Job Vacancy: Junior Technologist

 

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Job Vacancy: Junior Technologist: Position Profile
An exciting opportunity has arisen with Aqdot for a Junior Technologist to join the group. This key role will be a fundamental part of the organisation’s growth strategy. The Junior Technologist will report into the Process & Technology Lead/Regulatory & Innovation Lead and will support and lead key manufacturing, process development or product changes and innovation

TITLE: Junior Technologist

LOCATION: Unit 2 Iconix Park, London Road, Cambridge CB22 3EG with potential travel to manufacturers located in the UK, Europe and RoW

REPORTING LINE: Regulatory & Innovation Lead or Process & Technology Lead and Head of Operations as required

ROLE: Support and Deliver Manufacturing and Process Development Changes / Support
and deliver product regulatory and Innovation changes

Reporting to the Process & Technology Lead / Regulatory & Innovation Lead, the Junior Technologist will have the following responsibilities:

• Strong technical skills in chemistry/chemical processes to operate in a lab and plant environment; hands on chemistry/laboratory knowledge to test, run, trial processes, run analytics

• Support, and or lead, product development/integration, customer delivery and product & process introduction.

• Strong working knowledge of fundamentals; Mass/Energy balance, Process KPI’s, basic processing technologies (synthesis, isolation, drying, PSD adjustment etc) and process engineering principles.

• Ability to collate, create, understand, interpret, and use process and analytical data to drive process improvement and efficiency gains – attention to detail.

• Supports manufacturing issues and technically troubleshoots to ensure continuity of supply

• Supports / leads implementation of changes into the supply chain

• As required works closely with R&D and commercial leads ensuring customer needs are met ensuring smooth introduction into the operations team

• Working directly with relevant teams to integrate new production processes or improvements with existing or new manufacturers.

• Ensure quality processes are adhered/enforced to maintain GMP for processes and supply chain

• Ensure safe working practices within lab and manufacturing environments.

PROFILE:

Experience

EXPECTED:

• Graduate / 1-2 years experience in a relevant Industrial Chemistry, Production, Process Development or Technology

• Strong academic background in industrial chemistry, process engineering or similar

• Ability to create, interpret and use datasets to develop knowledge based solutions.

• Project delivery / skills to adhere to self and project timelines and deliverables

• Ability to work across cross functional teams, bringing ideas and delivery together

• Keen attention to detail ensuring robust processing adhering to quality aspects

• Deep practical understanding of H&S

• Strong People and Leadership experience

DESIRED:

• Hands on laboratory/manufacturing/production based experience

• Experience/Knowledge of process and product development (technology transfer and scale up would be an advantage)

• Knowledge of current and new chemical process unit operations

• Knowledge/Experience of analytical techniques, e.g. HPLC.

Functional leadership

• Strong communication skills and ability to communicate effectively at all levels; verbally, in writing and in a group setting.
• Ability to work well in inter-disciplinary teams.
• Demonstrates and promotes openness; welcoming; listening to and accommodating others’ input.
• Excellent team worker.
• Strong influencing and interpersonal skills, at all levels and across all functions within and outside the organisation.
• Flexible, attention for detail.
• Result focussed, Reliable/consistent, Structured/Organized
• Pro-active, sharp/critical/challenging
• High degree of emotional intelligence.
• Seeking responsibility and accountability.

General leadership / Team

• Supports development and implementation of the broader company strategy
• Leads project and development activities
• Builds successful, technical and commercial relationships with key Aqdot partners
• Goals and delivery orientated with a strong customer focus

Likely Background & Personal Characteristics

• Alignment with the Aqdot values.
• A keen desire to grow and excel in a production or process development role and seeking an opportunity to grow the company.
• Inquisitive nature, wanting to understand and drive new product concept developments. With an understanding of the dynamic interaction between product and process requirements.
• Strong “can do” approach high energy, passion, resilience and commitment to drive growth.
• Strong interpersonal skills – the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders of all levels, in addition to external partners.
• Is of the highest integrity, honesty and courtesy.

Qualifications

• A science/engineering background qualification, e.g. HND / Masters Degree from a technical College / University.
Or
• Equivalent industrially gained, and demonstrated, experience in a lab/production/FMCG environment

TO APPLY:

Please send your CV to info@aqdot.com.

Job Vacancy: Analytical Technologist / Lead

 

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Job Vacancy: Analytical Technologist Lead: Position Profile – THIS VACANCY IS NOW CLOSED
An exciting opportunity has arisen with Aqdot for an Analytical Technologist/Lead to join the group. This key role will be a fundamental part of the organisation’s growth strategy. The Analytical Technologist will report into the Regulatory and Innovation Lead and will responsible for product quality analytical testing and product method development.

TITLE: Analytical Technologist/Lead

LOCATION: Unit 2 Iconix Park, London Road, Cambridge CB22 3EG with potential travel to manufacturers located in the UK, Europe and RoW

REPORTING LINE: Regulatory & Innovation Lead and Head of Operations as required

ROLE: Quality analytical testing and product method development

Reporting to the Regulatory and Innovation Lead, the Analytical Technologist/Lead will have the following responsibilities:

• Strong technical skills in a laboratory chemistry environment; hands on chemistry/laboratory knowledge to test, run, trial processes, run analytics

• Basic, or enhanced knowledge, of analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC, Particle size analysis, NMR etc. Keeps updated with latest techniques and updates methods and techniques as required.

• Ensures laboratory analytical equipment is maintained, calibrated and kept up to date, ensuring continuity of testing capability.

• Ability to collate, create, understand, interpret and use process and analytical data to develop robust product analytical methods and data.

• Ensure validated and qualified methods are in place and auditable

• Ensure robust data systems are in place to ensure reproducible results and audit ready

• Trains others to run methods to ensure continuity of testing

• Ensures mitigation plans exits to facilitate testing

• Supports, or leads, the quality lead in quality investigations, ensuring accurate data and new investigational data as required

• In support of the quality lead ensures all products conform to quality specification and periodic conformance checks.

• Works closely with R&D and commercial leads ensuring new products or requirements are correctly transferred, e.g. new methods, stability data

• Supports the operations function in delivering key stability data testing (internal and external) and delivery of required conditions and packaging requirements

• Ensure quality processes are adhered/enforced to maintain GMP for processes and supply chain

• Ensure safe working practices within lab and manufacturing environments.

PROFILE:

Experience

EXPECTED:

• Graduate / 1-2 years experience in a relevant Analytical / Laboratory environment
• Strong academic background in analytical / industrial chemistry, HND or similar
• Practical understanding of analytical techniques and basic method development
• Project delivery / change management skills to adhere to self and project timelines and deliverables
• Ability to work across cross functional teams, bringing ideas and delivery together
• Keen attention to detail ensuring robust processing adhering to quality aspects
• Deep practical understanding of H&S in Industrial and laboratory settings
• Strong People and Leadership management experience

DESIRED:

• Experience of analytical environment and product development (industrialisation and commercialisation would be an advantage)
• Experienced in analytical techniques, method development and validation and calibration methodologies.
• Understanding of Regulations and application to product and regional needs
• Hands on laboratory/manufacturing/production based experience – learn and can do attitude

Functional leadership
• Strong communication skills and ability to communicate effectively at all levels; verbally, in writing and in a group setting.
• Ability to work well in inter-disciplinary teams.
• Demonstrates and promotes openness; welcoming; listening to and accommodating others’ input.
• Excellent team worker.
• Strong influencing and interpersonal skills, at all levels and across all functions within and outside the organisation.
• Flexible, attention for detail.
• Result focussed, Reliable/consistent, Structured/Organized
• Pro-active, sharp/critical/challenging
• High degree of emotional intelligence.
• Seeking responsibility and accountability.

General leadership / Team
• Supports development and implementation of the broader company strategy
• Leads project and development activities
• Builds successful, technical and commercial relationships with key Aqdot partners
• Goals and delivery orientated with a strong customer focus

Likely Background & Personal Characteristics
• Alignment with the Aqdot values.
• A keen desire to grow and excel in a production or process development role and seeking an opportunity to grow the company.
• Inquisitive nature, wanting to understand and drive new product concept developments. With an understanding of the dynamic interaction between product and process requirements.
• Strong “can do” approach high energy, passion, resilience and commitment to drive growth.
• Strong interpersonal skills – the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders of all levels, in addition to external partners.
• Is of the highest integrity, honesty and courtesy.

Qualifications
• A life sciences background qualification, e.g. HND / BSc / Masters Degree from a technical College / University.
Or
• Equivalent industrially gained, and demonstrated, experience in a lab/production/FMCG environment

TO APPLY:

This vacancy is now closed.

Aqdot completes oversubscribed £11m funding round and establishes strategic partnerships with new investors Ingevity & Clariant

Aqdot, the specialist chemtech company focused on enabling Cleaner Air For Everyone, Everywhere with its AqFresh™ technology is pleased to announce the completion of an oversubscribed £11m funding round. Supported by new investors and sector specialists Ingevity and Clariant the funding will enable the acceleration of commercial and manufacturing scale up driven by increasing demand.

AqFresh™ is a revolutionary new molecule capture & release technology that eliminates odours, pollutants, allergens & viruses while also offering prolonged fragrance release. Proven in a broad range of applications including air fresheners, non-wovens, textile coatings and personal care, AqFresh™ has broad spectrum and long lasting molecular capture efficacy.

Ingevity Corporation (NYSE: NGVT) is a leading provider of value-added products made largely from renewable raw materials and in derivatizing technologies that impart desirable environmental benefits in their use. The company’s Performance Materials segment innovates high-performance activated carbon-based technologies used in the control of automotive gasoline vapor emissions and its Performance Chemicals segment, which includes specialty chemicals and engineered polymers, delivers customer-focused solutions that solve difficult challenges for a variety of demanding applications.

Swiss-based multinational Clariant (SIX: CLN) is a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company. As one of the world’s leading global specialty chemical companies, Clariant supplies performance chemicals to a wide range of industries, notably personal care, fabric care and home care including air care.

Tim Wright, Chief Executive of Aqdot, said: “This is a great time to welcome investment from such prestigious sector leaders as Ingevity and Clariant as we scale and support further product launches. The combination of our revolutionary AqFresh technology with their world class scientific and go to market capabilities in focused fields will create value for customers through meaningful innovation, international market access and volume manufacture. It is an exciting time both for our existing team and the new roles that it will create.”

Ingevity & Clariant join IP Group, Parkwalk Advisers, Cambridge Enterprise, Providence, Business Growth Fund (BGF), OP6 Innovation, as investors in the Company.

ENDS

CONTACT: info@aqdot.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Aqdot: Cleaner Air For Everyone, Everywhere

Headquartered in Cambridge, England, Aqdot® is a supramolecular chemtech company with a focus on improving air quality through licensing and selling its AqFresh™ platform technology. AqFresh™ is a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. Effective dry or when formulated in liquids and coatings, this powerful chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries.

AqFresh™ has no hazard warning for human health or the environment and has achieved a Platinum Material Health Certificate (MHC) from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. AqFresh™ is a trademark of Aqdot Limited. For more information visit www.aqdot.com

About Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance

Ingevity provides products and technologies that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Through a team of talented and experienced people, we develop, manufacture and bring to market solutions that help customers solve complex problems and make the world more sustainable. We operate in two reporting segments: Performance Chemicals, which includes specialty chemicals and engineered polymers, and Performance Materials, which includes high-performance activated carbon. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks, coatings, elastomers, bioplastics and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,850 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:NGVT). For more information visit www.ingevity.com.

About Clariant:

Clariant is a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company based in Muttenz, near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2020, the company employed a total workforce of 13 235. In the financial year 2020, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 3.860 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation and R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability. For more information visit www.clariant.com

 

 

AqFresh™ Hair Dye Odour Removal Webinar

Listen to our AqFresh™ Hair Dye Odour Removal Webinar presented by Sabrina Darly, Technologist in the R&D team at Aqdot. The webinar is focused on the application of AqFresh™ into hair dye formulations to reduce the ammonia odour during use. It covers a brief review of firstly, the structure of hair, secondly, the different types of hair dyes, thirdly, how a permanent hair dye works, and finally, the odour removal efficacy results from testing AqFresh™ in hair dye formulations.

 

 

For a free copy of the report, and to find out more about AqFresh™ odour elimination technology, please get in touch by completing the “CONTACT US” form below.

 

Webinar Contents:

  1. The structure of hair
  2. The different types of hair dyes
  3. How a permanent hair dye works
  4. The odour removal efficacy results from testing AqFresh™ in hair dye formulations

AqFresh™ – A revolutionary molecular capture technology with malodour elimination, and smart fragrance release benefits

AqFresh™ Pure is the next generation of host-guest chemistry delivering unrivalled malodour elimination, prolonged ‘smart fragrance’ capabilities, as well as pollutant (volatile organic compounds) and anti-allergen benefits. With no environmental or human health warnings, AqFresh™ Pure is already in-market in a deodorant brand, for instance, and can add value in formulations in most Personal Care product categories.

The patented AqFresh™ Pure technology was developed at Aqdot® in Cambridge UK by a team of scientists and innovators. This unique technology is made of pumpkin-like shaped molecules, cucurbiturils, named after Cucurbita, the Latin word for pumpkin. AqFresh™ Pure is the next generation of cosmetic chemistry, able to act as molecular capture and release technology leading to consumer noticeable benefits. AqFresh™ Pure contains a mixture of cucurbit[n]urils (n =6, 7, 8) and each homologue has affinity for a variety of molecules. Thus, AqFresh™ has exceptional capability to bind a wide spectrum of molecules with different sizes and functional groups.

AqFresh™ Pure is chemically and thermally stable. The AqFresh™ Pure complexation mechanism is highly application versatile. Consequently, it works in powder and liquid form and is effective at highly diluted concentrations. This combination of attributes enables it to work as a revolutionary 5-IN-1 technology, capable of delivering the following benefits: 1) odour elimination, 2) anti-pollution, 3) smart fragrance delivery, 4) antiallergen and 5) antiviral.

Focus on Odour Removal:

AqFresh™ Pure has shown excellent odour removal in a wide range of pH formulations. Therefore it has no need for any masking fragrance. It has proven to be effective against human, food, bathroom, pet and other household smells. AqFresh™ Pure is compatible with most ingredients found in personal care products including surfactants, emulsifiers, enzymes, polymers and fragrances. Moreover, it delivers instant odour counteraction and long-lasting effects. AqFresh™ Pure has been effectively formulated in deodorant products to remove body odours. Also, AqFresh™ Pure has been incorporated into permanent hair dyes formulations to significantly reduce the “ammonia-like” odour during use.

 

New PVC with AqFresh™ VOC capture technology scores well below the 3.0 threshold on the 0-6 scale of the VDA-270 standard for automotive interiors
– free VDA odour test report & white paper

AqFresh™ has been proven to capture VOC emissions, as well as odours, from PVC and PU coated textiles. A new PVC with AqFresh™ VOC capture technology consistently scores below the accepted 3.0 threshold level on the 1-6 scale to meet the VDA-270 standard in the automotive interiors industry.

AqFresh™ powder was incorporated into either the PVC or the coating formulation and the trained panel rated the Volatile Organic Compound odour emissions from the jar containing the material.

 

For your free VDA white paper or test report of AqFresh added to your textile*, please complete the form below adding “VDA REPORT” or “VDA WHITE PAPER” to the message.

(Offer limited to the first 4 textile/coating manufacturers with £100M+ turnover.)

All enquirers will receive our free Automotive Interior PVC with low-VOC White Paper, examining the VDA-270 test evaluations carried out on a PVC coated textile incorporating AqFresh™ in the fabric or the coating.

(Unlimited offer)

 

Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ)

Today’s key automotive interiors trend is an increasing focus on removing in-car air pollution in the form of VOC emissions from textile & polymer materials.

