WIPO Medal for Inventors
Dr Marta Klanjšek Gunde, co-founder and CEO of a start-up company Mysteria Colorum - MyCol, received the WIPO Medal for Inventors. MyCol uses the licenced technology to develop smart labels that permanently change colour when heated above a predetermined temperature. The invention has already led to the creation of 6 new jobs at the company. The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Medal for Inventors is awarded by national and international organisations to individuals whose inventions have made a significant contribution to the economic and technological development of their countries. 14th International Technology Transfer Conference, Ljubljana, 7 – 8 October 2021
Among top 5 smart label solutions worldwide
The temperature-sensitive smart labels developed by MyCol have been recognised as one of the top 5 smart label solutions for food business worldwide, according to the selection of the StartUs Insights, an innovation intelligence company whose mission is to capture the world's information on innovation, emerging companies and technologies. The Big Data and artificial intelligence-based platform has captured 2,093,000+ start-ups and scale-ups worldwide and analysed all 575 smart label solutions for food companies within them. Three of them are approved in the European Union.
MyCol has received a grant under EUROSTARS call for proposals for the project "T-Heat: Temperature sensitive prints for quality monitoring in manufacturing industry”. Together with the Bern University of Applied Sciences from Switzerland, we will pursue the aim of the project, which is to develop printing inks that permanently colour upon heating over a predetermined temperature (in the 60 - 200°C region). The products will be used as indicators i.e. labels or markings, to control desired temperatures and will be ready for the market after the project. Innovation element of the project is the ink, used to print suitable markings, which colour permanently within narrow tolerance range at predefined activation temperature. Level of technological development is up to TRL = 8. Project will start from 1st of October 2020 and the duration is 24 months.
MyCol has received a grant from the European Commission for the project “Printed temperature sensitive labels for products in cold chain (T-Sense Cold)”, in the very high competition of highly innovative companies, under EIC Accelerator Pilot. Within the project, we will develop printed irreversible temperature-sensitive colour-changing labels for packages in cold supply chains. The products will enable us to enter the market, to affect food supply chains and gain the level of responsibility of all actors in that chain. Our innovation will help maintaining freshness and safety of the food offered to customers, in the same time it will reduce the waste from the chain together with disposal costs of producers. Level of technological development TRL 6 – 8. Project will start from 1st of February 2021 and will take place for 24 months. We estimate that the first commercially available labels will be on the market within 6 months after the end of the project.
T-Sense project has been selected for publication in the »Results in Brief« section of the European Commission's CORDIS website. This completed the fact sheet and the summary, provided in the feasibility report in January 2020. T-sense project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 868226.
Crossroads of Science and Economy at the 52nd MOS in Celje
At the 52nd International Fair of Crafts and Entrepreneurship (MOS) which was in Celje 10-15 September 2019, the main research institutions in Slovenia presented themselves at the Crossroads of Science and Economy, a project of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia. MyCol presented a temperature indicator for controlling heating, hosted at the showcase of the National Institute of Chemistry.
Handbook Development of packaging in a circular economy
The handbook was published in the collection Green Slovenia; it is an overview of the challenges for the packaging industry concerning the introduction of the circular economy. In the section Materials is also MyCol’s contribution entitled: Food packaging and the potential to reduce food waste in the cold chain. MyCol's unique ideas and efforts how to reduce food waste from cold chain have also been promoted.
MyCol has won the SME Instrument Phase 1 and has started with implementation of the T-Sense project. Subject of the T-Sense project is printed temperature indicator for irreversible detection of temperature volatility outside tolerance used in cold chain. With Phase 1 grant, we will explore the user-acceptance and the economic viability of our business idea. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 868226