Job Vacancy: Technologist – Product Development

 

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Job Vacancy: Technologist – Product Development

Position Profile

Aqdot is taking a new platform chemistry technology ‘from bench to market’. A Chemtech company based in Cambridge, Aqdot has completed all relevant regulatory and environmental hurdles and is now accelerating production and commercialisation. The team have scaled up manufacturing to multi-ton scale and have established and built strong collaborations with 100+ multi-national companies who all have pain-points that this revolutionary chemistry can address. With products now in the market, and more being developed by customers and collaborators, the outlook is getting more exciting by the day.

The platform technology has applications ranging from Home Care & Personal Care to Life Sciences; from heavy industry to non-wovens & textiles, and the opportunity to produce meaningful innovation while creating value is what excites the team. Focus is crucial at this transformative stage, which can be interesting when so many well-known manufacturers are engaged!

The Aqdot team has a very strong inclusive and diverse culture with many opportunities for personal development and career acceleration for a company in this accelerated growth phase. With the completion of the recent growth round with new strategic investors and a highly engaged board and, it’s a great time to join the team!

The Role – Technologist – Product Development

LOCATION: Cambridge, UK
REPORTING LINE: Project Leader
DURATION / CONTRACT: Full time.

Reporting to a Project Leader, the Technologist will have the following responsibilities:

1. Work in a cross functional team: Design, manage and conduct experiments, implement ideas, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the team’s objectives.
2. Develop Aqdot products from concept to scale-up. Develop scalable prototypes and demonstrate performance through material testing.
3. Working closely with the Commercial team to identify opportunities and translate customers’ needs into technical solutions and projects.
4. Support key customers to formulate and develop products, as well as validate product benefits and substantiate claims to speed up product launches.
5. Prepare research reports by collecting, analysing, and summarising 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.

Job Vacancy: Technologist – Product Development

PROFILE:

Industry Experience

• Curious scientist driven by a passion to deliver innovative and sustainable product solutions.

• PhD in chemical, biological or analytical science with demonstrated scientific rigour, attention to detail and a hands-on ‘can-do’ attitude.

• Experience in household and personal care product development would be an advantage. Experience of analytical and sensorial odour assessment for claims substantiation would be a distinct advantage.

• Other relevant experience would also be considered.

• Must be interested in the formulation of products, for example automotive, hygiene or homecare products.

Leadership

• Comfortable working across different projects/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

• Comfortable with taking the lead on roles and responsibilities within projects

Likely background and personal characteristics

• Agile thinker, able to adapt and work in a fast paced, dynamic environment across multiple application areas.

• Intellectually strong and comfortable with complex problem solving

• Naturally engages with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds

• Embraces opportunities for personal development

 

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email admin@aqdot.com.

AqFresh™ technology at Tech Textil – VOC & odour elimination technology for nonwovens, textiles & PVC/PU coatings – free white paper

 

AqFresh™ technology at Tech Textil

To find out more about our patented technology, fill in the contact form below or visit us at hall 11.0 stand #B80 at Tech Textil Frankfurt 21-24 June 2022. Our team of scientists will give visitors to our stand a demonstration of our unique technology in action. They will present a range of prototype nonwovens, textiles and PVC/PU coatings incorporating AqFresh™ along with the breakthrough performance results that have been proven. They will also offer an introduction to the amazing chemistry in action with our 3D video and 3D model, and a presentation of our sensory and GC odour testing results in a wide range of applications. Moreover, they will also share their wealth of experience impregnating AqFresh™ into a rapidly-growing broad range of nonwovens, textiles & PVC/PU coatings.

 

Patented Technology

AqFresh™ is a revolutionary patented odour capture technology that removes VOCs, odours, pollutants, and allergens. It uses cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with polar portals and a hydrophobic cavity to quickly capture & tightly bind unwanted molecules. AqFresh™ has been successfully impregnated into nonwovens, textiles and textile coatings to remove VOCs, odours & pollutants released by these materials themselves as well as capturing external environmental odours.

It has a broad range of applications and is being formulated into products in many industries with significant proven results, including:

  • Automotive Interiors – PVC with AqFresh™ scores well below the 3.0 threshold on the 0-6 scale of the VDA-270 standard for automotive interiors
  • Hygiene Care – Nonwovens dry impregnated with AqFresh™ have been proven to have up to 95% less urine and sweat malodour.
  • Wound Care – Reduce malodours from chronic wounds by 78% using non-woven dressings with new AqFresh™ technology
  • Home & Personal Care – AqFresh™ has been proven to significantly reduce a broad range of odours including garlic, onion, fish, sweat, urine, tobacco and many more. It can be incorporated into non-woven materials used for wipes.