79% of consumers experience malodours in their car, according to an Aqdot survey of over 500 global consumers in US, UK, FR, IT, CN. Common bad smells in cars include petrol/diesel, body odour and stale air in AC/car vents, but also plastic/leather ‘new car smells’.

86% say that malodour negatively affects their mood, and since the Covid-19 pandemic, 69% are now more concerned than ever about indoor air quality.

 

VIAQ legislation

Malodorous VOCs affecting VIAQ is not just an issue of customer satisfaction, but increasingly many countries are introducing guidelines or legislation.

China has introduced legislation on the level of VOCs permitted: “Limit of harmful substances of vehicle coatings – GB 24409-2020”

 

VDA-270 Test

Aqdot run their VDA odour test using trained assessors selected according to ISO 8586 for their ability to discriminate and describe malodour. The assessors are trained & assessed quarterly using validated polymeric standards provided by a qualified supplier.

The panel follows the VDA 270 and ISO 4121 tests to evaluate the impact of our odour eliminating technology. The panellists evaluate the odour intensity using the scale from 0 to 6 (not detectable to extremely strong odour). They also evaluate the hedonic tone from -4 extremely unpleasant to +4 extremely pleasant.

 

AqFresh™ IAQ molecule capture technology

AqFresh™ has been proven to capture the 8 key VOCs found in automotive interiors. These are acetaldehyde, acrolein, benzene, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, styrene, toluene and xylene.

This 2D-3D video explains its unique chemistry, results and applications:

 

AqFresh™ 3D video – automotive interiors: anti-odour & anti-pollutant technology.

AqFresh™ has been proven to capture VOC emissions, as well as odours, from PVC and PU coated textiles. This enables them to consistently score below the accepted 3.0 threshold level on the 1-6 scale to meet the VDA-270 standard in the automotive interiors industry.

AqFresh™ powder was incorporated into either the PVC or the coating formulation and the trained panel rated the Volatile Organic Compound odour emissions from the jar containing the material.

For a free VDA odour test report of your textile incorporating AqFresh™, please complete the contact us form below adding “VDA REPORT” in the message.

(Offer limited to the first 4 textile/coating manufacturers with £100M+ turnover.)

All enquirers will receive our free Automotive Interior PVC with low-VOC White Paper, examining the VDA-270 test evaluations carried out on a PVC coated textile incorporating AqFresh™ in the fabric or the coating.

(Unlimited offer)

 

 

AqFresh™ 3D video – automotive interiors – our molecule capture and release technology – improving indoor air quality.

 

Bad smells are usually caused by Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs), found in everyday products like textiles & plastics in new cars. Many VOCs are common indoor air pollutants that are toxic to humans and pets.

AqFresh™ is a revolutionary new 5-in-1 molecular capture and release technology removing odours, pollutants, allergens & viruses whilst delivering prolonged fragrance release.

Our patented technology utilises Cucurbiturils. Cucurbiturils have a symmetrical structure with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals, enabling them to tightly bind a wide spectrum of molecules with different sizes and functional groups.

AqFresh™ has been proven effective in a huge range of indoor air quality applications. When tested on textiles used in car interiors, it has been proven to capture and significantly reduce odour and other VOC emissions enabling high-VOC materials such as PVC and PU and other commercially available coatings to meet the industry standard VDA-270 C3 test.

It has proven efficacy against a broad spectrum of malodours, including faeces malodour reduced by 72% compared to a leading competitor technology’s 6%. With applications in all indoor spaces, AqFresh™ has been proven to reduce air pollutants including formaldehyde by 69% from the EU lowest concentration of interest (LCI) equating to a reduction from 40% above to 57% below the WHO limits, and a broad range of toxic VOCs including BTEX by up to 99%. Cucurbiturils also have the capability to bind  sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and other common pollutants.

AqFresh™ 5-in-1 molecule capture & release technology.

To find out more, please complete the form below.

Job Vacancy: Business Development Executive

 

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Position Profile

Taking a platform chemistry technology ‘from bench to market’ is rare and represents a huge challenge for innovators. The bars are set high with safety assessment, regulations, quality thresholds, long-established supply chains, and price/volume pressures.  Commercialisation involves treading a fine line between profitability and scaling up production to accelerate growth.

Aqdot are bucking the trend. It’s not just about the great technology, it’s about scale and scaling.  The team have learned how to make the technology at multi-ton scale; they have established and built strong collaborations with 100+ multi-national companies who all have pain-points that this revolutionary Chemtech can address.  With products now in market, and more being developed by customers and collaborators, the dynamics are changing & getting more exciting by the day.

The platform technology has applications ranging from Personal Care to Life Sciences, from heavy industry to textiles, and the opportunity for value creation is what excites the team.  Focus is crucial at this transformative stage, where the commercial team are leading a license and supply business model more akin to pharma or IT industries than the chemicals industry.

The Aqdot team has a very strong inclusive and diverse culture which has undergone transformation from internal invention (with a large suite of patents to show for it) to commercialisation and collaboration, where our partners can create new products that add value to consumers and the supply chain.

With a highly engaged board and venture funding, it’s a great time to join the team!

 

THE ROLE

TITLE: Business Development Executive

LOCATION: Cambridge, but flexible for the best candidate for work from home with c. weekly presence in Cambridge, UK

REPORTING LINE: Business Development Leader.

DURATION / CONTRACT: Full Time

The successful candidate will join the Commercial team of 6 people, and quickly take on new accounts while learning about the technology and applications.  The role will then morph into providing maternity cover during a planned 6 month absence and slow return to work.  But the board has approved the additional head to support the growing Business Development needs as sales grow.

The role requires someone who must be comfortable in a technical and active sales environment, ready to turn their hand to any aspect of working within a busy SME as required.

Business is moving at a fast pace so it is hard to fully define the role, but the following outlines the new BDE responsibilities:

First 3 months:

1. Develop a commercial understanding of the technology and its value proposition to the Personal Care, Household, Industrial and Institutional markets.

2. Deep dive into the Air Filter and Anti-pollution sectors and research to take commercial leadership from December.

Ongoing:

External Responsibilities:

  1. Take business development leadership for selected multi-national prospects; this will require developing strong working relationships quickly in order to convert sales and develop growth.
  2. Become the Account Manager for selected small companies for B2B sales of the technology.
  3. Key Account Manage the Oderase consumer business with Ocado.
  4. Research multi-national target companies to identify technology needs that overlap with our Chemtech, then account-map for key decision makers and prepare account penetration plan.
  5. Provide back-up for Customer Services with accounts, credit control, logistics, regulatory, H&S.

Internal responsibilities:

  1. Support the Distributor BD Leaders with handling inquiries from their customers. This will require handling multiple enquiries and follow-ups at the same time, with differing timescales and resolutions.
  2. Maintain Customer Relationship Management database; develop extracts from the application to assist with risk adjusted forecasts.
  3. Review current Order, Shipping, Billing processes to optimise and prepare for exponential growth.
  4. Preparation of reports, presentations and figures for internal & external use.

 Other Possibilities

  1. Lead Business developments in consumer healthcare and/or pharmaceuticals.
  2. Take sector leadership for the next priority area as the team expands out of Homecare, Personal Care and Textiles.
  3. Support Marketing Leader with implementation of marketing strategy
  • Execute marketing campaigns across relevant media
  • Support online marketing activity for company communications
  • Prepare marketing activity presentations for internal and external use

 

PROFILE: Job Vacancy: Business Development Executive

Industry Experience

  • A few years sales experience working within a Materials Science (or similar) company preferred.
  • Must be interested in consumer products, and the supply chain for such products.

Leadership

  • Generates alignment amongst teams
  • Contributes to a high performing, fearless, results-orientated culture
  • Hands on and entrepreneurial in style, comfortable with getting involved in all areas of the business with minimal support

Likely background and personal characteristics

 Naturally engages with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds

  • A social person who wants to enjoy work, and working in a diverse team.
  • Materials Science (or similar) graduate with clear intent and character for sales and business development.
  • Intellectually strong and comfortable with complex problem solving
  • Highly proficient at Microsoft Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • The ability to listen and interpret customer needs
  • Forward-thinking & proactive attitude to problem solving
  • Must have completed at least 12 months in graduate/post grad placement.
  • Embraces opportunities for personal development
  • B2B account management or Sales for commercial experience, not necessarily in chemicals.
  • Above all, is looking for an exciting commercial development role in a VC backed company where entrepreneurial spirit and commercial skills could lead to a flourishing first career move.

TO APPLY:

Please send your CV to info@aqdot.com.

To find out more and be one of the first to view our in-depth videos featuring more novel applications & results in either (1) Odour, Pollutants, Fragrance or (2) Allergens & Viruses, complete the form below, adding “VIDEO 1” or “VIDEO 2” to the message.

 

 

AqFresh™ 5-in-1 molecule capture and release technology – improving indoor air quality – 3D video.

AqFresh™ is a revolutionary new 5-in-1 molecular capture and release technology that removes odours, pollutants, allergens & viruses whilst delivering prolonged fragrance release.

Our patented technology utilises Cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals, enabling them to tightly bind a wide spectrum of unwanted molecules. AqFresh™ can also slowly release pre-loaded fragrances molecules over time for a prolonged sensory experience.

This unique 5-in-1 technology has a vast range of indoor air quality applications. It can be used in many industries including textiles, air filters, recycled plastics, surface cleaners, air fresheners, deodorants, hair care, skin care and many more.

AqFresh™ is non-toxic, works in more formulations and environmental conditions, faster, for longer. It has been proven in sensory, gas chromatography, consumer & clinical testing to remove a broader range of pollutants, viruses, odours & allergens and give longer-lasting fragrance release.

AqFresh™ 5-in-1 molecule capture & release technology.

To find out more, please complete the form below.

Senior Formulation Technologist Homecare/Personal Care

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Position Profile:

Senior Formulation Technologist: Taking a platform chemistry technology ‘from bench to market’ is rare and represents a huge challenges for innovators. The bars are set high with safety assessment, regulations, quality thresholds, long-established supply chains, and price/volume pressures. Commercialisation involves treading a fine line between profitability and scaling up production to accelerate growth.

Aqdot are bucking the trend. It’s not just about the great technology, its about scale and scaling. The team have learned how to make the technology at multi-ton scale; they have established and built strong collaborations with 100+ multi-national companies who all have pain-points that this revolutionary Chemtech can address. With products now in market, and more being developed by customers and collaborators, the dynamics are changing & getting more exciting by the day.

The platform technology has applications ranging from Personal Care to Life Sciences, from heavy industry to textiles, and the opportunity for value creation is what excites the team. Focus is crucial at this transformative stage, where the commercial team are leading a license and supply business model more akin to pharma or IT industries than the chemicals industry.

The Aqdot team has a very strong inclusive and diverse culture which has undergone transformation from internal invention (with a large suite of patents to show for it) to commercialisation and collaboration, where our partners can create new products that add value to consumers and the supply chain.

With a highly engaged board and venture funding, it’s a great time to join the team!

THE ROLE

TITLE: Senior Formulation Technologist

LOCATION: Cambridge, UK

REPORTING LINE: Leadership Team Member

DURATION / CONTRACT: Full time.

Reporting to the CSO, the Senior Formulation Scientist will have the following responsibilities

1. Lead and manage within the Personal Care and Homecare Teams: Implement application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the team’s objectives. Supervision and delegation.
2. Assist in developing Aqdot products from concept to scale-up. Focus on areas of formulation and claims substantiation.
3. Collaboration with the commercial team identifying opportunities and translating customers’ needs into technical solutions and projects.
4. Support commercial with customer meetings, helping customers conceive of product benefits and claims, as well as enabling them to successfully formulate products for market faster.
5. Preparation of research reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data; give presentations for both internal and external audience.
6. Identify IP opportunities and prepare patent documents.
7. Identify training opportunities and liaise with external consultants and contractors.

8. Other likely areas of involvement:
a. Some market analysis and assessment of commercial potential for the technology

PROFILE:

Industry Experience

• Extensive formulation and product development experience from either the household or personal care industries.

• Must be interested in the formulation of consumer products, either personal care or household products.

• Strong background in physical sciences with experience in analytical testing and claims substantiation.

Leadership

• Generates alignment amongst teams

• Contributes to a high performing, fearless, results-orientated culture

• Hands on and entrepreneurial in style, comfortable with getting involved in all areas of the business with minimal support

 

Likely background and personal characteristics

• Intellectually strong and comfortable with complex problem solving

• Naturally engages with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds

• Embraces opportunities for personal development

 

TO APPLY:

Please send your CV to info@aqdot.com.

AqFresh™ captures VOCs from PVC & PU so they consistently pass the threshold according to the VDA-270 for automotive interiors 

AqFresh™ technology has been proven to capture odour and other VOC emissions from high-VOC materials such as PVC and PU used for coated textiles in the automotive interiors industry. This enables them to consistently score below the accepted 3.0 threshold level on the 1-6 scale to meet the VDA-270 industry standard. AqFresh™ powder was placed side-by-side with the Polyvinyl Chloride / Polyurethane in a glass jar and the trained panel rated the Volatile Organic Compound odour emissions from the jar.

 

For your free VDA white paper or test report of AqFresh added to your textile*, please complete the form below adding “VDA REPORT” or “VDA WHITE PAPER” to the message.

(*This offer is limited to the first 4 textile/coating manufacturers with £100M+ turnover.)

Other enquirers will receive our free Coated Fabric VDA Odour Testing White Paper**, comparing the odour emissions of a range of different types of coated fabrics used for automotive interiors.

(**This offer is unlimited.)

 

AqFresh™ captures VOCs from PVC & PU for improved Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ)

Tackling Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) is a key priority for the automotive interiors industry.

79% of consumers experience malodours in their car. As well as the obvious sources such as poor ventilation, fumes and body odour, a key problem cited by car users is the leather and plastic smell especially from new cars. According to an Aqdot survey of over 500 global consumers in US, UK, FR, IT, CN, 86% say that malodour negatively affects their mood, and 69% are now more concerned than ever about indoor air quality.

Malodorous VOCs affecting VIAQ is not just an issue of customer satisfaction, but increasingly many countries are introducing guidelines or legislation. For example, China introduced the GB/T 27630-2011 “guideline for air quality assessment of passenger cars” in 2012. This guideline covers testing methods and maximum automotive interior emissions. It is expected to become a legal requirement for M1-class vehicles (passenger models with up to eight seats).

 

VDA-270 Test

The VDA odour test is run by Aqdot using trained assessors selected according to ISO 8586 for their ability to discriminate and describe malodour. They are trained & assessed quarterly using validated polymeric standards provided by a qualified supplier.

The panel follows the ISO 4121 and VDA 270 tests to evaluate the impact of our counteractant. The panellists evaluate the odour intensity based on the scale from 1 to 6 (not detectable to extremely strong odour). They also evaluate the hedonic tone from -4 extremely unpleasant to +4 extremely pleasant.

 

AqFresh™ IAQ molecule capture technology

AqFresh™ captures VOCs from PVC & PU. This odour capture technology can be added to automotive interior materials like PVC and PU to capture odours, VOCs and other pollutants. The intended result is improved Vehicle Indoor Air Quality.

This patented technology consists of cucurbiturils: barrel-shaped molecules with a hydrophobic cavity and polar portal. Their unique structure enables exceptionally tight capture & binding of unwanted molecules.

AqFresh™ has been proven to capture the 8 key VOCs found in automotive interiors. These are: acetaldehyde, acrolein, benzene, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, styrene, toluene and xylene.

AqFresh™ is available as powder which has been successfully demonstrated to reduce the malodour VOC emissions of materials made from PVC and PU.

Sign up to our AqFresh™ Air Freshener webinar featuring the results of an online consumer survey by Aqdot

Air fresheners that make you feel good – new consumer insights from Aqdot

To sign up for access to our free on-demand AqFresh™ air freshener webinar, please complete the contact form below, adding “AIR FRESHENER WEBINAR” in the message.

