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Non-Foil High Barrier Food Packaging Materials for Human Centered Spacecrafts

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
2531 W 237TH ST, STE 127 TORRANCE, CA 90505-5245
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Non-Foil High Barrier Food Packaging Materials for Human Centered Spacecrafts
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CE40P
Award Amount: $99,999.00


This project aims to develop food packaging technologies for extending shelf-live toward maintaining healthy diet and psychological well being of the space crew. The underlying technology builds on sol-gel core competency of the company. InnoSense LLC (ISL) will collaborate with the Food Technology Department at Ohio State University (OSU) for independent testing of the Flexible ORMOSIL Nanocomposite (FlexornTM) barrier materials. Through an iterative process of coating and testing, the Phase I project would demonstrate: (a) that the Flexorn barrier can be deposited onto polymeric substrates and can be adhesively bonded to a polypropylene layer for food packaging applications; (b) achievement of water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) < than 1 g/m2-day and oxygen transmission rate (OTR) < than 1 cc/m2-day for the flexible thin-film barrier. The focus of Phase II will be optimization of the barrier architecture, and the evaluation of prototype flexible pouches for their mechanical and barrier properties after retorting, a process typically used to package reheatable foods in flexible packaging applications. Prominent members of the Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS) at OSU (e.g., Kraft Foods) have expressed strong interest in applying this NASA-funded technology to expand their market shares.

Principal Investigator:

Uma Sampathkumaran
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Kisholoy Goswami
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127 Torrance, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 364501803
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No