Sustainable packaging addresses the problem of reducing waste, food losses and safety by preventing contamination and chemical degradation and preserving food quality. However, the combination of plastics with components that increase their barrier properties creates low-sustainability materials in which oxygen removal is not guaranteed. In addition, the transparency of the packaging is significantly reduced. In this framework, Bloxy has developed an active and sustainable material that protects food against oxidative processes, by extending the shelf life of food and beverages.
The functional film designed by Bloxy, is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, sustainable and free of any toxicity. It actively removes oxygen from the environment through the biochemical activity of the incorporated proteins. Bloxy's technology will be targeted at food, cosmetics, and drug packaging applications.
Investing in Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) ranging from 3 to 5 requires a careful assessment of the potential of the technology and the team. Due to the low maturity of these projects, these projects require a de-risking process to be carried out directly at the University and Research Center. Eureka! TT S.r.l. is the Italian limited responsibility company fully owned by “Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer that acts on behalf of the Fund, in providing financial resources to the pre-company, Proof-of-Concept (“POC”) projects, as well as in monitoring the advancement and the results of such investments.
The resources provided by Eureka! are given to the University and Research Center, in order to develop the technology, increase TRL and support the team of the “to-be entrepreneurs” in proving their ideas are sustainable. Successful projects will be then span-out into new start-ups. Eureka! TT can effectively bridge the gap between the need for a market-driven test and a University-like environment.