Our new global consumer survey reveals an emerging consumer demand for innovation in air fresheners offering improved wellbeing & mood thanks to broader indoor air quality benefits and a tailored, longer-lasting fragrance experience.

Our survey reveals consumer demand for air fresheners offering a longer-lasting fragrance experience. AqFresh™ 5-in-1 molecule capture & release technology can be added to air fresheners to offer longer-lasting fragrance by controlling & prolonging the release of fragrance molecules over time. Find out more about our survey and tailor your air freshener innovation programme based on the scent, room, occasion, mood, and emotional/behavioural benefit sought by your brands’ consumers.

Our survey also reveals that consumers want broader indoor air quality benefits from their ideal air freshener and our AqFresh™ technology enables this by removing odours, allergens, pollutants and viruses.

The 30 minute webinar will cover the following:

  1. Survey methodology & sample
  2. Most common smells & where they come from
  3. Negative impact of malodour on mood & mental health
  4. Air freshener brands & types used
  5. Desired fragrance intensity & longevity
  6. Positive impact of fragrance on mood & mental health
  7. Consumer concerns regarding indoor air quality
  8. Indoor air quality benefits sought from air fresheners – e.g.
    1. Inactivating allergens
    2. Neutralising viruses
    3. Capturing pollutants
  9. Air freshener innovation concepts
  10. Key conclusions
  11. Introduction to AqFresh™ which safely removes odours, allergens, pollutants & viruses and provides long-lasting fragrance release

To sign up for our live or on-demand consumer insights webinar, please complete the form below, adding “AIR FRESHENER WEBINAR” to the message.

Air fresheners that make you feel good

free consumer insight report & sample

Emerging consumer demand for innovation in air fresheners to address broader indoor air quality needs and improve wellbeing & mood.

This article explores the key insights from the Aqdot 2021 air freshener survey of 500 consumers in UK, US, France, Italy and China.

 

For a free copy of the full report, please complete the form below, adding “AIR FRESHENER REPORT” in the message.

 

 

Consumers want home care products that offer improved wellbeing & mood

Many consumers have been spending more time at home due to the pandemic lockdown. This trend looks set to continue as anxiety over Covid-19 and its many variants remains high, and many plan to work from home for at least a few days a week on a permanent basis. They see their home as a safe space where they can shield from viruses & air pollution.

Consumers have broadened their personal hygiene & household cleaning routines, with many buying surface sanitising sprays like Procter & Gamble’s Microban and home air purifiers like Dyson’s Pure Humidify & Cool for the first time for example. They also want to de-stress in their homes, seeking home care products to enhance their mood, such as household cleaning products with premium fragrance scents (usually only found in premium personal care brands) launched by brands like Unilever’s Love Home and Planet with exotic fragrances like honey-tinged Bulgarian Rose entwined with Brazilian Murumuru.

 

Indoor air quality affects wellbeing & mood; consumers are increasing anxious about it

A recent study1 showed that household aerosols are more polluting than cars.

The Aqdot 2021 air freshener survey of 500 consumers in UK, US, France, Italy and China revealed that 69% of consumers are more concerned about indoor air quality since the Covid-19 pandemic. And whilst Carbon Monoxide is the most well-known pollutant of concern, other toxic substances of concern include aerosols which emit VOCs and formaldehyde which occurs from off-gassing – the process by which certain new household products made from wood or rubber give off the toxic gas.

But pollutants are not the only cause of consumers’ concern over poor indoor air quality. Many households nowadays have at least 1 allergy sufferer – as many as 71% of US households for example. 50% of UK households have at least one person with an underlying health condition at higher risk from Covid-19.

Common household malodours, as well as being pollutants of concern, affect not just the quality of indoor air from a health perspective but in terms of mood & wellbeing. 86% of consumers say that smelling malodour affects their mood – especially those who are most concerned about indoor air quality. This is particularly the case in China where the majority say that malodour affects their mood a great deal.

Our survey revealed that different malodours give rise to different negative emotions. Human smells (urine, vomit, flatulence, sweat, excretions) and Rotting Food smells (fish, rotten egg, milk, cheese, cooking fat) make people nauseous and distracted when working from home, whilst Tobacco & Environmental smells (mouldy, stale, musty air) are more likely to make them feel irritated or stressed.

Interestingly, Cooking Food smells (garlic & spices) negatively affect the mood of the Chinese the most. Oderase, the UK’s only fragrance-free air freshener brand, launched its Open Plan Living Odour-Erasing Spray in 2019 to appeal to consumers who dislike strong spicy cooking smells like curry from wafting from their kitchen to other rooms of the house.

 

A pleasant fragrance in the air has a positive effect on the mood & wellbeing of consumers

Having a fragrance in the air that you like has been shown to have positive emotional, behavioural and health effects on the household.

In the Aqdot survey, 86% of consumers said they had experienced one of these benefits, the most common one being “improved wellbeing due to breathing in cleaner air”, especially in the UK and USA, suggesting an association in our minds between a fresh scent and the perception of cleanliness.

In China, the key benefit experienced was improved concentration, productivity, and mental health whilst in France & Italy, the key benefit was having more energy. Other benefits cited include improved sleep, creativity, more harmonious relationships, greater romance & intimacy and even better-behaved pets!

 

The concept of an air freshener spray that could remove not just odours, but also pollutants, allergens and viruses, appeals to the vast majority of consumers

If a non-toxic spray was developed that safely removes odours, allergens, pollutants & viruses from the air, as well from pets, soft furnishings, fabrics & surfaces, and was available on Amazon for £2.99 for 300ml (ie. 50% more than the regular leading brand price in leading UK retailers at the time of writing in June 2021), 79% of consumers would be likely to buy it. This innovative concept appeals to a wide range of consumers but particularly strongly to allergy sufferers, dog owners and those who regularly shop for perfume. Over 88% of Febreze, Glade and Airwick air freshener spray users would buy it. It is clear that there is a real demand for multi-benefit home air sprays to tackle the problem of poor indoor air quality. Allergens, pollutants and viruses all pose a threat to consumers’ wellbeing in their homes and an air freshener spray is an ideal way of tackling them, but a new technology is needed that does not only capture malodours but these other home invaders too.

The benefits of such a new technology would not be limited to the home. Indoor air quality is a concern to consumers when they are out of home in public indoor spaces. 77% of UK consumers experience bad smells in their cars and most people wish that public toilets smelled fresher. In June 2020, over 70% of Brits regularly using buses, pubs, shops & gyms said they were concerned about the possibility of catching Covid 19 from airborne transmission in those indoor spaces. Whilst vaccines look set to boost consumer confidence in returning to the high street, most still want the best possible Covid-safe premises.

In Aqdot’s 2021 survey, consumers were asked about the idea of developing an automated spray in such places to help improve their indoor air quality and make them safer & more pleasant. If a busy indoor public place (eg. office, shop, café, train, etc), or a friend or relative’s home, had automatic sprays that periodically sprayed a non-toxic, fine, odourless mist into the air proven to safely capture & neutralise odours, allergens, and pollutants, 75% of consumers would be more likely to go inside.

Allergy sufferers, those who prefer fragrance-free products and those most concerned about indoor air quality would find this innovation most helpful.

 

Consumers want longer-lasting fragrance than their current AF delivers

Fragrance-free products are a growing trend as allergies are increasingly prevalent, and natural clean label products are increasingly sought after. Consumers are divided on the topic of the intensity of fragrance they want from their air freshener spray but more prefer a fragrance-free or lightly fragranced air freshener (51% overall, rising to 66% in China) and fewer (14%) prefer a strongly fragranced one.

Even more important than fragrance intensity is fragrance longevity. In the Aqdot survey, consumers were asked for how long they can / would like to smell the scent from their usual / ideal air freshener after spraying once. 81% of Americans said the scent of their air freshener lasts <1hour but 57% would like it ideally to last >1 hour (33% >3 hours). 75%+ top 4 brand users (Air Wick, Febreze, Glade, Yankee Candle) said the scent of their air freshener lasts <1 hour but 55%+ would like it ideally to last >1 hour (35%+ >3 hours).

But why is a long-lasting fragrance important to consumers? The top 2 reasons given were that it’s convenient as the user doesn’t have to keep spraying repeatedly and because they prefer a lasting scent instead of a short intense burst of fragrance that soon disappears. For some it’s about providing the emotional benefits (mood, sleep, concentration etc) for longer and for others it’s important that they can smell the aroma every time they walk into the room. Given the growth of continuous air fresheners and smart home innovation such as Miele’s Auro ambient smart hood, it is clear that there is an opportunity for air freshener brands to address consumers’ desire for long-lasting aromatherapy fragrance benefits: air fresheners that make you feel good.

 

Aqdot’s AqFresh™ 5-in-1 molecule capture & release technology offers long-lasting fragrance by controlling & prolonging the release of fragrance molecules over time

AqFresh™ has been proven to release preloaded fragrance molecules slowly over time for a prolonged sensory experience.

When AqFresh™ was added to a leading brand air freshener spray at just 0.5%, it was proven in blind expert panel sensory testing under laboratory conditions to provide a positive sensory fragrance experience that lasted for several hours. And its impact on prolonging the fragrance impact was phenomenal:

The addition of AqFresh™ to a leading air freshener spray provided up to 2x stronger fragrance intensity several hours after spraying than without using AqFresh™. When additional malodour was introduced after several hours, the air freshener with AqFresh™ was much more effective at reducing the malodour. It does this through molecular exchange – capturing malodour molecules and releasing fragrance molecules. In the laboratory tests, when malodour was introduced, it activated the AqFresh molecules that were still present in the room after several hours, which captured the malodour and released the fragrance. This malodour-activated release of an extra intense burst of fragrance, was measured as a significantly higher fragrance intensity than using the leading air freshener spray without AqFresh™.

When formulated into a simple fragrance-free air freshener for gas chromatography testing, AqFresh™ was proven to give a 93% reduction of urine malodour (TMA), whilst the leading air freshener brands included in the test made no significant reduction in the malodour.

 

Aqdot’s AqFresh™ 5-in-1 molecule capture & release technology removes odours, pollutants, allergens and viruses.

AqFresh™ (INCI: cucurbiturils) is the next generation of host-guest chemistry where its unique supramolecular structure enables capture of a wide spectrum of molecules:

  1. Eliminates a wide range of odours human, food, bathroom, pet & many others.
  2. Captures pollutants including formaldehyde, benzene, smoke and cleaning chemicals.
  3. Inactivates protein allergens found in pollen, dust mite, cat and dog dander.
  4. Neutralises viruses safely (including Sars-Cov-2 and Norovirus) without killing human cells so can be used in air and on pets, clothing, fabrics and soft furnishings

 

Consumers want a tailored fragrance experience

Our survey revealed that consumers want different fragrances on different occasions:
for example: lavender for going to sleep because it’s relaxing; citrus fruits whilst working, exercising or cleaning because it makes you feel happy & invigorated; vanilla for a romantic night in because it makes you feel loved, cosy & cocooned; and freshly baked bread during mealtimes.

They also want different fragrances in different indoor spaces: lavender / ocean spray in their bathroom; lavender / vanilla in their bedroom; citrus fruits / freshly baked bread in the kitchen; cotton fresh / vanilla in the living room; and ocean spray to freshen stale air in the AC or car vents in their car.

Of course, consumer preferences for different fragrances vary by country. The most popular scents to have in one’s home include: lavender (US), coffee (Italy/China), coconut (France), and cotton fresh (UK).

 

Air fresheners that make you feel good. Tailor your air freshener innovation programme based on the scent, room, occasion, mood, and emotional/behavioural benefit sought by your brands’ consumers.

For your free copy of the full 60-page research report, plus a free sample of the AqFresh™ 5-in-1 molecule capture & release technology in a unique air freshener prototype concept2, and an introduction to the revolutionary science behind it from the Cambridge-based innovators & scientists, fill in the form below adding “AIR FRESHENER REPORT” in the message.

This free Aqdot 2021 air freshener consumer insight report is based on:

  • 500 consumers in UK, US, France, Italy and China
  • Users of the top 30 global air freshener brands
  • Their consumer preferences for 18 fragrances, 10 emotional benefits, 12 behavioural benefits, 7 usage occasions, 5 indoor spaces + a variety of attitudinal statements

Report Contents:

  1. Survey methodology & sample
  2. Most common smells & where they come from
  3. Negative impact of malodour on mood & mental health
  4. Air freshener brands & types used
  5. Desired fragrance intensity & longevity
  6. Positive impact of fragrance on mood & mental health
  7. Consumer concerns regarding indoor air quality
  8. Indoor air quality benefits sought from air fresheners – e.g.
    1. Inactivating allergens
    2. Neutralising viruses
    3. Capturing pollutants
  9. Air freshener innovation concepts
  10. Key conclusions
  11. Introduction to AqFresh™ which safely removes odours, allergens, pollutants & viruses and provides long-lasting fragrance release
1 Source: https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2021/research/aerosols-smog-vehicles-uk/
2 Subject to availability. 100 bottles to give away.

AqFresh™ webinar at In-Cosmetics Discover.

Discover our Deodorant, Hair Colorant & Dry Shampoo innovation concepts, and many more, featuring a revolutionary 5-in-1 molecule capture & release technology.

Listen to our webinar, first presented at In-Cosmetics Discovery in April 2021, to learn about AqFresh™ Pure – the next generation of host-guest chemistry delivering unrivalled pollutant (volatile organic compounds) and malodour elimination capabilities whilst concurrently delivering prolonged ‘smart fragrance’, anti-allergen and antiviral benefits.

To find out more about AqFresh™ 5-in-1 indoor air quality molecule capture & release technology, please get in touch by completing the “CONTACT US” form below.

Webinar Description:

AqFresh™ – A revolutionary molecular capture technology with malodour elimination, antipollution, smart fragrance release benefits and more

AqFresh™ Pure is the next generation of host-guest chemistry delivering unrivalled pollutant (volatile organic compounds) and malodour elimination capabilities whilst concurrently delivering prolonged ‘smart fragrance’, anti-allergen and antiviral benefits. With no environmental or human health warnings, AqFresh™ Pure is already in-market in a deodorant brand and can add value in formulations in most Personal Care product categories.

The patented AqFresh™ Pure technology was developed at Aqdot® in Cambridge UK by a team of scientists and innovators. AqFresh™ Pure is made of pumpkin-like shaped molecules, cucurbiturils, named after Cucurbita, the Latin word for pumpkin. AqFresh™ Pure is the next generation of cosmetic chemistry, able to act as molecular capture and release technology leading to consumer noticeable benefits. AqFresh™ Pure contains a mixture of cucurbit[n]urils (n =6, 7, 8) and each homologue has affinity for a variety of molecules. Thus, AqFresh™ has exceptional capability to bind a wide spectrum of molecules with different sizes and functional groups.

AqFresh™ Pure is chemically and thermally stable. The AqFresh™ Pure complexation mechanism is highly application versatile and works in powder and liquid form and is effective at highly diluted concentrations. This combination of attributes enables it to work as a revolutionary 5-IN-1 technology, capable of delivering the following benefits: 1) odour elimination, 2) anti-pollution, 3) smart fragrance delivery, 4) antiallergen and 5) antiviral.

Odour Removal:
AqFresh™ Pure has shown excellent odour removal in a wide range of pH formulations without the need of any masking fragrance. It has proven to be effective against human, food, bathroom, pet and other household smells. AqFresh™ Pure is compatible with most ingredients found in personal care products including surfactants, emulsifiers, enzymes, polymers and fragrances. AqFresh™ Pure delivers instant odour counteraction and long-lasting effects. AqFresh™ Pure has been effectively formulated in deodorant products to remove body odours. Also, AqFresh™ Pure has been incorporated into permanent hair dyes formulations to significantly reduce the “ammonia-like” odour during use.