 

Free White Paper

AqFresh™ technology can be incorporated into nonwovens through the fibre, through impregnation and through finishing – and has been proven to reduce odours without the need of a fragrance. This free white paper details the test methodology & results of sensory and analytical tests carried out on nonwovens incorporated with AqFresh™, along with key market insights.

For your free copy of our full AqFresh™ Odour Eliminating Nonwovens White Paper packed with insights to inspire & guide your innovation programme, please complete the form below adding “NONWOVEN WHITE PAPER” in the subject.

 

3D video of our chemistry in action

Click below to watch a 3D video explaining the key benefits, applications, performance results as well as an explanation of AqFresh™ revolutionary supramolecular capture & release.

Job Vacancy: People and Facilities Executive

 

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Position Profile

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Aqdot for a People & Facilities Executive. This pivotal role is central to the smooth running of the organisation, it ensures that Aqdot’s People, its key asset, are able to function to the highest possible levels in a safe and fit for purpose environment. By ensuring the smooth running of the office for all stakeholders, the team; the board and any visitors; managing contractors and supporting all ‘people’ activities. This includes and is not exhaustive to: Onboarding; events management; functional HR and participation and contribution to activities which support the strong culture and values at Aqdot.

This role will be providing vital support to the Head of People and Facilities in a fast passed high performing environment for an organisation that is at a pivotal point in its growth.

In this role you will be able to develop your skills in both the areas of HR and Facilities. Training and support will be given as you and the company grow. You will be exposed to a varied and wide range of activities and will play a central role in ensuring Aqdot is a welcoming and safe place to work and visit. More details are below.

The Role – People and Facilities Executive

LOCATION: Sawston, Cambridge, UK
REPORTING LINE: Head of People and Facilities
DURATION / CONTRACT: Full time.

Reporting to the Head of People and Facilities, the People and Facilities Executive will be at the heart of the Aqdot team. They will be responsible for the smooth running of the site, the office and support to all HR functions.

Summary of Job Purpose:

• Lead the smooth & efficient running of the Aqdot office and site, associated systems and processes for the benefit of all stakeholders. Provide HR support to the Head of People and Facilities and the team as needed.

Main duties:

• Ambassador for the company:
– First point of contact for welcoming and attending to visitor’s needs.
– Answering telephones, taking and passing on messages.
– Corresponding via e-mail as appropriate.
– Embracing the values and culture.
• Providing facilities & services support to the Head of People and Facilities for the office and lab environments including liaison with the landlord, facilities consultants, other occupants & contractors. i.e. cleaning, waste, shredding, handymen, repairs etc.
• Office lead and liaison for Security, Fire, First aid, Health & Safety.
• Diary management – Team
• Support to senior management team including travel (in liaison with travel agent).
• Support with timetabling, collation, editing and circulation of Leadership Team and Board Reports.
• Assisting with the co-ordination of face to face / video-based Board meetings and associated logistics.
• Arranging and co-ordinating internal and external meetings and functions.
• Assisting the Head of People and Facilities in organising and arranging activities which support a high performing culture and engaged teams.
• Ensuring the office and kitchen are well supplied and kept to a high standard.
• Opening and directing incoming & outgoing post and arranging for courier collections as and when required.
• Managing electronic and paper filing system for the company efficiently & effectively.
• Ensure HR records (including leave, sickness, international staff reporting) are current in liaison with Head of People and Facilities. Including migration to and electronic HR recording system.
• Analysis and reporting of HR metric data as required.
• Assisting with recruitment logistics and onboarding programmes for new recruits.
• Ad hoc administration as needed by Head of People and Facilities or the leadership team.

Job Vacancy: People and Facilities Executive

PROFILE:

Industry Experience
• Personable and credible ambassador for the company.
• Comfortable to take leadership and operate in an autonomous organisation.
• Excellent organisational and time management skills.
• Flexibility and adaptability to changing workloads.
• Capacity to prioritise tasks, work under pressure and call on other resources to ensure timely delivery of tasks.
• Presence and confidence to interact with a variety of stakeholders.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Good IT understanding including Microsoft office.
• Problem solving skills and project management ability would be advantageous.
• Sensitivity to confidential and data protection obligations.

