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Products/technologies for alleviating menopause symptoms

Country of Origin: Belgium
Reference Number: TRBE20170719001
Publication Date: 3 August 2017

Summary

A Belgian multinational active in consumer goods looks for products or technologies shown to address the symptoms of menopause without a prescription. Solutions must enable unique benefits/claims or superior performance compared to available solutions in the menopause space.  Academia and industrial partners are sought for licence agreement or technical agreement with the large account.

Description

A Belgian multinational based in Brussels and active in consumer goods wishes to improve its customers’ experience by identifying and possibly including in its current portfolio of products / technologies some solutions able to alleviate menopause symptoms.

With such an aim, this company is looking for products or technologies that have the following benefit areas of interest:

- Solutions for key symptoms of menopause/female aging and/or combinations thereof:

o hot flashes/night sweats
o energy
o sleep loss
o brain fog
o mood swings

Product forms may include:

• Supplements, medical foods, nutraceuticals, OTC (over the counter) drugs (allopathic or homeopathic), medical devices or other regulatory classification that does not require a prescription.

• Open to a variety of product forms (ingestible – tablets, drinks/liquids, gummies, topical, other)

The company is looking for collaboration with industrial partners or research centres able to provide the required products,

The purpose would be setting up a long lasting cooperation allowing the large account to comply with its internal strategy and for the potential partner to interact in a systematic way with the large account so as to have immediate access to forthcoming similar requests.

Actually, for the technical cooperation, this large account intends to work together with potential partners having the suitable technical solution coupled to the related expertise and knowledge in line with the technical specifications listed for the purposes of this technology request..

As for the licence agreement, should an already developed solution exist and be fully compliant with the technical requirements listed, the large account would envisage discussions on the terms of the licence use.

Expertise sought

Acceptable solutions must have the following (include to extent possible): 

• Provide a meaningful/measurable indication of efficacy
• For nutraceuticals or supplements, should have a point of distinction established vs. GRAS/E (Generally Recognized As Safe ) supplements (e.g. proven efficacy advantage, new ingredient, novel form or delivery approach, new claims, etc.)
• Human safety has been confirmed.
• Have early consumer or clinical studies
• Have an identified path to FDA (Food Drug Administration) approval, or FDA approval under the appropriate class with primary data in hand to support the proposed regulatory path.
• Have IP protection (granted or filed patent applications are preferred, ideally with global reach)

Preference for products/technologies that (preferred, not required):
• Non-estrogenic – technologies that don’t activate estrogen receptors (i.e. not estrogen mimics).
• Naturally based technologies with scientific evidence – e.g. sourced from botanicals, food sources, traditional medicine, etc.
• Non-GMO (non-genetically modified organisms ) approaches to increase function/activity of biologicals (e.g. probiotics, botanicals)
• Novel ingredient delivery approaches


The company is NOT not interested in:

• Technologies/products that require application or diagnosis by a medical professional
• Technologies/products which require a prescription
• Technologies or products that have special handling requirements (e.g. refrigeration, must be kept frozen, limited ambient shelf stability of less than 1 year, etc.)
• Technologies without established human clinical efficacy.
• Technologies/products not covered by Intellectual property
• Technologies/products that requires extensive safety clearance or regulatory approval

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Requested partner

Type of Partner sought: SMEs, industry or academia

Area of expertise : menopause/female aging

Role of Partner Sought: depending on the product/ingredient/solution state-of-the-art, collaborate with the large account for technical collaboration or provide the technical solution sought under licence agreeement

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