Antipollution:
AqFresh™ Pure has been validated as a powerful anti-pollutant technology. Effective against a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are hazardous to human health including formaldehyde, BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes), smoke and cleaning chemicals.

Smart fragrance delivery:
AqFresh™ Pure delivers pro-fragrance benefits with formulation flexibility.  AqFresh™ Pure can be formulated into products with fragrances and perfumes to give a longer lasting experience and improved hedonic tones. The fragrance release can be accelerated by a variety of triggers including malodours. AqFresh™ Pure can deliver a unique fragrance experience to consumers by releasing fragrance molecules upon capture of malodours in deodorants and/or air fresheners.  AqFresh™ Pure could revolutionise the need for polymeric fragrance release technologies.

Anti-allergen:
AqFresh™ Pure has proven to be exceptionally effective at inactivating protein allergens found in pollen, dust mite, cat and dog dander. AqFresh™ Pure complexes with amino acids and peptides, key components of proteins. Allergens proteins are responsible for the subsequent allergic reactions. AqFresh™ Pure prevents the allergen proteins recognition by the antibodies that would otherwise lead to an allergic response.

Antiviral:
Protein complexation is a well-known mechanism to inhibit viruses. AqFresh™ Pure has demonstrated strong efficacy against enveloped viruses such as vaccinia virus as well as difficult non-enveloped ones such as murinenorovirus, herpes simplex and a SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirus without affecting the cell, indicating a novel and safe mode of action different to currently available biocidal technologies. The development of antiviral benefits is ongoing. AqFresh™ Pure is not registered as a biocide and is not cytotoxic.

AqFresh™ Pure is not persistent or hazardous to the environment or human health and has been awarded the Cradle to Cradle Platinum Material Health Certificate. AqFresh™ is certified REACH 100 mT and has LVE 10 mT for TSCA and China.

 

Aqdot further strengthens its Board and Investor list as it scales

CAMBRIDGE, UK (Feb. 15, 2021) — Aqdot, a chemtech company focused on enabling cleaner air for everyone, everywhere with its AqFresh™ technology is pleased to announce the appointment of Russ Cummings as Chairman and Ian McKernan as Non-Executive Director, alongside Business Growth Fund and OP6 Innovation who join as investors. 

Russ Cummings is an experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Investor with successful 30-year track record with high growth businesses. He is an accomplished board member of both public and private companies with extensive experience as public company Chief Executive including raising capital and mergers and acquisitions. He is particularly focused on successfully commercialising ground breaking and sustainable innovation, with deep understanding of the practical challenges that come with bringing new technologies to market and the importance of people in this mix. 

Ian McKernan is an experienced CEO, Chairman and Industrial Chemist. Following an early career with multinational chemicals group DSM Ian joined the family business, Molecular Products Ltd and pursued a strategy of international growth. As Group CEO, Ian orchestrated a number of acquisitions and drove a successful organic growth programme, setting up subsidiaries in the USA, China, India and Australia. Having established the Group as a world leader in critical air purification, it was successfully sold in 2016. Ian’s most recent venture has been the establishment of OP6 Innovation ltd, a business focused on supporting growth in ambitious SME’s. 

Business Growth Fund (BGF) and OP6 Innovation join IP Group, Parkwalk, Cambridge Enterprise & Providence as investors in the Company. 

Tim Wright, CEO said: “Following on from the recent announcement of our license & supply agreement with Elementis, successful scale-up of manufacture and with a number of other similar deals in the pipeline it is a great time for Russ and Ian to join our Board. We are also delighted to welcome BGF and OP6 Innovation as investors as we further strengthen our balance sheet for this exciting phase.” 

Aqdot further strengthens its Board and Investor list as it scales

About Aqdot

Headquartered in Cambridge, England, Aqdot® is a supramolecular chemtech company with a focus on improving air quality through licensing and selling its AqFresh™ platform technology. AqFresh™ is a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. Effective dry or when formulated in liquids and coatings, this powerful chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries. 

AqFresh™ has no hazard warning for human health or the environment and has achieved a Platinum Material Health Certificate (MHC) from the Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute. AqFresh™ is a trademark of Aqdot Limited. 

More information can be found at: https://aqdot.com/

Aqdot and Elementis Establish Exclusive Agreement to
Deliver Proven Odour Capture and Fragrance Release Benefits to
Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant Formulators

LONDON, UK AND CAMBRIDGE, UK (Feb. 10, 2021) — Elementis, a leading global specialty chemicals provider, and Aqdot, a supramolecular chemtech company based in Cambridge, England, recently established an exclusive commercial collaboration agreement for the anti-perspirant and deodorant market.

Through this agreement, the Elementis Personal Care Business will exclusively sell Aqdot’s AqFresh™ odour capture and smart fragrance release solution for use in anti-perspirant and deodorant product formulations. AqFresh™ has been shown to significantly enhance odour elimination and is proven to be capable of removing body odours for prolonged periods of time. In addition, AqFresh’s controlled and triggered fragrance release provides long-lasting delivery of a full-fragrance experience. This combination of benefits is ideal for the anti-perspirant and deodorant markets.

“We are looking forward to bringing this much needed solution to the global anti-perspirant and deodorant market while also complementing our market-leading portfolio of actives and ingredients for anti-perspirant and deodorant applications,” said Stijn Dejonckheere, senior vice president for the Elementis Personal Care Business Segment.

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot said, “We are delighted to partner with Elementis in the anti-perspirant and deodorant product category given their strength in the global market. We are confident that Elementis’ expertise and go-to-market capabilities will rapidly create significant value for their customers and consumers around the world with AqFresh.”

About Elementis
Elementis is a global specialty chemical company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company is known for its expertise in rheology and natural, sustainable ingredients and focuses on scientific innovation and development of products that enhance the performance and value of customers’ products in the personal care, and coating markets. Our personal care products, including our market-leading anti-perspirant actives, touch consumers every day with ingredients providing protection, moisturization, and elegant sensorial experiences.  Visit www.elementis.com for more information.

About Aqdot
Headquartered in Cambridge, England, Aqdot® is a supramolecular chemtech company with a focus on improving air quality through licensing and selling its AqFresh™ platform technology. AqFresh™ is a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. Effective dry or when formulated in liquids and coatings, this powerful chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries.

AqFresh™ has no hazard warning for human health or the environment and has achieved a Platinum Material Health Certificate (MHC) from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. AqFresh™ is a trademark of Aqdot Limited.

Media Contact: Laura Pennino, senior PR consultant +1 281 286 9398 office, +1 713 419 1776 mobile, lp@penninoandpartners.com

Aqdot, the Cambridge, UK based supramolecular company, is moving into the Italian market after agreeing a partnership with Specialities to distribute its patented Air Quality technology, AqFresh™, throughout Italy.

The technology consists of ‘cucurbiturils’ – barrel-shaped molecules – which are highly effective at capturing volatile organic compounds and malodour molecules.  These undesirable molecules are quickly attracted to AqFresh™, removing the malodours and pollutants from the air.

Besides molecular capture, the AqFresh™ technology can be used to release fragrances slowly or can concurrently capture malodours while releasing fragrances and thus enhancing the final user experience. It can also be formulated into a product that to neutralize the most common household allergens including pollen and cat dander.

Formulations of AqFresh™ have been extensively tested to meet consumer product standards in the European Union, North America and Asia and have shown no toxicity to human cells. The absence of toxicity indicates lower risk to skin contact or inhalation. This allows for a wide range of applications in which traditional chemicals cannot be deployed.

Hugh Rathbone, Chief Commercial Officer at Aqdot, said: “Specialities prioritise their scientific and formulation expertise to enable their customers to make great products and this capability and their culture makes them a great partner for taking our unique AqFresh™ technology to Italian companies.  AqFresh™’s ability to inactivate and contain organic compounds, including allergens, malodours & pollutants, is proven, the technology is safe and cost effective and we believe it has great potential to enhance the products of Italian companies in the consumer and H&II sectors.”

Fabrizio Belli, Director of Specialities, said: “We are honoured to start a partnership with Aqdot. The revolutionary and environmentally friendly AqFresh™ technology will offer to our customers the opportunity to formulate innovative concepts in homecare, pet care, institutional and industrial cleaning”.

NOTES:

Aqdot is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products. At the core of Aqdot is Aq™Bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a positive impact on the environment. https://www.aqdot.com/

Specialities is an Italian distributor of Specialty Chemicals for the homecare, personal care, industrial and institutional cleaning market. The R&D lab team of Specialities offer a wide technical support to their customers to develop innovative formulation concepts in several fields: ADW, laundry, hard surface, disinfection, probiotics and odour control. https://www.specialities.eu/

BIOBAX & AQDOT enter a license and supply agreement that will see AQFRESH formulated into ZYBAX, the environment-friendly biological professional cleaning brand

Aqdot, the Cambridge-based supramolecular chemistry company, has partnered with Biobax, owner of the UK-based environment-friendly biological professional cleaning brand Zybax, to provide the technology behind the innovative new Zybax Advance air freshener alongside the development of their existing range. Removing tough lingering obnoxious malodours is a key challenge for the professional cleaning industry. Most available solutions are based on using high levels of artificial chemical perfumes to temporarily mask the malodour or to use a slow-acting germ-killing solution both of which don’t give the truly fresh result that is needed for instant and lasting freshness.

The new Zybax Advance with AqFresh™ air freshener utilises Aqdot’s patented supramolecular chemistry AqFresh™. It is a novel and versatile performance chemistry that is exceptional at capturing, holding and releasing materials; in this case capturing malodour molecules and eliminating them from the air. AqFresh™ also enhances Zybax Advance’s subtle fragrances of either fresh mint or fresh linen.

With strong sustainability credentials AqFresh™ has achieved a Platinum Material Health Certificate (MHC), which is the highest possible certification level. Biobax plans to use the product within their formulations to sell the product with distinctive Zybax branding through major UK distributors and to promote it from its new corporate website.

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, said: “We are delighted to be working with Biobax, to enable them to further develop the innovative Zybax product range with the launch of Zybax Advance. Our own launch of AqFresh™ has been well very received by customers, enabling them to license the unique, high performance AqFresh™ technology, which we also supply at large scale.”

Kate Pawson, Sales & Marketing Director at Biobax, said: “BioBax and our brand Zybax will be including the new ingredient AqFresh™ as part of our formulations. The licence and supply of the AqFresh™ chemistry to Biobax gives us a great opportunity to continue to innovate with the best in the market and opens up exciting opportunities for future products. Watch this space for our new products containing AqFresh™!”

NOTES:
Aqdot® is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular Chemtech company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products. At the core of Aqdot is a novel and versatile performance chemistry, AqFresh™, that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. Effective dry or when formulated in liquids and coatings this powerful chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated products, creating value and making a positive impact on the environment. 24 hours.

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Covering consumers’ attitudes to living with an allergy during the pandemic, places & situations that trigger allergic reactions, and new anti-allergen product concepts, this report based on Aqdot’s online survey of 118 UK allergy sufferers gives valuable insight for our customers interested in launching a ready-to-go white label anti-allergen innovation for humans or pets in just weeks, or incorporating our technology into your own anti-allergen products. .

This report is designed particularly for Marketing and R&D Managers with responsibility for product innovation at manufacturers of consumer products where personal/household/in-car odour and poor indoor air quality (from allergens & pollutants) is a pain point.

 

REPORT CONTENTS

  1. Survey methodology
  2. Households with allergy sufferers
  3. The most common allergies
  4. Places & situations that trigger allergic reactions
  5. The most common allergic symptoms
  6. Attitudes to living with an allergy
  7. Living with an allergy during the Covid-19 pandemic
  8. Interest in unique new solutions that could be used to prevent allergic reactions by removing allergens from:
    1. Soft Furnishings, Fabrics & Surfaces
    2. Air & Pets
    3. Indoor Public Spaces
    4. Face Masks
  9. Key conclusions
  10. Introduction to AqFresh™ and Oderase™ which safely remove odours & allergens from soft furnishings, fabrics & surfaces*

*dust mite, cat & dog allergens, on contact, when sprayed on surfaces.

The report is packed with fascinating consumer insights that could unlock / inspire your next big innovation.

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Did you know? 77% of Brits experience bad smells in their cars including fuel (38%), farts (30%), exhaust fumes (28%), and body odours (23%). Covering consumers’ attitudes to indoor air quality in cars, public buildings, offices, gyms, restaurants and many other indoor spaces, this report based on Aqdot’s AqFresh™ Away From Home Freshening online survey of 100 UK consumers also investigates the reasons behind the appeal of our Oderase odour-erasing spray, giving valuable insight for our customers interested in launching a ready-to-go white label innovation in just weeks.

This report is designed particularly for Marketing and R&D Managers with responsibility for product innovation at manufacturers of consumer products where personal/household/in-car odour and poor indoor air quality (from pollutants) is a pain point.

The report covers the key insights & conclusions from an online survey of UK consumers conducted in July 2020. The survey looked at the problem of household malodours, the solutions consumers seek and their attitudes to away from home freshening.

 

REPORT CONTENTS

  1. Aqdot who we are
  2. Survey methodology
  3. Which indoor public places are consumers visiting
  4. How consumer behaviour has changed since Covid 19
  5. What air quality problems exist in indoor public places
  6. What air quality problems exist in cars
  7. What consumers’ attitudes are to air freshening
  8. What antibacterial & anti odour products consumers use
  9. Consumer awareness & attitudes towards indoor air quality
  10. What odour removal solutions consumers want
  11. What consumers think of Oderase
  12. Who Oderase’s top fans are
  13. What indoor & car odour problems Oderase fans experience
  14. Oderase fans’ attitudes to air freshening & indoor air quality
  15. Key conclusions
  16. How Aqdot can help you meet your consumers’ needs with our
  17. AqFresh odour capture technology

AqFresh™ in a 5-in-1 molecular capture & release technology that removes odours, pollutants, allergens & viruses whilst delivering prolonged fragrance release. The patented technology use Cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals to tightly bind unwanted molecules.

The report is packed with fascinating consumer insights that could unlock / inspire your next big innovation.

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Sign up to receive our AqFresh™ Home Freshening Consumer Insights Report featuring the results of an online survey by Aqdot

AqFresh

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Fewer UK consumers are shopping for perfume since the lockdown (from 41% to 8%) whilst 70% of Brits have experienced worsening or new smells arising in their homes since being stuck at home. Could there be a connection?

This AqFresh™ Home Freshening Consumer Insights Report is designed particularly for Marketing and R&D Managers with responsibility for product innovation at manufacturers of consumer products where personal/household/clothing/pet odour is a pain point.

The report covers the key insights & conclusions from an online survey of UK consumers conducted in May 2020. Moreover, the survey looked at the problem of household malodours, the solutions consumers seek and their attitudes to air & fabric freshening.

 

REPORT CONTENTS

  1. Aqdot – who we are
  2. Survey methodology
  3. How consumer behaviour has changed since Covid-19
  4. What (and who!) is causing the bad smells in their homes
  5. Which smells are the most unpleasant
  6. What problems the bad smells are causing
  7. Consumers’ attitudes to air-freshening
  8. The odour removal solutions consumers want
  9. Key conclusions
  10. How Aqdot can help you meet your consumers’ needs with our AqFresh™ odour-capture technology

AqFresh™ in a 5-in-1 molecular capture & release technology that removes odours, pollutants, allergens & viruses whilst delivering prolonged fragrance release. The patented technology use Cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals to tightly bind unwanted molecules.

The report is packed with fascinating consumer insights that could unlock / inspire your next big innovation.

To register, complete your details in the “CONTACT US” section below, adding “AQFRESH HOME FRESHENING REPORT” in the subject, and you will receive a copy of the report within 24 hours.

