21 July 2024
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Discover how Kripa Varanasi and David Smith are transforming the packaging industry with their groundbreaking invention. According to the United Nations, an alarming 36% of plastics are used for packaging purposes, with a staggering 85% of these packages ending up in landfills or as unregulated waste. However, the solution to this global issue might be closer than we think. Varanasi and Smith have created an innovative non-stick packaging solution that has the potential to revolutionize the way we package and consume various products, from food and cosmetics to paint and condiments. Their remarkable invention, eligible for the prestigious European Inventor Award 2023, offers customizable coatings that significantly reduce waste and maximize product utilization, making it a game-changer for the entire packaging industry.

The Inventors’ Vision: A Sustainable Future for Packaging

The customizability of Varanasi and Smith’s coating platform sets it apart from all others in the market. This first-of-its-kind coating clings to packaging materials while effortlessly repelling the substances contained within. Even the stickiest of products, such as glue, toothpaste, or ketchup, effortlessly glide over the coatings, allowing consumers to use every drop while leaving the container clean and ready for recycling. This groundbreaking technology extends beyond consumer products, finding applications in manufacturing tanks, pipes, and other industrial settings, with the added advantage of replenishing the liquid coating as needed, giving it infinite life.

LiquiGlide™ Coatings: Unlocking Waste Elimination Across Industries

LiquiGlide™ coatings hold the potential to revolutionize multiple sectors, including consumer products, manufacturing, energy, and agrochemicals, by significantly reducing wastage. By eliminating billions of tonnes of product wastage and associated equipment cleaning costs, this innovation can save companies billions of euros. The company has already made significant strides in this direction, partnering with package designers in various sectors, such as health and beauty, food and beverage, and household products, to integrate their ground-breaking technology and enable customers to make the most of every product.

Expanding Boundaries: From Packaging to Biomedical Applications

The impact of Varanasi and Smith’s invention extends far beyond the packaging industry. They have successfully ventured into the biomedical field, leveraging their technology to enhance the performance of various medical products. From catheters and implantable devices to pharmaceutical packaging and syringes, their coatings can improve functionality and reduce waste in critical healthcare settings.

The European Inventor Award 2023: Recognizing Innovators Beyond Borders

Kripa Varanasi and David Smith’s outstanding contributions have earned them a place among the three finalists in the ‘Non-EPO Countries’ category of the prestigious European Inventor Award. This highly esteemed award acknowledges exceptional inventors from outside the European Patent Office’s 39 member states who have been granted a European patent. The winners of this coveted accolade will be unveiled during a momentous ceremony on 4th July 2023 in Valencia, Spain. As a testament to their commitment to transparency, the event will be broadcast online and open to the public, allowing everyone to witness the celebration of innovation first-hand.

Join the European Inventor Award 2023 ceremony online and witness the unveiling of the remarkable contributions of Kripa Varanasi and David Smith, whose invention has the potential to reshape the packaging industry and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

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