either of polyester or nylon are laminated in 61 layers alternatively, and four types of basic colors such as red, green, blue, and violet are allowed to be developed by precisely controlling the layer thickness according to visible wavelength. No dyes or pigments are used. Rather, color is created based on the varying thickness and structure of fibers. Energy consumption and industrial waste are reduced because no dye process needs to be used. Morphotex has wide applications, e. g. filament, short-cut fiber, and powdery materials (e.g. MORPHOTONE(r)).

Premenstrual syndrom escape: PMS Escape
PMS ESCAPE is a clinically tested, dietary supplement for women with normal premenstrual syndrome-related disturbances in mood and appetite. PMS Escape is a powdered drink mix that contains the precise amounts of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that work naturally with the body to raise serotonin levels in the brain for an extended period of four to five hours. Unlike prescription drugs, PMS Escape is: Natural, Fast Acting & Free of Side Effects PMS Escape is a nutritional supplement that contains a patented combination of simple and complex carbohydrates to help women with normal PMS-related disturbances in mood and appetite. PMS Escape works naturally with the body to raise brain serotonin levels, which scientists believe decrease during PMS. PMS Escape is a safe and clinically proven effective way of managing PMS disturbances. In double-blind clinical study published in leading gynecological journals women with PMS who drank PMS Escape showed a greater degree of improvement in mood, especially anger and irritability, than participants who were administered a placebo. PMS is one of the most common women's health problems worldwide.

Teflon(r) paraffin low-friction wax for all snow conditions
This technology fulfills the long-standing need for a snow slider wax that performs well under a wide range of skiing snow conditions, is cost-effective, can be easily manufactured, and has flexibility of application. This remarkable wax, a mixture of paraffin and tiny Teflon(r) particles, has a dynamic friction coefficient one-half that of common waxes used today. It is extremely useful for cross-country sliding (skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling) where snow conditions vary over the journey. This wax can replace the myriad of high performance waxes that are efficient only in limited snow condition ranges and can be delivered as paste or wax.

Novel second-generation blockbuster drug-targets slash discovery timeframes and costs
Our 100% accurate in silico (computer-aided) designs for novel next-generation druggable targets use cutting-edge algorithms to deliver the shortest discovery timeframes with commensurate cost savings. A-Cube, Inc. has already developed numerous novel monoclonal antibody (MAb) designs exhibiting enhanced delivery pathways and the potential for second-generation blockbuster drugs with improved properties over the innovator drugs. Custom algorithm predictions derive from any "Protein Data Bank" (PDB) 3-dimensional target. Our extensive database includes 3-D structures and novel antigen binding sites for ~20,000 human proteins and ~5,000 pathogens. We offer free "proof of concept" against a known target.

Semiotic-based natural-language search engine technology infers context and user intent from search activities
Our search-engine software uses semiotic-based natural language processing to mine the conceptual relationships within and between data sources. It delivers enhanced targeting of customers for product recommendations or advertising. User experience is greatly enhanced because this software infers relevant and contextually-meaningful thematic search results while reducing reliance on popularity-based ranking alone. The result is more control over the scope of search processes and instant and continuing determination, use, and categorizing of concepts and themes for the content a user is viewing. The search is language-agnostic once the semiotic extraction has taken place; it requires 1-2 man-months to port the extraction to a language other than English. Several language demos already have been prepared. Search, e-commerce, and enterprise content managers using VirtualSynaptics technology will realize increasingly effective business-relevant results.

Automatic management of the health of an electrical storage device
Developed at John Deere, this technology is a system and method for maintaining the health of an electrical storage device. It measures revolutions per unit time of an engine shaft of an internal combustion engine, such as those in hybrid vehicles. A status signal is provided indicating whether the engine shaft is disengaged or engaged with a remainder of a drive train to propel a vehicle. A controller determines minimum revolutions per unit time necessary to provide at least a threshold minimum percentage of full operational output power of an alternator. The controller sends a control signal to control the revolutions per unit time of the engine shaft to be equal to or greater than the determined minimum revolutions per unit time if the status signal is indicative of disengagement. A throttle actuator associated with providing fuel to the internal combustion engine is responsive to the control signal.