Watch our AqFresh™ Home Freshening Consumer Insights Webinar (

June 2020) featuring the results of an online survey by Aqdot

Our Report shows that fewer UK consumers are shopping for perfume since the lockdown (from 41% to 8%) whilst 70% of Brits have experienced worsening or new smells arising in their homes since being stuck at home. Could there be a connection?

The webinar is viewable in 2 parts. To view part 1, please click below.

 

To view part 2 of the webinar, please click below.

AqFresh™ in a 5-in-1 molecular capture & release technology that removes odours, pollutants, allergens & viruses whilst delivering prolonged fragrance release. The patented technology use Cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals to tightly bind unwanted molecules.

  • Revolutionary chemical technology
  • Extensively tested against a broad range of odours
  • E.g. pee, pooh, vomit, sweat, wet dog etc.
  • Effectively reduces chemical odours such as chlorinated reagents and peroxides
  • Reduces the chemical odours during, and after chemical use.

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AqFresh

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74% of dogs roll on the carpet to remove the scent of fragranced shampoos, according to our 2020 consumer survey.

This research report is designed particularly for Marketing and R&D Managers with responsibility for product innovation at manufacturers of pet grooming consumer products where pet odour is a pain point.

The report covers the key insights & conclusions from an online survey of UK consumers conducted in H1-2020. The survey looked at the problem of pet smells in the home, the solutions consumers seek and their attitudes to air & pet coat freshening.

 

REPORT CONTENTS

  1. Pet attitudes to odour & fragrance
  2. Pet owners’ attitudes to odour & fragrance
  3. What odour removal solutions consumers want
  4. How Aqdot can help you meet your consumers’ needs with our AqFresh™ odour-capture technology and ready-to-go white label products

The report contains fascinating consumer insights that could unlock / inspire your next big innovation.

AqFresh™ is a revolutionary new fragrance-free odour capture technology using Cucurbiturils.

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Aqdot, the UK-based Chemtech company, has strengthened its commercial team with the appointment of a new business development professional.

Louise Hedges has joined Aqdot in the newly created role of Business Development Leader in the air quality sector. She will be focusing on new and existing products in the Household, Industrial and Professional sector as well as Personal Care, Pet Care, and after-market Car Care.  Louise will be developing the business with Aqdot’s own AqFresh™ supra-molecular chemistry as well as opportunities for white label odour elimination products for UK, USA, Canada and the Nordics.

Louise joins Aqdot from ALFA Chemicals, a leading speciality chemicals distributor, where she was business development manager for their Industrial Chemicals division, with previous experience at Croda Chemicals.

Louise graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc, Honours Chemistry with Applied Chemistry. She also studied an MBA at The Open University.

Louise Hedges said: “Aqdot has a highly talented team of scientists who are continually innovating and developing revolutionary new applications for the new, breakthrough AqFresh™ odour capture technology which works across a broad spectrum of industries. It’s so effective it needs no masking fragrance and so versatile it can be incorporated into powders, liquids, sprays, coatings, plastic master-batches, films, and filters.”

“The business has also developed the high performance AqStar® emulsification technology and the ground-breaking gene delivery technology AqGene™, which uses unique non-viral supramolecular polymer particles to unlock the potential of gene therapies for improving patient lives.”

“Aqdot’s proprietary transformational chemtech has significant potential to unlock a wide range of game-changing innovation opportunities for manufacturers. I am very excited to be joining at a time when the company is in significant growth.”

Tim Wright, chief executive of Aqdot, said: “Louise is a very welcome addition to the Aqdot commercial team.

“Aqdot is dedicated to commercialising the chemistry we have developed, and her speciality chemicals business development experience will further our capabilities to achieve this.

“Ambitious plans to work with distributors and customers in a wide range of sectors, from personal care and professional cleaning to agriculture are core to our business and Louise’s expertise will prove invaluable.”

Louise Hedges

Aqdot, the Cambridge-based supramolecular company, is moving into the US market after agreeing a partnership with Essential Ingredients to distribute its patented malodour product, AqFresh™ throughout North America.

The technology is highly effective at capturing volatile organic compounds and malodour molecules. The AqFresh™ complexation mechanism enables AqFresh™ to work as an odour neutraliser instead of an odour masking agent.

Bad odour molecules are quickly attracted to the AqFresh™ molecules, which in turn capture the bad smells and remove them from the air.

Tim Wright, chief executive of Aqdot, said: “We are very excited about this new partnership.  Essential Ingredients has great sales and marketing resources, supported by excellent formulation capability to bring this revolutionary technology to North America.

Aqdot establishes agreement with Essential Ingredients

“We have already been contacted by many companies in North America about our technologies, and we are delighted that this partnership now enables exceptional customer service to these companies and new ones.”

Kris Maynard, chief executive of Essential Ingredients, said: “We are excited to partner with Aqdot to bring a novel product to our customer base.  We are always searching for ways to expand our portfolio to better serve our customers, and we believe representing Aqdot in North America will allow us to do just that.

“We are grateful to Aqdot for this opportunity, and we look forward to building a successful partnership with its team.”

Aqdot establishes agreement with Essential Ingredients. AqFresh™ is a revolutionary new fragrance-free odour capture technology using Cucurbiturils.

Aqdot, the Cambridge, UK-based supramolecular chemistry company, has strengthened its commercial team with the appointment of an international business development professional.

Rodrigo Kopruszinski has taken on the newly created role of business development leader in the air quality sector. He will be focusing on new and existing products in professional cleaning, industrial, pet care and car cleaning both with Aqdot’s own AqFreshTM ingredients and opportunities for white label products for Europe.

In a career move to England, Rodrigo joins Aqdot from Novozymes, a world leader in biological solutions where he was account manager in the textile and leather sectors, with previous experience on the household care segment.

Rodrigo graduated from Universidade Federal do Parana in Brazil with a BE, Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering. He also studied an MBA at ESIC Business and Marketing School.

Rodrigo Kopruszinski said: “Aqdot has an amazing and very talented team of scientists who are continually discovering exciting new applications for the breakthrough new odour eliminator technology across a wide range of industries.

“The business has developed the ground-breaking new odour capture and emulsification technology with significant potential to unlock a wide range of game-changing innovation opportunities for manufacturers.

“Everyone in the very strong commercial team is focussed on delivering results and I am very excited to be joining at a time when the company is starting a period of significant growth.

“I am enjoying living and working in England, looking forward to the challenges ahead but not appreciating the weather so much!”

Tim Wright, chief executive of Aqdot, said: “Rodrigo is a welcome addition to the Aqdot commercial team.

“Aqdot is dedicated to commercialising the chemistry it has developed, and his international experience will further our capabilities to achieve this.

“Ambitious plans to work with customers in a wide range of sectors, from personal care and professional cleaning to agriculture are core to our business and Rodrigo’s expertise will prove invaluable.”

AqFresh™ is a revolutionary new fragrance-free odour capture technology using Cucurbiturils.

Aqdot, the Cambridge-based supramolecular chemistry company, has partnered with Mayborn Group, owner of award-winning, global baby brand Tommee Tippee®, to provide the technology behind the innovative new Tommee Tippee® nappy odour neutralising spray for the baby market.

As all parents know, the smells created when nappy changing are not a nice experience. The challenge is that parents don’t want to use artificial or strong fragrances around their baby to get rid of bad smells.

The new Tommee Tippee® nappy odour neutralising spray utilises Aqdot’s patented supramolecular chemistry Aq™Bit. It is a novel and versatile performance chemistry that is exceptional at capturing, holding and releasing materials; in this case capturing malodour molecules and eliminating them from the air. It is so effective that there is absolutely no need for any masking fragrances. Aqdot has achieved a Platinum Material Health Certificate (MHC) for AqBit, which is the highest possible certification level. This demonstrates that all of the chemical ingredients of a product are optimised towards safer materials.

Mayborn plans to sell the product with distinctive Tommee Tippee branding through major retailers and its own new e-commerce site. It will sell alongside the top-selling Tommee Tippee Nappy Bins and Twist & Click Refill system.

Aqdot is starting to grow fast in the license and supply of its patented technology and is extending its openness to partnerships with other businesses to use the unique, high performance Aq™Bit technology.

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, said: “We are delighted be working with Mayborn, to enable the company to use our unique chemistry to further develop its product range.

“To be working in partnership with a globally known brand is a significant achievement for Aqdot and something of which we are rightly proud.”

Peter Melville, Category Director at Mayborn Group, said: “When we were initially introduced to Aqdot it was obvious that there was a real synergy between the two businesses and an opportunity to work together. The licensing and supply of the Aq™Bit chemistry to Mayborn has enabled us to bring an innovative new baby and family-friendly product to the market.”

NOTES:

Aqdot® is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products. At the core of Aqdot is Aq™Bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a truly positive impact on the environment.

Tommee Tippee Nappy Odour Neutralising Spray

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AqFresh™ is a revolutionary new fragrance-free odour capture technology using Cucurbiturils.

AqStar™ M1 Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Aqdot Limited has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label for AqStar™ M1, its high performing emulsifier for personal care.

AqStar M1 will now display a unique USDA label that highlights its 91% biobased content.

Although AqStar M1 was only launched in 2018, it has already reached the consumer market and drawn interest from more than 100 companies, attracted by the stability of a naturally derived and versatile emulsifier with distinctive, prestige aesthetics.

Both ISO 16128 certified and non-genetically modified, AqStar M1 provides the formulation flexibility to produce a wide range of oil-in-water emulsions for hand, face, and body with characteristics of water-in-oil performance.

It accommodates polar and non-polar emollients of any Hydrophile-Lipophile Balance (HLB) requirement, as well as challenging aqueous ingredients (including extracts and preservatives) across a wide pH range and produces highly stable formulations with high levels of inorganic pigments and particulates.

AqStar M1 emulsions are glossy, show consistent and easy coverage on the skin, and dispense well from pumps, airless pumps, tubes or bottles, and even sprays.

A portfolio of proven off-the-shelf body, face and sunscreen AqStar M1 product concept formulations is available on request.

Aqdot CEO Tim Wright said “Aqdot is proud to have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. Today’s beauty consumer wants more naturally derived products, and we believe our new Biobased Certification for AqStar M1 will bring terrific benefits for formulators seeking high performing, versatile emulsifiers with proven high biobased content.”

“This success for AqStar M1, which follows on from last year’s award of Platinum Cradle to Cradle™ Material Health Certification, underlines Aqdot’s commitment to offer products that enable our customers to introduce differentiated brands while making a truly positive impact on the environment.”

AqStar M1 is distributed by ChemSpec in the US and Grolman in the EU.

If you would like further information on AqStar M1 or other Aqdot products, please contact us at info@aqdot.com.

Aqdot Completes Series B

Aqdot, the Cambridge-based supramolecular chemistry company has completed a Series B funding round of £6 million, supported by existing investors Parkwalk Advisors and IP Group. 

The investment accelerates commercialisation of Aq™Bit, the company’s proprietary platform chemistry, unique in its ability to capture, hold, and release materials as needed. 

Initially focusing in the high value sectors of Air Quality, Personal Care and Life Sciences, the Aqdot Solutions part of the business works in partnership with companies to develop, license and supply novel products.  This has the team working in areas from air filtering in transportation to delivery of therapeutics for cancer.  The first of a pipeline of products through this area is Acticote®, an agrochemical pod sealant recently launched with partner Intracrop (part of Frontier/ABF/Cargill).

In parallel the Aqdot Products part of the company has recently launched its own brands AqStar™ M1 and Oderase®.

Sold through a distributor network, AqStar M1 is a naturally-derived emulsifier that provides formulation flexibility and distinctive aesthetics, enabling high-performing cosmetics to be formulated using naturally-derived ingredients.  

Recently launched through Ocado, Oderase is the first and only fragrance-free odour erasing bathroom spray in the UK market. It has been approved by Allergy UK and Good Housekeeping and achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified™ SILVER level accreditation. Introduction of further products in the Oderase range as well as partnerships with leading household and personal care companies are in the pipeline.

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot said:  

“We are grateful to our shareholders for all of their support as we launch new products and excited to accelerate the build of our own commercial team while in parallel actively seeking new commercial partners.”

Alastair Kilgour, Co-Founder and Partner at Parkwalk said: 

“The Aqdot team has made rapid technical and commercial progress, we are pleased to support them as they move into the growth phase of the company pursuing revenues in numerous business verticals.” 

Kelsey Lynn Skinner, Venture Partner at IP Group said:

“We are pleased to be supporting Aqdot as the team works with existing and new partners to commercialise new products in global markets”



About Aqdot

Aqdot®is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products. At the core of Aqdot is AqBit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a positive impact on the environment. www.aqdot.com

About Parkwalk

Parkwalk is the UK leading growth EIS fund manager backing world-changing technologies emerging out of UK universities and research institutions. Parkwalk has invested in over 100 companies since it was founded in 2009, with the Global University Venturing organisation recently announcing Parkwalk as the world’s second most active investor in this sector 2013-17. In 2019 Parkwalk won ‘Best EIS Fund Manager’ at the EIS Association awards for the third year running. www.parkwalkadvisors.com.

About IP Group

IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The Group has pioneered a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital (through its 100%-owned FCA-authorised subsidiaries IP Capital and Parkwalk Advisors), networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in early-stage to mature businesses across life sciences and technology. IP Group is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO. For more information, please visit our website at www.ipgroupplc.com.

 

 

Oderase, the first and only fragrance-free, odour erasing bathroom spray in the UK market made by Aqdot, has been awarded the prestigious Cradle to Cradle certification at the Silver level based on an impartial and independent evaluation of the product’s Material Health, Material Reutilisation, Renewable Energy, Water Stewardship and Social Fairness. The assessment was conducted by MBDC, the original creators of the Cradle to Cradle Design™ framework.

Oderase is a fragrance-free odour erasing bathroom spray, leading the next generation of air fresheners. Now available on Ocado in the UK and slated to make it to the United States, its simple and water-based formulation contains Aqdot’s patented odour-eliminating technology Aq™Bit, which captures bad odours and erases them from the air.

This makes Oderase different from other air fresheners because it is so effective at erasing bad odours that it does not need to contain any masking fragrances. Oderase is sold in a pump action, propeller-free aerosol spray with up to 500 spritzes per bottle. 

The product has already been endorsed by the independent testing organisations Allergy UK and the Good Housekeeping Institute.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard – administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute – provides a continuous improvement pathway toward the development of quality products. With an overall product certification at the Silver level, Oderase demonstrates advanced work across all five attributes and will continue to improve and innovate as clearly proven with its Platinum level reached under the Material Health attribute. 

Aqdot also recently achieved a Platinum Material Health Certificate (MHC) for AqBit, the core technology underlying Oderase and other Aqdot products, including AqStar™ M1, a high-performing emulsifier for personal care products. 

“Creating safe and sustainable products is vitally important to Aqdot and to have Oderase independently certified by Cradle to Cradle is very rewarding,” said Dr Jing Zhang, co-founder and Marketing Director of Aqdot. “We were supported by MBDC to achieve the Silver level for Oderase, in addition to the Platinum level MHC for AqBit and AqStar M1. We will continue to improve and innovate to ensure that all our products reach the same high ethical standards.” 

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is becoming an international “gold standard” science-based quality certification, which acknowledges continuous improvement and innovation of products and processes towards the goal of being not just “less bad” but also “more good” for people and the planet.

“The science behind odour technology management can be challenging, as we would rather not mask a scent by adding chemicals to the air that may have harmful side effects,” said Jay Bolus, President of MBDC. “The Oderase product achieves this with its innovative formula, leaving behind no chemicals with potentially negative impacts to human health or the environment. This is what Cradle to Cradle certification is all about: creative innovation and adding value to the world of design & manufacturing, all while giving consumers and industry the safety, comfort and inspiration to create more good.”

