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NineSigma Announces Winners in $25,000 Sustainable Packaging Challenge in Conjunction With Scientists Without Borders and Partners
Date:3/19/2013

n>Sacramento, CA, for "Repurposing Existing Condiment Packaging,"
  • Third Place (Receiving $3,500):  Mehrdad Keshmiri of Port Moody, Canada, for "Use of Chitosan setting solution for sustainable and effective packaging for essential powdered nutrient supplements to combat malnutrition." 
  • First place winner, Jose Tarquino notes, "The challenge immediately grabbed my attention as it posed both human and technical problems: helping disadvantaged people while improving an existing technology that impacts the environment. Given my experience in chemical engineering, biotechnology, food packaging and new, green, raw materials, I knew I had the ability to develop a sound proposal."

    Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma said, "Our most gratifying accomplishments are those where we leverage Open Innovation to facilitate solutions that enhance health, well-being and quality of life. We are proud to have been selected to partner on this Sustainable Packaging challenge and it feels great to know the benefit it will provide to people suffering from malnutrition, as well as to the global environment."

    The winners were chosen by an independent expert selection panel organized by Scientists Without Borders and its partners, and it included Saskia De Pee of the Word Food Programme; Joel Gittelsohn , Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Nina Goodrich of GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition; Lynnette Neufeld of the Micronutrient Initiative; and Arnold Timmer of UNICEF.

    "Scientists without Borders is committed to utilizing innovative approaches to identify and accelerate solutions to urg
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