Likely background and personal characteristics
• Strong evidence of a “can do” approach with high energy, passion and resilience.
• Experience in office management or similar role desirable but not essential.
• Experience of performing in a fast moving, demanding environment.
• Strong interpersonal skills – the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders of all levels.
• Alignment with the Aqdot values.
• An organised proactive and caring mindset
• Is of the highest integrity, honesty and courtesy.
• Understanding of chemistry would be a bonus but certainly not essential. An inquisitive mind and passion to be part of a successful organisation would do just as well!

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email admin@aqdot.com.

Femcare & Babycare Nonwovens with AqFresh™ have up to 95% less urine & sweat malodour in sensory testing – free odour test

 

New AqFresh™ technology has been proven to capture urine and sweat malodours when dry impregnated into femcare and babycare nonwovens.

AqFresh™ consists of Cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals enabling it to capture & hold the malodours with extremely tight binding so they are virtually undetectable to the typical consumer. Unlike existing anti-odour solutions, AqFresh™ works in wet environments where femcare & babycare nonwovens are typically used, and does not rely on sensitising or allergenic fragrances or on antibacterials to which bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant.

In these studies, a section of the AqFresh-treated nonwoven was placed in a Gas Chromatography headspace (HS-GC) vial. Triethylamine or Isovaleric Acid were added to the nonwoven. The headspace was evaluated and compared to control (100% malodour before adding to the AqFresh™-impregnated nonwoven). The results showed that the level of malodour was reduced by up to 95% in the nonwoven with AqFresh™.

For your free odour test report of AqFresh added to your nonwoven, please complete the contact us form below adding “NONWOVEN ODOUR TEST” to the message.

(This offer is limited to the first 4 nonwoven manufacturers with £100M+ turnover.)

Other enquirers will receive our free Nonwoven Femcare & Babycare Odour Testing White Paper, comparing a range of malodour emissions from nonwovens with AqFresh™.

(This offer is unlimited.)

 

 

Aqdot at Tech Textil Frankfurt

Come and meet the Aqdot team at our stand #B80, hall 11 at Tech Textil Frankfurt, 21-24 June 2022. Learn more about our revolutionary patented technology and touch & smell a range of non-woven, textile and coated textile materials impregnated with AqFresh™ odour capture technology.

 

Malodours from Femcare & Babycare Nonwovens

Capturing external odours & pollutants is a key priority for manufacturers of feminine/adult care, baby care, and air-filter products. Current odour counteracting technologies are relatively ineffective and rely on fragrances to mask the odour. Nonwovens are widely used in this industry for panty liners, pads, diapers, nappies, intimate wipes and air-filters.

AqFresh™ is a versatile odour & pollutant capture technology with the potential to be incorporated into nonwovens produced using a variety of methods whether needlepunched, spunbonded, airlaid or meltblown. Manufacturers can reduce malodours by using AqFresh in polypropylene (PP), polyester (PE) and many more types of nonwovens, to provide the desired perception of freshness for these consumer products.

Malodour and pollutant reduction through nonwovens is of importance to a huge range of nonwoven applications including femtech, babytech, filters (HEPA), clothtech, hometech, indutech, medtech, mobiltech, protech, packtech, and sportech.

 

Odour Test

The 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 carry out the odour tests to evaluate the impact of our counteractant. The panellists evaluate the odour intensity based on the scale from 0 to 6 (not detectable to extremely strong odour) and the hedonic tone from -4 extremely unpleasant to +4 extremely pleasant.

 

AqFresh™ odour capture technology

AqFresh™ odour capture technology can be dry impregnated into nonwoven materials, in order to capture malodours.

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 successfully impregnated into nonwovens, textiles and textile coatings to remove VOCs, odours & pollutants released by these materials themselves as well as capturing external environmental odours.

AqFresh™ has been proven to capture a wide range of malodours relevant to broader nonwoven applications including: putrescene & cadaverine (wounds), isovaleric acid (sweat), trimethylamine (urine) and skatole (faeces). It has also been shown to reduce VOCs enabling nonwovens, for example as used in car headliners, to meet the VDA-270 standard for automotive interiors.

AqFresh™ is available as powder which has been successfully demonstrated to reduce malodours when dry impregnated into non-woven materials.

 

 

 

Job Vacancy: R&D internship (10-13 weeks)

Explore the science and develop applications of novel supramolecular chemistry.