For more information about Oderase and Aqdot, visit www.oderase.co.ukand www.aqdot.com, or contact Caroline Walker on 0044(0)1325 363436; and to learn about the Cradle to Cradle Design™ Framework and how to get on the path to certification, contact MBDC today.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Aqdot®is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products. At the core of Aqdot is Aq™Bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a truly positive impact on the environment.

MBDC is a firm founded in 1995 by world-renowned architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart. MBDC originated the Cradle to Cradle® design framework and the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products program. MBDC leads companies to create a world of good by assessing product designs and integrating the framework into corporate strategy, communications, operations, and supply chains. Using the process of inventory, assessment, and optimisation, MBDC provides unique technical expertise to develop sustainable circular economy solutions around material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social fairness. MBDC partners with clients to provide scientific assessments and spur design innovation to create a world of good.

Cradle to Cradle Design is a registered trademark of MBDC.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

 

Aqdot Appoints ChemSpec for US

Aqdot is expanding its global network with the appointment of ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Division as its US East Coast distributor for the innovative emulsifier AqStar™ M1.

AqStar M1 is a high-performing, naturally-derived emulsifier with the formulation flexibility to create a wide variety of natural skin care formulations with distinctive aesthetics. A naturally-derived alternative to synthetic emulsifiers, AqStar M1 is ISO 16128, non-genetically modified, and 90% plant-based. It solves the formulators’ challenge: finding a high-performance emulsification system with high natural content that also have great aesthetics.

Ohio-based ChemSpec distributes speciality ingredients into the North American cosmetics market. 

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with ChemSpec. Its experience in the sector and knowledge of the US cosmetics sector will be invaluable as we further expand the global reach of AqStar M1.”

ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Great, said: “AqStar M1 is a great, green ingredient addition to our cosmetics portfolio.”

AqStar M1 has been awarded a Cradle to Cradle®Platinum level Material Health Certificate (MHC). The MHC, issued by the Cradle to Cradle®Products Innovation Institute, uses the material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to demonstrate that companies know the chemical ingredients of every material in a product and optimise towards safer materials. The Platinum level of certification represents the highest level of the Material Health Certificate.

AqStar M1 is distributed in the EU by Grolman.

ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Division will be representing Aqdot at the annual NYSCC Suppliers’ Day show at Javits Center, New York on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 through Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Stop by their booth, #544, and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support. For additional information, contact Marie Graet for ChemSpec at email: mgraet@chemspecltd.com or visit website: www.chemspecltd.com; or contact Caroline Walker for Aqdot on +44 (0) 1325 363436 or visit website: www.aqdot.com.


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About Aqdot

Aqdot® is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products.  At the core of Aqdot is Aq™Bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry using Cucurbiturils that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a truly positive impact on the environment.

About ChemSpec

ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based SAFIC-ALCAN. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.

 

Aqdot Achieves Cradle to Cradle Platinum Material Health Certificate

Aqdot, the Cambridge, UK-based supramolecular chemistry company, has achieved a Platinum level Material Health Certificate (MHC) for AqStar™ M1, an exciting, flexible solution to the formulators’ quest for high-performing emulsification systems that are aesthetically distinctive.

 

A naturally-derived alternative to synthetic ingredients, AqStar M1 is both ISO 16128 and non-genetically modified and provides the formulation flexibility to produce a wide range of oil-in-water emulsion formulations for hand, face, and body products with characteristics of water-in-oil performance. With distinctive aesthetics, AqStar M1 offers consistent and easy coverage on the skin with no stickiness, glossy oil-in-water emulsions, and formulations that flow but do not drip. The formulations dispense well from pumps, airless pumps, tubes or bottles, some can even be sprayed.

 

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, the supramolecular chemistry company that brought AqStar M1 to the market, said: “The unique properties of AqStar M1 have already generated significant interest given the opportunity it creates to formulate new cosmetic products from a naturally-derived emulsifier. We are confident that we can positively disrupt the cosmetics market with an emulsifier that gives manufacturers a naturally derived alternative to synthetics that works exceptionally well.”

AqStar M1 accommodates polar and non-polar emollients of any Hydrophile-Lipophile Balance (HLB) requirement, as well as challenging aqueous ingredients (including extracts and preservatives) across a wide pH range. It also produces highly stable formulations with high levels of inorganic pigments and particulates.

Aqdot has worked closely with MBDC, the original creators of the Cradle to CradleDesign™ framework to assess the ingredients and processes used by Aqdot in creating AqStar M1. The MHC, issued by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, uses the material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to demonstrate that companies know the chemical ingredients of every material in a product and optimise towards safer materials. The Platinum level of certification represents the highest level of the Material Health Certificate. 

“With AqStar M1’s achievement of a Platinum Material Health Certificate, we are continuously demonstrating a commitment to offers products that enable our customers to introduce differentiated brand while making a truly positively impact on the environment,” added Wright.

“Oftentimes we’re faced with what we call ‘regrettable substitutions’ in the beauty and cosmetics industry and beyond, because we don’t always know the effects alternative chemistries will have on humans or the environment,” said Jay Bolus, President of MBDC. “By assessing Aqdot’s formula and process for AqStar M1 with such depth, we’re able to rest assured that there won’t be any harmful byproducts at any time of use. This ingredient will truly change the cosmetics industry with their abilities to maintain the desired function that manufacturers want for their products, while also giving consumers the guarantee that they won’t be exposed to harmful ingredients.”

Aqdot Achieves Cradle to Cradle Platinum Material Health Certificate For AqStar™ M1

For more information about Aqdot and its products, visit www.aqdot.com; and to learn about the Cradle to Cradle Design™ Framework and how to get on the path to certification, contact MBDCtoday.


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ABOUT AQDOT

Aqdot is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products. At the core of Aqdot is Aq™Bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a positive impact on the environment.

ABOUT MBDC

MBDC is a firm founded in 1995 by world-renowned architect William McDonough and chemist Dr Michael Braungart. MBDC originated the Cradle to Cradle Design™ framework and the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products program. MBDC leads companies to create a world of good by assessing product designs and integrating the framework into corporate strategy, communications, operations, and supply chains. Using the process of inventory, assessment, and optimisation, MBDC provides unique technical expertise to develop sustainable circular economy solutions around material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social fairness. MBDC partners with clients to provide scientific assessments and spur design innovation to create a world of good.

Cradle to Cradle Design is a registered trademark of MBDC.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
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Aqdot Achieves Platinum Level Material Health Certificate (MHC) 

Aqdot, the Cambridge, UK-based supramolecular chemistry company, has achieved a Platinum Material Health Certificate (MHC) for Aq™Bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. The assessment was conducted by MBDC, the original creators of the Cradle to Cradle Design™framework. 

 

Core to Aqdot’s technologies and products, AqBit has the potential to be game-changing in a wide range of industries, including odour and volatile organic compound management, personal care, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Products incorporating AqBit will enable customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a positive impact on the environment.

 

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, said: “Aqdot is very proud to have achieved the Platinum Material Health Certificate for AqBit. The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is a valuable third-party, independent endorsement of Aqdot’s sustainability credentials and a significant milestone in the development of our technology and products. We are proud to reaffirm our commitment to safe and sustainable products, and we will continue to build on this in the future.”

The MHC, issued by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, uses the material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to demonstrate that companies know the chemical ingredients of every material in a product, ensuring that no substances in the formula are a risk to humans or the environment during manufacturing, use or end-of-use, and that the company has committed to optimizing toward safer materials. The Platinum level of certification represents the highest level of the Material Health Certificate.

“Oftentimes we’re faced with what we call ‘regrettable substitutions’ in the chemical industry and beyond, because we don’t always know the effects alternative chemistries will have on humans or the environment,” said Jay Bolus, President of MBDC. “By assessing Aqdot’s formula and process for AqBit with such depth, we’re able to rest assured that there won’t be any harmful byproducts at any time of use. This ingredient will truly change the chemical industry with their abilities to maintain the desired function that manufacturers want for their products, while also giving consumers the guarantee that they won’t be exposed to harmful ingredients.”

Aqdot Achieves Platinum Level Material Health Certificate

For more information about Aqdot and its products, visit www.aqdot.com; and to learn about the Cradle to Cradle Design™ Framework and how to get on the path to certification, contact MBDC today.

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ABOUT AQDOT

Aqdot is a Cambridge (UK)-based supramolecular chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products. At the core of Aqdot is Aq™Bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry is game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands and make a positive impact on the environment.

ABOUT MBDC

MBDC is a firm founded in 1995 by world-renowned architect William McDonough and chemist Dr Michael Braungart. MBDC originated the Cradle to Cradle Design™ framework and the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products program. MBDC leads companies to create a world of good by assessing product designs and integrating the framework into corporate strategy, communications, operations, and supply chains. Using the process of inventory, assessment, and optimisation, MBDC provides unique technical expertise to develop sustainable circular economy solutions around material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social fairness. MBDC partners with clients to provide scientific assessments and spur design innovation to create a world of good.

Cradle to Cradle Design is a registered trademark of MBDC.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

 

Aqdot is delighted to announce the launch of Oderase, a unique odour-erasing spray for bathrooms.

 

Oderase is the first and only fragrance-free odour erasing bathroom and household spray in the UK market. It is sold, through Ocado, in a pump action, non-propellant-driven spray of 100 mL. at £4.99. Each bottle contains up to 500 spritzes.

 

Oderase is different from other air fresheners because it is so effective at erasing bad odours that it does not contain any fragrances. Further, thanks to the scientific breakthrough of successfully suspending the active ingredient in water it can be totally fragrance free, non-toxic and doesn’t need to use a propellant to be sprayed effectively. The technology really opens up the market for disruption both in zero and light fragrancing options for air fresheners.

 

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot ltd, said: “Our scientific team has made a significant breakthrough with this new technology, which enables materials to be captured, held and released in a way that no other chemistries can. It has wide applications, including removal of odour and volatile organic compounds from the environment, personal care and life sciences. This unique technology has now been made available to those Ocado customers who want to ensure that their homes are free from unpleasant odours. It works instantly and does not present the alternative smells associated with fragrance-based air fresheners. We have delivered a safe, non-toxic product in a pump spray container which is proven to be effective.”

 

He added: “We are pleased that Oderase has been independently approved by the Good Housekeeping Institute and Allergy UK, which will give consumers confidence in the veracity of the product and be borne out by successful sales.”

Aqdot appoints Grolman, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals

Aqdot, the Cambridge (UK)-based performance chemistry company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Grolman Group (Grolman), a leading distributor of speciality chemicals, to launch their novel, naturally-derived emulsifier AqStar™ M1 in the EU.

 

AqStar M1 is a high-performing, naturally-derived emulsifier with the formulation flexibility to create a wide variety of natural skin care formulations with distinctive aesthetics.

 

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, said:

“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Grolman. The quality of their sales and distribution teams combined with their rich experience with innovative specialty chemicals provides an excellent platform to introduce AqStar M1.”

 

Florian Grolman, Managing Director of Grolman, said:

“We are pleased to have been appointed to distribute this innovative emulsifier to the cosmetics industry. The unique properties of AqStar M1 have already generated significant interest given the opportunity it creates to formulate new cosmetic products from a naturally-derived emulsifier”

 

Aqdot appoints Grolman, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals

 

About Aqdot

Aqdot®is a Cambridge (UK)-based performance chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products.

 

At the core of Aqdot is a novel and versatile performance chemistry using Cucurbiturils that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials. In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry has the potential to be game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

 

Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and make a truly positive impact on the environment.

 

About Grolman

The Grolman Group operates an international specialty ingredients distribution business. It is composed of individual sales offices based in all European countries, each supported by technically trained sales staff, customer service teams and local warehousing.

 

The Grolman Group, run by the fifth generation of the Grolman family, has been privately owned since it was established in 1855. The key to its success has been the dedication and commitment to building an efficient customer-focused organization where customers’ needs are an essential driving force.

 

Aqdot is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 grant of €50,000 to assist the technical and commercial feasibility study of its odour and volatile organic compound (VOC) management technology AqFresh.

 

Funded by the European Union, the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument supports Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and breakthrough innovation projects with a market-creating potential.

 

This grant will allow Aqdot to continue building the business case of the AqFresh innovation in its focus markets by gaining a deeper understanding of customer needs, validating target sector attractiveness, and gaining sufficient market insight for value extraction.

 

Tim Wright, Aqdot’s CEO said:“Aqdot is grateful to the European Union and Horizon 2020 SME Instrument for this award. It is well known that this is an extremely competitive process. The award is a welcome validation of our innovative, proprietary technology in odour and VOC management and its significant commercial potential in creating multiple global markets.”

 

Aqdot Exhibits at In-Cosmetics Global

Aqdot is exhibiting at In-Cosmetics Global in Amsterdam on 17-19 April 2018.

 

Come visit us at Stand A140 to talk with our experts and experience our product.

Aqdot Exhibits at In-Cosmetics Global

About Aqdot

Aqdot® is a Cambridge (UK)-based performance chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products.

 

At the core of Aqdot is Aq™bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials.

 

In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry has the potential to be game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

 

Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and make a truly positive impact on the environment.

Aqdot, the Cambridge (UK) based performance chemistry company, is pleased to announce completion of a commercialisation agreement with Intracrop. Intracrop is a leading supplier of proprietary and innovative crop treatments. Aqdot’s innovative technology will be applied to improve oilseed rape yields by reducing the incidence of pod shatter.

 

Tim Wright, CEO at Aqdot said:

 

“We are delighted to have signed this commercial agreement with Intracrop. Their strong, established distribution network and expertise in adjuvants, crop nutritiion and water conditioning products provide an excellent platform to address challenges in agriculture using the Aqdot technology. It is also exciting to bring innovation to the farm that will provide UK agriculture with the opportunity to protect oilseed rape yields and improve grower economics”.

 

Duncan Findlay, Techncial Director at Intracrop said:

 

“We are pleased to be working with Aqdot on the development of this novel pod sealing product. The development process with this unique encapsulation system has run smoothly and following positive field trials we are now pleased to have progressed to a commercialisation agreement.”

 

About Aqdot

 

Aqdot is a specialist chemical company based in Cambridge (UK). The Company specialises in developing and commercialising disruptive encapsulation technologies that enable valuable actives (cargos) to be protected, delivered and released when required. We interact with encapsulated products throughout our day, be it the materials and fuels in our transportation, flavourings in our food, fragrances in our toiletries or medicines we may take. To date the challenge has been in triggering encapsulation systems to release their cargo when the customer needs them. For example, the release of enzymes in a biological detergent when they enter the wash so they can take away stains. It is this unique proprietary capability that Aqdot’s platform technology delivers.

 

This approach enables Aqdot’s customers to increase product effectiveness, introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and positively impact the environment. Originally spun out of Cambridge University, Aqdot is currently focused in developing products in the household, fragrance and niche industrial sectors. Future potential applications include crop enhancment and pharmaceuticals.

 

For further information, please visit www.aqdot.com.

 

About Intracrop

 

Intracrop is the leading company in the Adjuvant, Foliar Nutrition and Water Conditioning sectors for Agriculture and Horticulture.

 

Established for more than forty years with widescale activities in the UK and Europe. Intracrop’s extensive product range includes many patented, exclusive and technically innovative solutions for a large number of crop situations.

 

To produce top quality crops requires advanced input technology and that is the focus of Intracrop’s business mission. A combination of high spec research, production and first class distributors, backed by staff expertise, means that farmers can reliably GROW WITH INTRACROP

 

For further information, please visit http://www.intracrop.co.uk.

Aqdot announces appointment of Chief Technology Officer

Aqdot, the Cambridge (UK) based specialist chemical company, with a focus in intelligent encapsulation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joop de Rooij as Chief Technical Officer.