Seeking: Ceramic slurry coating/impregnation technology
We have an urgent requirement for a ceramic slurry coating / impregnation technology, used to produce ceramic filtration media from a reticulated polymer foam substrate. The ceramic coating compositions currently used are considered satisfactory to meet the very rigorous and demanding conditions the filters have to endure. However, the application methods are not. Therefore, we are seeking novel technology to increase the consistency / precision of the applied ceramic coating and the overall performance of the filter. Currently reticulated polymer foam filters, with ppi (pores per linear inch) ranging from 20 - 6 ppi, are coated with a ceramic slurry by first impregnating via submerged rollers, then spraying a more diluted version of the same slurry composition. When considering a coarse foam a strand thickness of 1-3mm is deposited during the impregnation process, and less than 1mm is added during the spray process. The application methods currently used result in a product where the coating is not sufficiently even and homogeneous throughout the filter, leading to possible inconsistent performance.

Seeking: Process to recover strong acids from sugar and acid mixture
This organization needs a way to remove a remaining strong acid (sulfuric or hydrochloric) from a fermentable sugar feedstock obtained by cellulosic biomass pretreatment with strong acid. Biomass research focuses on lignocellulosic renewable resources such as agricultural and wood wastes. Fermentable sugars can be produced directly or derived from polysaccharides by chemical and physical treatment processes. Strong acids can be applied for biomass hydrolysis process, and followed by enzyme treatment. The sulfuric acid process is a two-step process. First, the biomass is hydrolyzed by adding 70% of sulfuric acid at low temperature. It is then diluted to 10-20% of sulfuric acid and reacted at high temperature. After reaction, those mixtures should be separated and recovered for using fermentable sugar and acid catalysts. Especially, the strong acid should be recovered and reused.

Seeking: Rheology modifiers for low-cost structured surfactant body wash
Chronic skin benefit delivery is achieved through deposition of hydrophobic benefit agents from rinse-off body wash. One of the best approaches for stabilization and enhanced skin benefit delivery is through the design of structured surfactant chemistry (i.e., surfactant mixtures forming multi-lamellar vesicles). Structured surfactant has unique advantages due to the fact that it is self-structuring and maintains excellent lather profile in the presence of hydrophobic benefit agents. One of the key challenges is that high surfactant level (20% or higher) is usually required to reach the desirable phase chemistry/rheology targets. The objective is to develop low-cost structured surfactant chemistry that delivers chronic skin benefit at low surfactant level (10% or lower) through synergistic design with associative polymers as rheology modifiers. Collaboration partners will need to provide samples and general chemical/ structural information for testing and evaluation. This can be existing commercial materials and/or developmental ones in the forms of raw materials.

Seeking: Pesticides with new modes of action
This organization is looking for herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides with new mode of action. These materials may be natural, biological or synthetic but must have low toxicity and low environmental impact. Your proof-of-principle, effectiveness, and toxicity data will play a large part in the acceptability of your proposed solution. Over the past century, virtually every herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide currently available has engendered resistance in the pest species treated. This organization is looking for new active ingredients, supported by sufficient data, and which exhibit new modes of action to overcome such resistance. Solutions to all pest varieties are of interest. Possible approaches may include a mode of action that delivers a pesticide precisely to the most effective spot on a plant to eliminate the pest plant, to halt the fungus affecting a crop plant, or to destroy a pest insect. It may involve a mode of action discovered in antibiotic research, a material made by plants to protect themselves from insects or disease or a material developed for a totally different purpose that shows unexpected activity. Other possible approaches include using proteins or peptides to activate a plant's own defensive mechanisms, or to disrupt some internal mechanism of a weed, fungus, or insect. At all events, your proposed solution should offer a new mode of action.

Seeking: Rapid hair-swelling agents at low pH
We need to deliver actives into the hair, and hope to find access to the purchase and/or sampling of a broad and diverse library of hair-swelling agents that rapidly swell the hair at low pH (<11) to enable penetration of other actives. Constraints would include: - Hair swelling agents are prevalent in the literature. We seek agents that are currently available (ie do not require synthesis) and have supporting safety data that would allow progression to human testing. - Ideally, the hair-swelling agent should be water-soluble and have stability towards a range of chemistries and pHs (including high pH systems). - Ideally, the hair-swelling agents should be either used or related to agents already found in cosmetic products.

Seeking: New methods to sterilize food products such as soups, broths, vegetable sauces, and ready meals
Traditionally, heat treatments are used to sterilize food products, through either ultra-high-temperature processing or retorting. These treatments negatively affect the color, taste, and nutritional content of the food products -- especially for "non-cooked" products such as gazpacho, cheese-based or light-colored sauces, and vegetable-based products. We are seeking new, state-of the-art, non-thermal sterilization methods/technologies which will improve the nutritional and sensorial profile of our food products.

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