Aqdot is a small, rapidly developing company with a positive, diverse (age, gender, nationality) team.
We are making and applying a safe, novel, multifunctional, supramolecular chemistry that removes bad smells and pollutants, cleverly releases fragrances, stabilises enzymes, provides unique properties to hydrogels and even inactivates allergens and viruses. We develop applications for this chemistry in our well-equipped laboratories.
We are seeking interested and able physical scientists to work in our R&D team to develop and test new product concepts. The main activities will be developing formulations and making physico-chemical measurements.
The internships are ideal for curious, rigorous and enthusiastic young scientists-who are about to start or have just completed their final undergraduate year.

Job Vacancy: R&D internship (10-13 weeks)

If you are interested in working in our team this summer, please email admin@aqdot.com
• Application deadline 5th June 2022.
• Minimum duration 10 weeks, starting at the beginning of July.
• Competitive Salary.

Aqdot Limited, Iconix Park, London Road, Cambridge, CB22 3EG, United Kingdom

Aqdot is based 8 miles south of Cambridge and can be reached easily from there: by bus, by train (to Whittlesford Parkway 10 mins, then 10 mins walk), or by cycle (35 mins from central Cambridge).

Job Vacancy: Project Leader Industrial Product Development

 

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Position Profile

Aqdot is taking a new platform chemistry technology ‘from bench to market’. A chemtech company based in Cambridge, Aqdot has completed all relevant regulatory and environmental hurdles and is now accelerating production and commercialisation.. The team have scaled up manufacturing to multi-ton scale and have established and built strong collaborations with 100+ multi-national companies who all have pain-points that this revolutionary chemistry can address. With products now in the market, and more being developed by customers and collaborators, the outlook is getting more exciting by the day.

The platform technology has applications ranging from Home Care & Personal Care to Life Sciences; from heavy industry to non-wovens & textiles, and the opportunity to create meaningful innovation while creating value is what excites the team. Focus is crucial at this transformative stage , which can be interesting when so many well known manufacturers are engaged!

The Aqdot team has a very strong inclusive and diverse culture with many opportunities for personal development and career acceleration for a company in this accelerated growth phase. With the completion of the recent growth round with new strategic investors and a highly engaged board and, it’s a great time to join the team!

The Role – Project Leader Industrial Product Development

LOCATION: Cambridge, UK
REPORTING LINE: CSO
DURATION / CONTRACT: Full time.

Reporting to the CSO, the Project Leader will have the following responsibilities

  1. Lead and manage the Industrial Team: Implement ideas, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the team’s objectives. Proven ability to supervise and delegate.
  2. The Industrial technology areas include automotive interiors (plasticized coatings, semi rigid and rigid plastics), films, functional nonwovens, technical textiles
  3. Develop Aqdot Industrial products from concept to scale-up. Develop scalable prototypes and demonstrate performance through material testing and analytical equipment.
  4. Working closely with the commercial team identifying opportunities and translating customers’ needs into technical solutions and projects.
  5. Support key customers to formulate and develop products, as well as validating product benefits and substantiating claims to speed up product launches.
  6. Preparation of research reports by collecting, analysing, and summarising data; give presentations for both internal and external audience.
  7. Identify IP opportunities and prepare patent documents.
  8. Identify training opportunities and liaise with external consultants and contractors.

PROFILE:

Industry Experience
• Application scientist with a strong chemical industry background (5 years) with experience in functional plastics, non wovens or textile coating industries.
• PhD level or relevant experience also considered.
• Curious scientist driven by a passion to deliver innovative and sustainable product solutions.
• Extensive product development experience from automotive or plastics or non wovens industry.
Analytical and sensorial odour assessment would be a distinct advantage.
• Must be interested in the formulation of products, either automotive or hygiene or homecare 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
• Agile thinker, able to adapt and work in a dynamic environment and work across multiple application areas.
• Intellectually strong and comfortable with complex problem solving
• Naturally engages with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds
• Embraces opportunities for personal development

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email admin@aqdot.com.

Get your free copy of our AqFresh™ Hair & Personal Care Consumer Insights Report featuring the results of our global survey of over 500 consumers.

 

To get your free copy, please complete your details in the “CONTACT US” section below, adding “HAIR & PERSONAL CARE REPORT” in the subject.