Joop brings a wealth of experience in the development and scale-up of processes into economic profitable operations. Prior to joining he fulfilled senior management roles in Technology, Research & Development and Manufacturing at Akzo Nobel and Albemarle Corporation.

Tim Wright, CEO at Aqdot, said:

“We are delighted to have Joop join our team. As Aqdot continues to grow rapidly Joop’s experience and expertise in scale up and establishment of manufacturing capabilities will prove invaluable.”

For further information, please contact:

Aqdot Ltd

Tim Wright, CEO

Tel: 01223 928000

 

About Aqdot®

Aqdot is a specialist chemical company based in Cambridge (UK).  The Company specialises in developing and commercialising disruptive encapsulation technologies that enable valuable actives (cargos) to be protected, delivered and released when required.

In this modern age we interact with encapsulated products throughout our day, be it the materials and fuels in our transportation, flavourings in our food, fragrances in our toiletries or the pharmaceuticals we may take. To date the challenge has been in triggering encapsulation systems to release their cargo when the customer needs them. For example, the release of enzymes in a biological detergent when they enter the wash so they can take away stains. It is this unique proprietary capability that Aqdot™’s platform technology delivers.

This approach enables Aqdot’s customers to increase product effectiveness, introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and positively impact the environment. Originally spun out of Cambridge University, Aqdot is currently focused in developing products in the household, fragrance and niche industrial sectors.  Future potential applications include agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

For further information, please visit www.aqdot.com.

Aqdot is pleased to announce completion of an oversubscribed series A funding round of £5m. Touchstone Innovations led the round alongside Parkwalk Advisors, Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, and Providence Investment Company.

Aqdot operates in the rapidly growing encapsulation market, currently valued at £4bn.  Its proprietary technologies encapsulate and protect valuable active materials (cargos) in a variety of settings. Uniquely, using a variety of triggers, this enables the release of cargos when and where the customer requires.

Aqdot is now engaged with customers across a number of sectors. Initially the company is focusing on household products, fragrances and niche industrial applications. Future potential applications include agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot said:

“With such a fantastic platform, technology focus is key.  Over recent months, working with our investors, the team has developed a strategic plan, tailored our technology and completed our first agreements with target customers.  We are delighted to have completed this round of funding, which enables us to progress our products to market.”

Kelsey Lynn Skinner, Director Technology Ventures at Touchstone Innovations said:

“Aqdot has taken significant steps forward since the last funding round in particular in customer engagement and application-specific technology development.  Aqdot has a strong team in place, and we are proud to lead this Series A round alongside other leading co-investors to enable the continued execution of the strategy”.

For further information, please contact:

Aqdot Ltd

Tim Wright, CEO

Tel: 01223 928000

 

About Aqdot®

Aqdot is a specialist chemical company based in Cambridge (UK).  The Company specialises in developing and commercialising disruptive encapsulation technologies that enable valuable actives (cargos) to be protected, delivered and released when required.

In this modern age we interact with encapsulated products throughout our day, be it the materials and fuels in our transportation, flavourings in our food, fragrances in our toiletries or the pharmaceuticals we may take. To date the challenge has been in triggering encapsulation systems to release their cargo when the customer needs them. For example, the release of enzymes in a biological detergent when they enter the wash so they can take away stains. It is this unique proprietary capability that Aqdot’s platform technology delivers.

This approach enables Aqdot’s customers to increase product effectiveness, introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and positively impact the environment.Originally spun out of Cambridge University, Aqdot is currently focused in developing products in the household, fragrance and niche industrial sectors.  Future potential applications include agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals

For further information, please visit www.aqdot.com.

 

About Touchstone Innovations

Touchstone Innovations Business LLP creates, builds and invests in pioneering technology companies and licensing opportunities developed from outstanding scientific research from the ‘Golden Triangle’, the geographical region broadly bounded by London, Cambridge and Oxford. This area has an unrivalled cluster of outstanding academic research and technology businesses, and is home to four of the world’s top 10 universities, as well as leading research institutions, the cream of the UK’s science and technology businesses and many of its leading investors.

Innovations supports scientists and entrepreneurs in the commercialisation of their ideas, through the licensing of intellectual property, by leading the formation of new companies, by recruiting high-calibre management teams and by providing investment and encouraging co-investment. Innovations remains an active investor over the life of its portfolio companies, with the majority of Innovations’ investment going into businesses in which it is already a shareholder.

Since becoming a public company in 2006, Innovations has raised more than £346.0 million of equity from investors, which has enabled it to invest in some of the most exciting spin-outs to come out of UK academic research. In addition, the Group has agreed £80.0 million in loan facilities from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Between Innovations’ admission to AIM (August 2006) and 31 July 2015, Innovations has invested a total of £236.8 million across its portfolio companies, which have raised collectively investment of £1.3 billion.

More information can be found at http://www.touchstoneinnovations.co.uk

 

About Parkwalk Advisors

Parkwalk is an independent investment firm dedicated to providing clients with access to some of the most exciting deal-flow emanating from British R&D intensive institutions and Universities. Parkwalk invests in, and raises capital for, innovative UK technology companies. The Funds are investment-driven venture capital funds, seeking capital appreciation. Parkwalk portfolio companies all have deeply-embedded IP and commercial potential, and range from early stage seed capital, through development and commercial capital to AIM-listed investments.

More information can be found at www.parkwalkadvisors.com

 

About Cambridge Enterprise

Cambridge Enterprise Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, responsible for the commercialisation of University intellectual property. Activities include management and licensing of intellectual property and patents, proof of concept funding and support for University staff and research groups wishing to provide expert advice or facilities to public and private sector organisations. Cambridge Enterprise provides access to angel and early stage capital through Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds, University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partners, and offers business planning, mentoring, and other related programmes.

More information can be found at http://www.enterprise.cam.ac.uk

Aqdot Relocates to New Premises

Aqdot is delighted to announce the relocation of the company to a superior office and laboratory in Iconix Park as they continue to grow their offering of innovative technologies and products.

The new premises, Iconix Park, is situated seven miles south of Cambridge in the heart of the Cambridge Cluster. Housing some of the Cambridge businesses that are driving the local economy, Iconix Park successfully addressed the demand for quality, affordable lab and office space.

Tim Wright, the CEO of Aqdot, said: “We were thrilled to find such a nice and well-served space. Our new location and enhanced operational efficiencies will help us to grow and continue to develop to game-changing technologies and products in a wide range of industries.”

Aqdot Relocates to New Premises

About Aqdot

Aqdot® is a Cambridge (UK)-based performance chemistry company with a focus and expertise in developing, licensing and selling novel proprietary products.

At the core of Aqdot is Aq™bit, a novel and versatile performance chemistry using Cucurbiturils that has exceptional capability at capturing, holding and releasing materials.

In unique and proprietary formulations, this chemistry has the potential to be game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household and personal care products, fragrances, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and make a truly positive impact on the environment.

Aqdot Closes £2.55m Funding Round

Aqdot a specialist chemical company originally spun out of Cambridge University, with a focus in intelligent encapsulation, has completed a £2.55m oversubscribed funding round.

The round was led by Touchstone Innovations, alongside Cambridge Enterprise, Providence Investment Company and Parkwalk Advisors. Due to the potentially significant environmental benefit of the technology, the company has also been supported by Climate-KIC, receiving approximately €135,000 through different Climate-KIC funded initiatives.

Aqdot will use the funds to further develop and commercialise its platform encapsulation technology. The company’s proprietary technology, originally developed at the University of Cambridge, enables valuable active products to be protected, delivered and chemically programmed to release where and when required.  The technology can be game changing in a wide range of sectors including oil and gas,  pharmaceuticals and household products.  It enables customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and make a positive impact on the environment.

As an illustration, in biological laundry products enzymes are a vital part of the ‘cleaning power’.  Currently the enzymes are substantially destroyed by other detergent components before use. By encapsulating the enzymes, in Aqdot’s “AQ-wash” product, it is possible to protect them and programme them to release only at the start of the wash. This reduces the amount of enzyme and detergent needed for a wash cycle and enables a lower temperature wash, resulting in significant carbon dioxide reduction.

Aqdot Closes Funding Round

Tim Wright, CEO at Aqdot, said:

“The continued support from our seed investors and interest from new investors demonstrates the robustness of our technology and underlines the rapid progress Aqdot is making. This funding round enables us to continue to innovate and develop our products in parallel while taking the first wave through to commercialisation. I am grateful to former CEO John Hamlin and the Aqdot team for making this possible.”

Kelsey Lynn Skinner, Director Technology Ventures at Touchstone Innovations, said:

“We are proud to lead this round of investment alongside top-notch co-investors. Aqdot is a perfect example of high quality science leading to novel products, with many potential benefits to industry and society.”

For further information, please contact:

Aqdot Ltd

Tim Wright, CEO

01223 334 319

 

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About Aqdot® – http://www.aqdot.com/

Aqdot is a specialist chemical company with a focus and expertise in intelligent encapsulation technology.  Aqdot’s proprietary technology and know-how enables valuable active products to be protected, delivered and chemically programmed to release where and when required.

This unique and disruptive platform technology, originally discovered and spun out of Cambridge University, has the potential to be game-changing in a wide range of industries, including household products such as detergents, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, agrochemicals, cosmetics, food, paint, fragrances and personal products.

Identifying unmet needs in these sectors, Aqdot develops products that enable our customers to introduce novel and differentiated brands, reduce manufacturing costs and make a truly positive impact on the environment.

 

About Touchstone Innovations

Touchstone Innovations Business LLP creates, builds and invests in pioneering technologies developed from the academic research within the ‘Golden Triangle’ broadly bounded by London, Cambridge and Oxford, which is home to the UK’s four leading research-intensive universities.

This area is home to many new technology companies through its proximity to the academic communities of Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University College London, as well as other leading research institutions.

Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University College London collectively have research income of £1.4 billion per annum and are ranked as four of the top ten Universities in the world (source: QS World University Rankings 2014/15).

Innovations supports scientists and entrepreneurs in the commercialisation of their ideas through the licensing of intellectual property, by leading the formation of new companies, providing facilities in the early stages, providing investment and encouraging co-investment to accelerate development, providing operational expertise and recruiting high-calibre management teams. It also runs an incubator in London that is the initial home for many of its technology spin-outs.

Since admission of its shares to trading on AIM in 2006, Innovations has raised more than £346.0 million of equity from investors, which has enabled it to invest in some of the most exciting spin-outs to come out of UK academic research. In addition, the Group has a £30.0 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for investment in biotech and therapeutics businesses.

During the period from admission on AIM up until 31 July 2014, Innovations has invested a total of £176.0 million across its portfolio companies, which have raised collectively investment of £822.5 million.

 

About Parkwalk Advisors

Parkwalk is an independent investment firm dedicated to providing clients with access to some of the most exciting deal-flow emanating from British R&D intensive institutions and Universities. Parkwalk invests in, and raises capital for, innovative UK technology companies. The Funds are investment-driven venture capital funds, seeking capital appreciation. Parkwalk portfolio companies all have deeply-embedded IP and commercial potential, and range from early stage seed capital, through development and commercial capital to AIM-listed investments. More information can be found at www.parkwalkadvisors.com.

 

About Cambridge Enterprise – http://www.enterprise.cam.ac.uk

Cambridge Enterprise Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, responsible for the commercialisation of University intellectual property. Activities include management and licensing of intellectual property and patents, proof of concept funding and support for University staff and research groups wishing to provide expert advice or facilities to public and private sector organisations. Cambridge Enterprise provides access to angel and early stage capital through Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds, University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partners, and offers business planning, mentoring, and other related programmes.

 

About Climate-KIC – http://www.climate-kic.org/

Climate-KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative. It is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Climate-KIC consists of companies, academic institutions and the public sector.

The organisation has its headquarters in London, UK, and leverages its centres across Europe to support start-up companies, to bring together partners on innovation projects and to educate students to bring about a connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into products and services that help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Climate-KIC currently has centres in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, a Nordic centre in Denmark and is represented in the regions of Valencia, Central Hungary, Emilia Romagna, Lower Silesia, Hessen and the West Midlands.

Climate-KIC is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the EU body tasked with creating sustainable European growth while dealing with the global challenges of our time.

Aqdot Appoints New CEO

Aqdot, a specialist chemical company with a focus in intelligent encapsulation, announces the appointment of Tim Wright as Chief Executive Officer.

Tim brings a wealth of experience having successfully developed, licensed and grown brands and businesses at all stages of their lifecycle.  Prior to joining he co-founded Solent Pharma Ltd, a privately held speciality pharmaceutical company and has undertaken consulting projects supporting a variety of businesses as they develop growth and funding strategies. Previously Tim was CEO of IS Pharma plc, which he led through turnaround to become a substantial, profitable business. Tim has previously held senior domestic and international commercial roles with Élan, SmithKline Beecham and Pfizer.

Tim succeeds Dr John Hamlin, a company founder who has been CEO since 2012. John will remain actively involved and serve on the board as a non-executive director.  John led Aqdot during its rapid growth from concept to a successful specialist chemical company that has raised in excess of £3.5m funding to date.

Dr Peter Fields, Non-Executive Chairman at Aqdot, said:

“We are delighted to have Tim join our team. His experience with early-stage companies and expertise in product and business development will prove invaluable as we develop and grow Aqdot.”

“On behalf of the Board I would like to extend our thanks to John for the vital role he has played in building Aqdot and I am very pleased that he will continue to work with the company as a director and advisor”.

Tim Wright, CEO at Aqdot, said:

“The combination of disruptive, proprietary technology, a world-class scientific team coupled with a strong, supportive board and  investor group make this a very exciting opportunity.  Our encapsulation technology will be game-changing across a number of high value sectors from household products to pharmaceuticals to oil and gas.  I am delighted to be leading the Aqdot team as we drive the growth and value of the business.”

Aqdot Appoints New CEO

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Global University Venturing: Imperial leads by Gregg Bayes-Brown, 12 December 2013

Imperial College London’s tech transfer unit Imperial Innovations (II) has led a seed round worth nearly £1m ($1.6m) for Cambridge University spin-out Aqdot.

II, which invested £350,000 of the total, was joined in participation by the university’s own tech transfer unit Cambridge Enterprise as well as investors Parkwalk Advisors and Providence Investment Company. As part of the deal, Kelsey Lynn, director at II, will join the Aqdot board of directors.

Aqdot is developing chemical encapsulation technology which allows tiny droplets to carry active materials, such as cleaning enzymes for detergents and agrochemicals for crops. Funds raised by the seed round will be used to further develop Aqdot’s technology as well as securing new partnerships.

Roger Coulston, co-founder at Aqdot, said: “Instead of licensing to industry, we decided to form a company and to commercialise the technology through active industry engagement. We chose as funding partner Imperial Innovations because of their experience and insight in building high-growth companies based on academic research. We look forward to creating early value with this disruptive and novel technology through a number of partnerships in different industry segments.”

More information on Global University Venturing.

Cabume: Rising star Aqdot by Lautaro Vargas, 11 December 2013

A year old startup pushing a new encapsulation technology with the potential to disrupt a range of industries from farming to big pharma is gunning for early revenues through major partnerships following a £1 million seed fundraising round.

Aqdot Ltd spun out of Cambridge University’s Department of Chemistry at the end of 2012 to further a technology with the ability to enclose materials in capsules between 10 and 100 micrometres in diameter, while accurately controlling both the capsule structure and the core content.

Beyond being quicker than existing industry techniques, this ‘one-step’ process also allows for a far more controlled release of the microcapsule contents through a range of different stimuli, whether it’s drugs in the body or sealants in aircraft construction.

The company has generated a lot of interest including national broadsheet newspaper coverage and has won several business plan competitions from Cambridge University’s own CUE awards to a €20,000 European venture competition.

