Seeking Technologies to Remove Pollen from Flowers for Hand Bouquets

Background / Description

A Singapore company is seeking technologies to remove pollen from fresh flowers to be arranged into hand bouquets, prior to consumer purchase. This would allow consumers with pollen allergies to receive flowers, also not to trigger allergic reactions from people around these consumers.

Pollen allergies, also commonly known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, is a common problem that leads to cold-like signs and symptoms. People with existing allergies or conditions, such as asthma, eczema, sinusitis, etc., could face increased risks of getting pollen allergy when exposed to pollen.

While it is understood that most pollen allergies are associated with anemophilous (plants that rely on wind rather than animals or insects for reproduction) plants, the company would like to ensure that pollen from all plants (both flowers and fillers) can be completely removed over a short period of time, prior to being arranged into a hand bouquet.

The company is willing to start testing this technology with a few varieties of flowers, before expanding the test to more varieties upon success of the initial run. Technology owners should be open to work closely with the company to test the solution and further develop the technology to meet their requirements.

Technical Specifications

The company is seeking the efficient removal of pollens from variety of plants, specifically flowers and filler flowers with high level of confidence to ensure that no pollens can be released and trigger allergic reactions in people that purchase or carry these bouquets, and should also not affect the people around them in confined environments.

The basic requirements for this technology are as follows:

  • Able to treat flowers and plants to completely remove their respective pollens
  • Solution should provide a means to detect the presence of pollens before and after removal - accredited by an independent standard body
  • Should not leave remnant pollens on any part of the flower or plant post-treatment
  • Maintain the look, feel, shape and smell of the flower or plant post-treatment
  • Applicable/suitable for a variety of flowers and plants commonly used in hand bouquets
    • Some examples of flowers include (but are not limited to), carnation, daffodil, daisy, lily, rose, sunflower, tulip, violet, etc.
    • Some examples of filler flowers/plants include (but are not limited to), baby’s breath, delphinium, dianthus, feverfew, gyp, honey bracelet, lavender, leather fern, myrtle, salvia, statice, tree fern, etc.
  • Pollen removal process for flowers and plants required to prepare a full bouquet should take at most 30mins
  • Intuitive and easy to use, i.e. does not require strong technical knowledge or in-depth training, allowing the solution to be operated by a non-technical person
  • Have a small form factor
  • Cost-effective

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Licensing
  • IP Acquisition
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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