Covering consumers’ attitudes to body odour removal, fragrance and anti-allergen and anti-pollution hair/skin protection, and consumer reactions to some exciting potential new product concepts, this AqFresh™ Hair & Personal Care Report is based on Aqdot’s global survey of over 500 consumers which gives valuable insight for our customers.

This report is designed particularly for Marketing and R&D Managers with responsibility for product innovation at manufacturers of hair & personal care consumer products.

 

REPORT CONTENTS

  1. Survey methodology & sample
  2. Common hair / skin types and conditions
  3. Hair / personal care brands & products used
  4. Key benefits sought from different hair / personal care products and salon treatments
  5. Attitudes to odour removal, fragrance and hair/skin protection
  6. Consumer interest in new hair / personal care products with odour, fragrance and protection benefits
  7. Key conclusions
  8. How Aqdot can help you meet your consumers’ needs with our AqFresh™ odour capture & fragrance release technology

Example Insights

  • 46% are concerned about the effects of urban air pollution on their hair
  • 69% are more likely to feel happy if their hair smells fresh
  • 79% wish their hair would continue to smell really fresh between washes
  • 76% wish that the fresh scent of their personal care products would last longer
  • 74% of regular hair conditioner users would buy a hair conditioner that leaves a fresh scent on hair that lasts up to 10 hours

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

 

AqFresh™ Technology

Our patented technology utilises Cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals. They capture malodour molecules whilst holding and slowly releasing pre-loaded fragrance molecules over time for a prolonged sensory experience.

 

For a free copy of the report, complete your details in the “CONTACT US” section below, adding “HAIR & PERSONAL CARE REPORT” in the subject.

48-hour odour protection for deodorants with AqFresh™ technology – free consumer insights report

 

Clinically Proven Patented Technology

AqFresh™ odour capture technology has been clinically proven to give 48-hour odour protection when formulated in deodorants. This unique patented technology uses cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hydrophobic cavity and polar portals – to capture & strongly bind odours, pollutants and allergens. Effective when wet or dry, at a wide range of pH and environmental conditions, AqFresh™ can be formulated into a broad range of personal care products, among many other applications.

 

Free Consumer Insights Report

80% suffer from body odour and 56% suffer from allergies according to our Aqdot global survey of over 1200 consumers. 61% are concerned about urban air pollution on their skin. 76% wish that the fresh scent of their personal care products would last longer.

For your free copy of our 50-page AqFresh™ Hair & Personal Care Consumer Insights Report packed with insights to inspire & guide your innovation programme, please complete the form below adding “HAIR & PERSONAL CARE REPORT” in the subject.

 

Find Out More

To find out more about our patented technology, fill in the contact form below. Our team of scientists can offer a must-see demonstration of our unique technology in action. They also offer an introduction to the amazing chemistry in action with our 3D video, and will share their wealth of experience formulating AqFresh™ into a rapidly-growing broad range of personal care formulation types.

 

Trained Panel of Home Testers

For initial screening results, a trained panel of home testers used a stick deodorant with 1 percent AqFresh™ Pure included in the formulation. The home test participants showered in the morning, then applied the deodorant with AqFresh incorporated under one arm only. After 12 hours, 84 percent of the home testers preferred the AqFresh Pure treated side. After 24 hours, 100 percent of the volunteers preferred the AqFresh Pure treated side. Even after 48 hours, the home testers could perceive a difference with 64 percent preferring the AqFresh Pure treated side.

 

Clinical Study

The initial positive results were confirmed by a clinical study conducted by Elementis under scientific conditions. The study proved that inclusion of only .3 percent AqFresh™ Pure provides immediate and long-term odour reduction and reduces odour perception from perceptible to not perceptible or barely perceptible. In the clinical study, odour evaluation experts conducted four assessments – at 2-minute, 8-hour, 24-hour and 48-hour time periods. Odour was reduced by more than 50 percent after 24 hours and more than 35 percent after 48 hours.

 

In-vitro Malodour Challenge Testing

Malodour challenge testing demonstrated the odour capture longevity efficacy. AqFresh™ Pure placed in a closed container, was exposed to a dose of malodour every three days over a six-week period. While the control sample developed a strong malodour, the sachet containing AqFresh™ Pure only developed a very weak malodour.

