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TECHNOLOGIES: CHEMICALS AND POLYMERS    MICROENCAPSULATED ADDITIVES FOR HOME WASH

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The Opportunity
Innovacel Laboratories Bio Textiles  has developed an additive for domestic washing machines that enables the consumer to apply cosmetic and pharmaceutical agents such as moisturizers, anti-cellulite creams, UV protection, and anti-wrinkle compounds to their clothes, bedding and other fabrics. The treatments last for at least 5 washes before it is necessary to treat the garments again. In certain cases, tests have shown that treatments maintain over 85% of their effectiveness even after 20 washes. Through the use of micro-encapsulation technology, Innovacel can create fabrics that hydrate, protect and embellish the skin.
 

 
   
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Technology
Innovacel uses micro-encapsulation to package tiny parcels of a gas, liquid, or solid active ingredient into a second material to shield the active ingredient from the surrounding environment. The capsules release their contents during use, when they are in contact with the wearer. The encapsulant allows controlled diffusion of substances such as cream and drugs upon movement or contact with the skin. A simple additive to a domestic wash is all it takes to microencapsulate your clothing or bed linen. Innovacelís patented process works by encapsulating the required agent in a cationic shell that enables the microcapsules to fix themselves to any type of textile during the washing process.

 

Applications
Applications for this invention are countless. Until now, microcapsule technology was limited to industrial applications. Finishes could be applied to bedding or clothing at the factory, but would soon lose their effectiveness. Now, microencapsulated additives can be applied directly to the domestic wash in a single dose. The product was designed to adhere at domestic washer temperatures, and can even be dried and ironed in a conventional way. Because it is possible to add multiple doses to the wash, users can create their own desired combination of treatments. Blending moisturizers with UV sun protection and anti-wrinkle ingredients are all possibilities.

Intellectual Property
The invention is captured in PCT patent P2004402820 with worldwide protection.

Contact:
The Company is seeking qualified licensees to bring its innovative new technology into commercial use. For more information, contact:

Guillaume J. Raux, Technology Specialist

First Principals, Inc.

1768 East 25th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
216-391-7052 - Phone
216-881-8522 - Fax

email: gjraux@firstprincipals.com

Website: http://www.firstprincipals.com

 

 

First Principals, Inc.   1768 East 25th Street  Cleveland, Ohio 44114   216.881.8520 phone   216.881.8522 fax   Email: info@firstprincipals.com

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