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Giving Surfaces the Slip: Call for Candidates


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Xinova seeks innovators to participate in an 8-week virtual Rapid Innovation Session

Help reduce food waste!
All yogurt-lovers know the frustration of trying to get every last drop of yogurt from its container. Viscous foods like yogurt have a habit of sticking to the inner surface of their package, resulting in as high as 15% wasted food from every container [1]. To address this, manufacturers have explored the use of “slippery” coatings that can be applied to the package’s inner surface to prevent food from sticking. However, many existing solutions face food safety concerns, regulatory concerns, or cannot be applied to all types of packaging. This is especially challenging for aseptic paperboard packages, where coatings must be applicable via extrusion.

Opportunity Details
Xinova seeks innovators to participate in an 8-week virtual Rapid Innovation Session, where you will identify anti-stick solutions that can be applied to the inner surface of aseptic, paperboard packaging for yogurt. Three (3) selected participants will work as a team, led by a facilitator, to identify novel solutions that meet the client’s technical requirements.

Participants are expected to:

  • Contribute 5 hours per week, over 8 weeks
  • Attend virtual meetings with your team, Xinova, and/or the client
  • Work with your team to generate solutions using a variety of ideation techniques
  • Present the concepts to the client

Applicants should meet the following criteria in order to apply:

  • Demonstrate sufficient experience in one or more of the topics below, through either technical or consultative work:
    • Paper-based packaging solutions and materials
    • Polymers (chemistry, application)
    • Food (chemistry, rheology)
    • Tools and process for high throughput materials deposition or processing (lamination, extrusion, etc.)
    • Viscous fluid flow
  • Available for at least 5 hours per week from June 6, 2020 to July 28, 2020
  • Comfortable working remotely (video conferencing capabilities)
  • Able to attend meetings that accommodate multiple time zones

For general questions or clarifications, please hit “post a question” on the right side. For more specific inquiries, please contact Nick Milanovich at


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