 

AqFresh™ technology at Interclean – captures odours, pollutants, allergens – prolongs fragrance release – free consumer insights report

 

AqFresh™ technology at Interclean

To find out more about our patented technology, fill in the contact form below or visit us at stand #12.114 at Interclean at the RAI Amsterdam 10-13 May 2022. Our team of scientists will give visitors to our stand a demonstration of our unique technology in action. They also offer an introduction to the amazing chemistry in action with our 3D video and 3D model, and a presentation of our sensory and GC odour testing results in a wide range of applications. Moreover, they will also share their wealth of experience formulating AqFresh™ into a rapidly-growing broad range of home & professional cleaning product formulation types.

 

Patented Technology

AqFresh™ odour capture technology has been proven to deliver superior odour elimination of 10 different common household malodours as well as many allergens and pollutants. This unique patented technology uses cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hydrophobic cavity and polar portals – to capture & strongly bind odours, pollutants and allergens. Effective when wet or dry, at a wide range of pH and environmental conditions, AqFresh™ can be formulated into a broad range of home & professional cleaning products, among many other applications.

 

Free Consumer Insights Report

43% of consumers want fragrance-free home cleaning products according to our Aqdot consumer survey, and 13% are allergic or sensitive to fragrance. Most consumers say they want better air quality and eco-friendly products. They seek instant odour removal not just masking with fragrance.

Learn more about:

  • What air quality problems exist in indoor public places
  • What air quality problems exist in cars
  • What consumers’ attitudes are to air-freshening
  • What odour removal solutions consumers want

For your free copy of our full AqFresh™ Home Freshening Consumer Insights Report packed with insights to inspire & guide your innovation programme, please complete the form below adding “HOME FRESHENING REPORT” in the subject.

 

3D video of our chemistry in action

Click below to watch a 3D video explaining the key benefits, applications, performance results as well as an explanation of AqFresh™ revolutionary supramolecular capture & release.

Reduce malodours from chronic wounds by 78%

using non-woven dressings with new AqFresh™ technology

– free odour test report

 

New AqFresh™ odour elimination technology has been proven to reduce malodours from chronic wounds (eg. putrescene and cadaverine) when dry impregnated into non-wovens.

AqFresh™ consists of Cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals. This unique structure enables it to capture & hold the malodours with extremely tight binding. Therefore they are virtually undetectable to the typical patient. Unlike existing anti-odour solutions, AqFresh™ works in wet environments like chronic wound dressings and does not rely on to which bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant.

In these studies, a section of the AqFresh™-treated nonwoven was placed in a Gas Chromatography headspace (HS-GC) vial. Putrescene was added to the nonwoven. The headspace was evaluated and compared to control and untreated nonwoven. The results showed that the level of malodour was reduced by 78% in the non-woven with AqFresh™ compared to the non-woven without AqFresh™.

 

For your free odour test report of AqFresh™ added to your non-woven, please complete the contact us form below adding “NON-WOVEN ODOUR TEST” to the message.

(This offer is limited to the first 4 non-woven manufacturers with £100M+ turnover.)

Other enquirers will receive our free Non-Woven Wound Care Odour Testing White Paper, comparing a range of malodour emissions from non-wovens with and without AqFresh™.

(This offer is unlimited.)

 

Reduce malodours from Chronic Wounds

Tackling malodours from chronic wounds is a key priority for healthcare workers, carers and patients in the medical sector of the non-wovens industry. A key objective is to help patients overcome social embarrassment & isolation due to the smell.

Current odour technologies such as charcoal only work when dry whilst silver is relatively ineffective and relies on antimicrobial action to which bacterial resistance is increasing.

As well as for advanced wound care, non-wovens are widely used in the medical & healthcare sector. For example, hospitals use them for surgical gowns & face masks, bed linen, underpads, ostomy bag liners, PICO dressings and sterilisation wraps. In wound care, non-woven bandages are used to provide a moist wound healing environment, with controlled vapour transmission, absorbency and low skin adhesion. Hydrocolloid dressings are often used provide a moist and insulating healing environment with gel-forming agents, a waterproof backing and gauze.

 

Odour Test

The odour test is run by Aqdot using trained assessors selected according to ISO 8586 for their ability to discriminate and describe malodours. They undergo training and a quarterly assessment using validated polymeric standards provided by a qualified supplier.

The panel carry out the odour tests to evaluate the impact of our counteractant. The panellists evaluate the odour intensity based on the scale from 0 to 6 (not detectable to extremely strong odour) and the hedonic tone from -4 extremely unpleasant to +4 extremely pleasant.

