Valentis Nanotech

Dovy Segev, CEO of Valentis, describes how the company's nanocrystalline cellulose-based formulation (NCC) improves polymeric films.

Dovy Segev, CEO of Valentis, describes how the company’s nanocrystalline cellulose-based formulation (NCC) improves polymeric films.

The Need

Thermoplastic films are everywhere from food packaging and agriculture to defense. To meet the demand for greater functionality, layers are added to the film, making them thick and heavy and increasing the cost. High-barrier food packages, for example, include a layer of aluminum foil to prevent food deterioration due to oxidation, moisture, and UV penetration. Manufacturers of thermoplastic greenhouses add layers and ingredients that block infrared (IR) light from escaping to optimize growing conditions.

The opportunity for thinner, stronger, greener thermoplastic films with added functionality is tremendous.

The Technology

Valentis’ technology combines nanoparticles with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), a biodegradable, transparent material made from plant pulp waste, to produce highly improved polymeric films. Incorporating different nanoparticles into Valentis’ composites adds new functionality that can be tailored to specific applications and needs.

The Company’s first product is a coating material for food packaging that is thinner, potentially transparent, stronger, and with high-barrier properties to block UV rays, oxygen, and moisture, so food remains fresh and has a longer shelf life.

The Advantages

  • Functional: Potentially transparent, oxygen barrier, spectral control (UV, IR)
  • Customizable: Tailored to specific requirements
  • Super strong: Strength-to-weight ratio 8x greater than stainless steel
  • Thin and lightweight: Reduces packing, transport, storage costs
  • Nontoxic: Environmentally friendly product
  • Cost-effective

The Team

  • Dov Segev, CEO: Experienced entrepreneur in the food industry; background in the financial and cleantech markets
  • Sigal Meirovich, Ph.D., CTO: Research focus: development and production of CNC and structural proteins composites in Prof. Shoseyov’s lab; postdoctoral, Vornia Biomaterials
  • Boaz Laor, Chairman: 35 years of executive corporate positions, including former president, Chemagis Ltd.; former president of U.S. operations, Quark Biotech, Inc.; president and CEO, National Coal Supply Corporation of Israel; CFO Sapiens; CFO, COO, ICE Cryogenic Engineering
  • Prof. Oded Shoseyov, Inventor: Extensive experience with cellulose area, protein engineering; founded numerous successful biotech companies; Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Prof. Yossi Paltiel, Inventor: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; research focus: quantum nanostructures

The Market

CNC is coming into focus as a material of the future, projected to create a $600 billion industry by 2020 (U.S. National Science Foundation). The Valentis technology has enormous potential in a number of multibillion-dollar markets, including food packaging, agriculture, defense, home and garden, transportation.

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Coating platform for food packaging, agritech, and more

At a Glance

Stage: Technology development
Founded: November 2013
Investor: The Trendlines Group
IP: National phase, covering use of CNC as a carrier of nanoparticles on polymeric films

Achievements

  • Tested films showed added strength, spectral control, oxygen barrier, other properties
  • Cooperation with agriculture thermoplastics company to create improved film; cooperation with flexible packaging company
  • In advanced discussions for initial food packaging product

Contact

Dovy Segev, CEO
Mobile: +972.52.755.5165
dovy.s@valentis-nano.com
www.valentis-nano.com