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Solaire Packaging Technology

Organization:The Solaire Company, LLC, 33428, US
I.P. Brief:New patented technology with many applications. A customizable packaging and package storage process provides sanitizing, disinfecting, and sterilizing antimicrobial treatment of product inside a package. Our process combines the oxidizing effect of ozone and the antimicrobial effect of ultraviolet radiation energy, both applied to product inside a package.
Summary of I.P.:Packaged products carry microbial contamination from pre-packaging contamination hazards, such as product mishandling and cross-contamination prior to packaging. For example, packaged meats, poultry, produce, or medical instruments, can be contaminated with pathogens or other microbial contamination during handling or processing prior to being packaged. Our proprietary process treats packaged product with ozone created in the package using ultraviolet energy radiated through and into the package. The ultraviolet energy also provides antimicrobial treatment to the product in the package. This combined treatment of product in our customizable packaging and package storage process provides sanitizing, disinfecting, and sterilizing antimicrobial treatment of product inside the package. Once treated the product is protected by the package from external contamination hazards. This technology will serve many different markets seeking a simple, low cost, and environmentally friendly process to provide significant logarithmic reduction in microbial counts in packaged products. Besides the food industry, at various stages of product distribution and storage, the technology may be useful to the medical industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the government.
Patent:U.S. Patent No. 6,403,033; U.S. Patent No. 6,942,834; and U.S. Patent Publication No. 20060008400A1
Keywords:antimicrobial, contamination, cross-contamination, packaging, ozone, ultraviolet, sterilize, oxidize, storage, distribution
Primary Industry:Various industries, including food, medical, pharmaceutical, and government.
Specific Market:Various worldwide markets, including food, medical, pharmaceutical, and government.
Market Size:There are various markets for this technology. The market size varies by market. In aggregate, the overall market size for this technology will be over $500M.
State of the Art:Products are commonly treated PRIOR to being packaged, usually involving product washing or other treatment. Irradiation of packaged products requires expensive processing facilities, can change attributes of packaged products, and is not well accepted by the public. Pasteurization is well known and effective in certain applications.
Figures of Merit:In many product packaging applications, this is the only available technology to treat products in the package to prevent and control microbial contamination of packaged products.
Tech.  Obstacles:To bring to market this technology it must be embedded in one or more product packaging, storage, and distribution, applications. Each application will have its own specific use of the technology requiring customization of the packaging materials and the associated packaging and package storage processes.
Market Obstacles:This technology will solve problems that span many different markets. To take this new technology further and bring it to one or more of these markets we seek the opportunity to establish working relationships with other leading companies in these markets through technology licensing and commercial development of specific applications of the technology. These companies must have an immediate need for embedding this technology in their specific applications for their markets. We also seek alliances with sources of funding of our further research and development of this technology for deployment in many different applications for various markets.
Publications:U.S. Patent No. 6,403,033, Ozone Containing Structure For Sanitizing Application; U.S. Patent No. 6,942,834, System And Method For Ozone Containing Packaging For Sanitizing Application; and U.S. Patent Publication No. 20060008400A1, Self-Monitoring Ozone Containing Packaging System For Sanitizing Application
Research Team:Jose Gutman has 25 years of product research and development engineering experience. Jose is a patent attorney experienced in technology licensing. Ron Idol is a distinguished member of the Technical Advisory Board of the company. He has 27 years of experience in food packaging and food safety.


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