 

AqFresh™ odour capture technology

AqFresh™ odour capture technology can be dry impregnated into non-woven materials. As a result, it can capture malodours, such as those arising from chronic wound dressings.

This patented technology consists of cucurbiturils, which are barrel-shaped molecules with a hydrophobic cavity and polar portal. Most importantly, their unique structure enables exceptionally tight capture & binding of unwanted molecules.

We have proven that AqFresh™ can capture a wide range of malodours relevant to broader non-woven applications. Some examples include: putrescene & cadaverine (wounds), isovaleric acid (sweat), trimethylamine (urine) and skatole (faeces).

In conclusion, AqFresh™ is available as powder which has been successfully demonstrated to reduce malodours when dry impregnated into non-woven materials.

 

A nice alternative for AqFreshTM powder impregnation: Fibroline technology

Fibroline is an engineering company which developed and patented innovative dry impregnation technologies. Those cleantechs enable to impregnate powder form materials into porous structures thanks to high intensity alternating electric fields.

AqFresh™ technology eliminates a broader range of household smells, including 10 common complex malodours.

– free sensory odour test report of YOUR formula.*

Instantly effective in solid or liquid formats, it keeps working when both wet and dry. Formulation flexible, it works in aerosol, aqueous or alcohol-based solutions, and is compatible with common cleaning product ingredients.

Our unique patented odour capture technology consists of cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules with a hydrophobic cavity and polar portals that powerfully attract and capture VOCs. They act rapidly and keep on working for lasting freshness. AqFresh™ 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.

For a free sensory odour test report of AqFresh™ added to your formula*, please complete the contact us form below adding “HOME CARE ODOUR TEST” to the message.

(This offer is limited to the first 4 home care product manufacturers with £100M+ turnover.) Other enquirers will receive our free Home Care Odour Testing White Paper. (This offer is unlimited.)

Range of household malodours

Common Household Malodours

Bad household smells trigger negative emotions, such as irritation, stress & anxiety, or a bad mood, according to the Aqdot 2021 survey of over 500 consumers in North America, Europe and Asia. Rotting food smells (fish, rotten egg, milk, cheese, cooking fat) for example, are particularly associated with triggering feelings of being distracted or nauseous.

Many household cleaning products use strong chemicals with even stronger smells. Fragrance is often added to mask the product smell and to give a signal of ‘freshness’ post-cleaning. However, as fragrances are highly volatile, they quickly dissipate, so the malodour can remain distinctly noticeable.

The fact that bad smells are annoying creates a negative emotional experience which becomes associated with using that household cleaning product. However, consumers don’t think that using a strong fragrance to mask the product is a good solution either. For example, 51% prefer an air freshener spray that is fragrance-free or only lightly fragranced and just 14% prefer a strongly fragranced one.

 

AqFresh™ outperforms benchmarks for a broader range of malodours

We have selected some of the most common household smells, and of these we outperform two leading competitor technologies substantially.  In each case the performance is benchmarked against the next best product – which varies between them depending on the odour, highlighting that competing technologies struggle at removing this breadth of odours, as well as some specific ones. In conclusion, AqFresh™ technology eliminates a broader range of household smells.

% household malodours removed by AqFresh

 

Sensory Odour Test

Aqdot has its own externally-validated trained expert panel of assessors who follow a standard sensory odour test protocol to evaluate the intensity of residual malodour after treatment with the test formulation vs a control. The panel uses trained assessors selected according to ISO 8586 for their ability to discriminate and describe malodour. Aqdot train & assess them quarterly using validated polymeric standards provided by a well-known multi-national olfactory company.

Analytical GC-HS Test

The analytical testing is run by Aqdot using gas chromatography to analyse the amount of residual malodour molecules present in the headspace after treatment with the test formulation vs a control. Gas chromatography (GC) is an analytical technique that helps to separate and analyse a mixture of compounds that can be vaporized without their decomposition. Headspace (HS) analysis is a technique for analysing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by collecting the gaseous headspace for introduction into the GC.

 

Improving indoor air quality

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

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™ technology eliminates a broader range of household smells.

 

3D video explaining the unique AqFresh™ chemistry

 

 

Job Vacancy: Biopharmaceutical Formulation Leader

 

BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION

Position Profile – THIS VACANCY IS NOW CLOSED

The role is initially for 18 months within the formulation activity of the programme “R3 – RNA Readiness and Response”, which is funded jointly by Wellcome Leap and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). The R3 program has two goals: one, to increase exponentially the number of biologic products that can be designed, developed, and produced every year, reducing their costs and increasing equitable access; and two, to create a self-sustaining network of manufacturing facilities providing globally distributed, state-of-the-art surge capacity to meet future pandemic needs.