Having decided to build a company rather than just sell licenses, Aqdot now plans to use the money to ramp up development of the technology and grow new partnerships in its selected markets.

The appeal of the spin-out road for Aqdot lies in its belief that its technology is suitable for pretty much the entire micro encapsulation industry, a $40 billion opportunity that covers oil and gas, paper, textiles, pharma and medicine, adhesives, household and personal care, food and paints and coatings.

The company will need to have more focus early on, but says its Investors – who are Imperial Innovations, Cambridge Enterprise, Parkwalk Advisors, and Providence Investment Company – leave it well placed for rapid growth

Imperial Innovations’s Kelsey Lynn, who has joined the Aqdot board of directors, says there is already interest from a variety of large corporates and believes a company can emerge that can change the landscape of controlled release functionality in encapsulation.

She said: “Aqdot benefits from a wealth of research undertaken at one of the world’s leading chemistry departments,” adding, “We are excited to be involved with the company at this early stage in its development.”

Imperial Innovations is also supplying the company’s launch CEO in Dr John Hamlin, its own Entrepreneur-in-Residence who has 25 years of experience in senior business and technology positions in BP Chemicals. Aqdot has also recruited as chairman, Dr Peter Fields.

“We chose as funding partner Imperial Innovations because of their experience and insight in building high-growth companies based on academic research,” said Aqdot co-founder and CSO, Roger Coulston. “We look forward to creating early value with this disruptive and novel technology through a number of partnerships in different industry segments.”

More information on Cabume.

Business Weekly: Thanks a million by Kate Sweeney, 10 December 2013

Imperial Innovations has invested £350k and led a new seed funding round of almost £1 million ($1.6 million) into Aqdot Limited.

Cambridge Enterprise, Parkwalk Advisors, and Providence Investment Company joined Innovations in the investment round.

The funds will be used to further the development of the Aqdot technology and partnerships with companies in the selected markets.

Aqdot has developed a proprietary and disruptive chemical encapsulation technology that enables extremely tiny droplets to be produced to carry ‘active materials’: for example cleaning enzymes used in domestic detergents, and agrochemicals for crop treatment.

The high stability and robustness of the droplets allows for a finely controlled release of the contained ingredients while using much less encapsulation material than traditional products.

In addition to giving value to producers and consumers, the reduction in wasted active materials also yields significant environmental and sustainability benefits.

The company is engaged with a number of interested corporate partners across a variety of industries and is prioritising opportunities in home care, personal care, nutraceuticals and agrochemicals.

The science that underpins Aqdot technology was developed at Cambridge University Department of Chemistry under senior academics Professor Chris Abell and Dr Oren Scherman, both of whom join Aqdot’s Scientific Advisory Board.

The Cambridge University co-inventors Dr Jing Zhang and Dr Roger Coulston join the company as director operations and chief scientific officer, respectively.

Innovations Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dr John Hamlin joins as the launch CEO bringing his 25 years of experience in senior business and technology positions in BP Chemicals.

The company has recruited as chairman, Dr Peter Fields, who, after 20 years at ICI, implemented a buy-and-build strategy as COO to grow European specialty chemical distribution company, Azelis, from €330m to €1.1bn in revenue.

Innovations Director Kelsey Lynn joins the Aqdot board of directors.

Kelsey Lynn, director technology ventures at Innovations, said: “We are delighted to lead this investment round alongside Cambridge Enterprise and other high quality investors to build a company that can change the landscape of controlled release functionality in encapsulation.

“Aqdot benefits from a wealth of research undertaken at one of the world’s leading chemistry departments and is already receiving interest from a variety of large corporates. We are excited to be involved with the company at this early stage in its development.”

Roger Coulston, co-founder and CSO at Aqdot Ltd, added: “Instead of licensing to industry, we decided to form a company and to commercialise the technology through active industry engagement.

“We chose as funding partner Imperial Innovations because of their experience and insight in building high-growth companies based on academic research. We look forward to creating early value with this disruptive and novel technology through a number of partnerships in different industry segments.”

More information on Business Weekly.

Aqdot successfully closes seed funding round – Touchstone Innovations Business LLPc (AIM: IVO, ‘Innovations’), a leading technology commercialisation and investment group, has invested £350k and led a new seed funding round of almost £1 million ($1.6 million) into Aqdot Limited. Cambridge Enterprise, Parkwalk Advisors, and Providence Investment Company joined Touchstone in the investment round.

The funds raised in this round will be used to further the development of the Aqdot technology and partnerships with companies in the selected markets.

Aqdot has developed a proprietary and disruptive chemical encapsulation technology that enables extremely tiny droplets to be produced to carry ‘active materials’: for example cleaning enzymes used in domestic detergents, and agrochemicals for crop treatment. The high stability and robustness of the droplets allows for a finely controlled release of the contained ingredients while using much less encapsulation material than traditional products. In addition to giving value to producers and consumers, the reduction in wasted active materials also yields significant environmental and sustainability benefits.

The company is engaged with a number of interested corporate partners across a variety of industries and is prioritising opportunities in home care, personal care, nutraceuticals and agrochemicals.

The science that underpins Aqdot technology was developed at Cambridge University Department of Chemistry under senior academics Professor Chris Abell and Dr Oren Scherman, both of whom join Aqdot’s Scientific Advisory Board. The Cambridge University co-inventors Dr Jing Zhang and Dr Roger Coulston join the company as Director Operations and Chief Scientific Officer, respectively.

Innovations Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dr John Hamlin joins as the launch CEO bringing his 25 years of experience in senior business and technology positions in BP Chemicals. The Company has recruited as Chairman, Dr Peter Fields, who, after 20 years at ICI, implemented a buy-and-build strategy as COO to grow European specialty chemical distribution company, Azelis, from €330m to €1.1b in revenue.

Innovations Director Kelsey Lynn joins the Aqdot board of directors.

Kelsey Lynn, Director Technology Ventures at Innovations, said:

“We are delighted to lead this investment round alongside Cambridge Enterprise and other high quality investors to build a company that can change the landscape of controlled release functionality in encapsulation.

Aqdot benefits from a wealth of research undertaken at one of the world’s leading chemistry departments and is already receiving interest from a variety of large corporates. We are excited to be involved with the company at this early stage in its development.”

Roger Coulston, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Aqdot Ltd, said:

“Instead of licensing to industry, we decided to form a company and to commercialize the technology through active industry engagement. We chose as funding partner Touchstone Innovations because of their experience and insight in building high-growth companies based on academic research. We look forward to creating early value with this disruptive and novel technology through a number of partnerships in different industry segments.”

 

Growth Business: Cambridge spin-out Aqdot – 10 December 2013

Having been spun-out from the University of Cambridge at the end of 2012, Aqdot has secured the capital it needs to further develop its technology.

The science behind the business was developed at the university’s Department of Chemistry by Chris Abell and Oren Scherman and involves the manufacturing of structures for encapsulating actives.

The chemical encapsulation technology allows very small droplets to be produced to carry what the company calls ‘active materials’ – such as those used in domestic detergents and agrochemicals.

Roger Coulston, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Aqdot, comments, ‘Instead of licensing to industry, we decided to form a company and to commercialise the technology through active industry engagement.

‘We chose as funding partner Imperial Innovations because of their experience and insight in building high-growth companies based on academic research.’

Joining Imperial Innovations, which is contributing £350,00 towards the round, and Cambridge Enterprise as investors are Parkwalk Advisors and Providence Investment Company.

Aqdot says that it is engaged with a number of interested corporate partners in a variety of industries, with priorities being made in the home care, personal care, nutraceuticals and agrochemicals areas.

Kelsey Lynn, director for Technology Ventures at Imperial Innovations, says, ‘We are delighted to lead this investment round alongside Cambridge Enterprise and other high-quality investors to build a company that can change the landscape of controlled realise functionality in encapsulation.

‘Aqdot benefits from a wealth of research undertaken at one of the world’s leading chemistry departments and is already receiving interest from a variety of large corporates.’

More information can be found on growthbusiness.co.uk.

The Observer: Cambridge’s leading tech startups – The Guardian, The Observer

Nicola Davis, 1 December 2013

Jing Zhang (1), director of operations, and Roger Coulston (2) CSO

Company launched: 2012

What it does Aqdot has developed and patented new technology for creating microcapsules filled with a range of active ingredients.

These ingredients can then be released, under control – a technique that can be tuned to myriad applications.

“The early priorities are the home care, personal care, nutraceuticals and agrochemicals markets,” says Zhang

Cambridge’s leading tech startups

Why Cambridge? The company has close links to the University of Cambridge chemistry department, while the city’s ability to attract talent is also beneficial, as is its accommodating and supportive entrepreneurial community. “This is ideal for a young start-up like us,” says Zhang.

Future Plans The next few years should see Aqdot develop significantly. “The primary opportunity is for us to grow by licensing the technology,” says Zhang. “This would be among a variety of other business models including straight licensing, joint development agreements, joint ventures and production of our product.” Work is currently underway to commercialise the technology.

The Observer: Cambridge’s leading tech startups

The full coverage can be found on The Observer.

 

Business Weekly: Ones to watch: Aqdot – Business Weekly

Kate Sweeney, 8 July 2013

Aqdot is a young but diverse company requiring expertise in multiple fields including polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, microfluidics, biological chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering, administration, sales and marketing.

The University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry spinout recently won the first RSC Emerging Technologies Competition for 2013. The event was organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry to identify and support research-intensive small enterprises and academics on the path to commercialise technology in chemical sciences with significant potential impact for the UK economy.

Microencapsulation is currently a multi-billion-per-annum industry with established applications in food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and personal care products. The current unmet consumer demand is to produce sustainable and inexpensive capsules that can be triggered to release bio-macromolecules.

To address this critical industry challenge over the next decades, Aqdot has developed an innovative technology to produce microcapsules with greatly simplified manufacturing procedure and unprecedented ability to encapsulate and release enzymes, antibodies and other high value materials.

Aqdot is building a prototype for the consumer products that will act as a demonstrator for the many other possible applications.

Business Weekly: Ones to watch: Aqdot

The full coverage can be found on Business Weekly.

The Engineer: Team plans faster production – The Engineer

Stephen Harris, 14 February 2012

Technology for more controlled drug delivery could be produced hundreds of times faster than with existing methods thanks to new research.

Scientists at Cambridge University have developed a faster process for manufacturing microcapsules — tiny spheres filled with drugs, pesticides or other substances — that also enables more precise control over when their contents are released.

The researchers have used microfluidics — where chemicals are combined in tiny sub-millimetre channels — to create droplets of a mixture that spontaneously assembles into capsules. These can then be broken down with light, heat or changes in pH.

‘Microfluidics has a very high frequency of generating those droplets and therefore capsules,’ PhD student Jing Zhang, lead author on the research, told The Engineer.

‘Currently I’ve only been doing a frequency of 300 to 3,000 droplets per second but it could go up to 100,000 droplets per second easily.’ Conventional methods produce around a couple of hundred microcapsules per second, she added.

Microcapsules are used to slowly release drugs inside the body, disperse pesticides over crops, add flavours or nutrients to food and even to release sealants in manufacturing processes.

The shell of the capsules either degrades over time or is broken down mechanically to release the contents. But the capsules produced through Cambridge’s method are more susceptible to other stimuli and so the release can be coordinated.

This could be particularly useful in manufacturing complex structures such as aircraft, where sealants usually need to be applied to parts one small area at a time to ensure a precise enough fit, said Zhang. ‘Potentially we could apply a signal and all the glue would be released in one go.’

The Engineer: Team plans faster production

The full report can be found in The Engineer.

C&EN: Easy Route to Microcapsules – Chemical and Engineering News

February 13, 2012 (p37)

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have used supramolecular host-guest chemistry to fabricate cargo-carrying microcapsules from microfluidic droplets in a single step (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1215416). Oren A. Scherman, Chris Abell, and coworkers chose cucurbit[8]uril as the host molecule because it can form a ternary complex with two guests—in this case, methyl viologen attached to gold nanoparticles and a naphthol-containing copolymer. The researchers combined individual solutions of the three components in a microfluidic device to form a single aqueous phase. The oil phase shears droplets off the aqueous phase at a T junction. As the oil phase carries the droplets through a winding channel, the components combine to form hollow micro capsules consisting of a dispersion of gold nanoparticles in a polymer mesh held together by cucurbit[8]uril. The size of the microcapsules ranges from 10 to 24 μm and varies with the ratio of the oil and aqueous flow rates. The researchers can load a variety of cargo—such as drugs, biological molecules, and even cells—in the microcapsules by adding a fourth solution to the aqueous phase during fabrication.

C&EN: Easy Route to Microcapsules

Cambridge University Research News: “Smart” microcapsules – Cambridge University Research News

11 February 2012

A new, single-step method of fabricating microcapsules, which have potential commercial applications in industries including medicine, agriculture and diagnostics, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. The findings are published Friday (10 February) in the journal Science.

The ability to enclose materials in capsules between 10 and 100 micrometres in diameter, while accurately controlling both the capsule structure and the core contents, is a key concern in biology, chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science.

Currently, producing microcapsules is labour-intensive and difficult to scale up without sacrificing functionality and efficiency. Microcapsules are often made using a mould covered with layers of polymers, similar to papier-mâché. The challenge with this method is dissolving the mould while keeping the polymers intact.

Now, a collaboration between the research groups of Professor Chris Abell and Dr Oren Scherman in the Department of Chemistry has developed a new technique for manufacturing ‘smart’ microcapsules in large quantities in a single step, using tiny droplets of water. Additionally, the release of the contents of the microcapsules can be highly controlled through the use of various stimuli.

The microdroplets, dispersed in oil, are used as templates for building supramolecular assemblies, which form highly uniform microcapsules with porous shells.

The technique uses copolymers, gold nanoparticles and small barrel-shaped molecules called cucurbiturils (CBs), to form the microcapsules. The CBs act as miniature ‘handcuffs’, bringing the materials together at the oil-water interface.

“This method provides several advantages over current methods as all of the components for the microcapsules are added at once and assemble instantaneously at room temperature,” said lead author Jing Zhang, a PhD student in Professor Abell’s research group. “A variety of ‘cargos’ can be efficiently loaded simultaneously during the formation of the microcapsules. The dynamic supramolecular interactions allow control over the porosity of the capsules and the timed release of their contents using stimuli such as light, pH and temperature.”

Cambridge University Research News: “Smart” microcapsules

The full report can be found in Cambridge University Research News.

The Food Navigator: One step microcapsules – The Food Navigator

Nathan Gray, 10-Feb-2012

An innovative new technology platform could provide manufacturers and food formulators with greater control and speed when producing encapsulated ingredients such as flavours and bioactive ingredients, say its developers.

The new technology – a single-step method for producing ‘smart’ microcapsules using fluid droplets – is said to have potential commercial applications in food, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals, among others. Developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, and published in prestigious academic journal Science, the team behind the new technology promises that the ‘one-step’ microcapsules offer several advantages over currently used techniques.

Speaking with FoodNavigator.com, Dr Oren Scherman from the department of chemistry at Cambridge explained that the fluid technology used by the new platforms means that microcapsules have little variation in terms of size, and are “highly reproducible and scalable.” “I think that the fundamental advance that we have taken is the ability to both formulate the capsule and encapsulate cargo in a single step, so all the molecules and components are dynamically assembled simultaneously,” said Scherman, who was one of several researchers from the University of Cambridge involved in the platform’s development.

“We have on demand capability for release, and you can also have whatever you want as far as capsule size, or cargo, all in a uniform structure,” he said, noting that he was sure that there was “a lot of opportunity within the food manufacturing and production domain.”

“Because it’s a platform technology, it has a lot of applicability to many diverse areas, and I think that is something we are keen to explore through contact current leaders in the field,” added the expert.

The Food Navigator: One step microcapsules

The full report can be found in The Food Navigator.

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