Aqdot is part of the “Biofoundry in a box” project team, which received the largest single grant ($15.8M). Aqdot’s role is to apply supramolecular chemistry to enable effective, safe, low-cost and stable formulations co-designed to work with the small-scale, high-output, continuous-flow based units to be designed for localised manufacture, globally.

This Biopharmaceutical Formulation Leader role will involve leading the project activities in Aqdot’s Cambridge laboratory. The Leader will collaborate with Cameron Alexander, Professor of Polymer Therapeutics in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, where a second Aqdot, R3-funded, PDRA will be located. Other R3 project partners include researchers at Imperial College and Kings College London who will produce different RNA types for different applications (vaccines, anti-cancer) for different delivery mechanisms (intra-muscular, nasal or intra-ocular). The formulations are to be formed by continuous-flow processes, with engineering and design led by Kings College London and Centillion Ltd.

The role will require visits to project partner locations for meetings and experiments. In addition to Aqdot’s apparatus (zeta potential, DLS, LC, UV-vis and organic synthesis), Nottingham has additional characterisation capability (e.g. AFM, CAT-SEM), and there is potential to be involved with biological assays at King’s College London and Imperial College London.

About Aqdot

Aqdot is a chemtech company based in Cambridge, UK. Its core platform technology – exploiting the properties of cucurbiturils (CBs) as supramolecular hosts – has applications ranging from Home Care to Life Sciences. The Biopharmaceutical Formulation Leader’s role will be to provide scientific leadership and administrative support for Aqdot’s involvement in the R3 project.

The Aqdot team has a strong inclusive and proactive culture. The company has undergone transformation from internal invention (generating a large suite of patents) to commercialisation and collaboration, with partners to create new products that add value to consumers and the supply chain. Aqdot has just completed an over-subscribed funding round with two major multinational specialty chemical companies as strategic investors (Ingevity and Clariant). Additionally, Aqdot has been a recipient of grant funding to enable it to develop technologies, ranging from manufacturing process improvement and scale-up to benign but effective anti-viral technologies, including against SARS-CoV-2.

Aqdot is an agile organisation with an outstanding can-do ethic. The Aqdot team is diverse and welcoming. We are guided by values that were agreed “bottom-up”: teamwork, fearless leadership, integrity, performance focus, and safety/responsibility.

The Role – Biopharmaceutical Formulation Leader

LOCATION: Cambridge, UK
REPORTING LINE: Leadership Team Member
START DATE: As soon as possible
DURATION / CONTRACT: 18 months initially.

Reporting to the Strategy and Innovation Director, the Biopharmaceutical Formulation Leader will have the following responsibilities

• Lead activities of the supramolecular RNA-delivery system formulation in Aqdot.
• Proactively participate in the evaluation of polymer/CB–RNA complexes
• Proactively grow the collaborations within the R3 project to assist in developing Aqdot products from concept to scale-up. Focus on areas of formulation and claims substantiation.
• Collaborate effectively with University of Nottingham to optimise the activities of the Aqdot PDRA with Professor Cameron Alexander.
• Preparation of research reports by collecting, analysing, and summarising data; give presentations for both internal and external audience.
• Preparation of technical, financial and other reports as required by the R3 project.
• Contribute to regulatory activities required for the safe use of Aqdot technology.
• Maintain awareness of IP opportunities for Aqdot technology and prepare patent documents.

Other:
Contribute to other Aqdot bioscience-related activities, e.g. safe anti-allergen and anti-viral products, development of supramolecular hydrogels.

PROFILE:

• PhD thesis awarded, ideally with further experience in a relevant biopharmaceutical area.
• Strong analytical skills including the ability to analyse and interpret data; interpret reports; evaluate and criticise prior data; and ability to bring new insights.
• Experience of developing and characterising pharmaceutical formulations.
• Interest in the chemistry-biology interface.
• Motivated by transforming great science into societal benefits.
• Effective communicator at all levels in an organisation.
• Able to enthuse and inspire colleagues and collaborators to meet the goals of critical projects in timely fashion.
• Competent in meeting administrative requirements necessary for grant participants.

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 project.

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:

This vacancy is now closed.

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