Challenges in commercializing biomimetic membranes

Mark Perry, Steen Ulrik Madsen, Tine Elkjær Jørgensen, Sylvie Braekevelt, Karsten Lauritzen, Claus Hélix-Nielsen

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Abstract

The discovery of selective water channel proteins—aquaporins—has prompted growing interest in using these proteins, as the building blocks for designing new types of membranes. However, as with any other new and potentially disruptive technology, barriers for successful market entry exist. One category includes customer-related barriers, which can be influenced to some extent. Another category includes market-technical-related barriers, which can be very difficult to overcome by an organization/company aiming at successfully introducing their innovation on the market—in particular if both the organization and the technology are at early stages. Often, one faces barriers from both these categories at the same time, which makes it necessary to gain insight of the particular market when introducing a new innovative product. In this review we present the basic concepts and discuss some of these barriers and challenges associated with introducing biomimetic aquaporin membranes. These include technical issues in membrane production and product testing. Then we discuss possible business models for introducing new technologies in general, followed by a presentation of beach-head market segments relevant for biomimetic aquaporin membranes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMembranes
Volume5
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)685-701
Number of pages17
ISSN2077-0375
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Aquaporin membranes
  • Biomimetics
  • Commercialization
  • Early stage technology
  • Commerce
  • Membranes
  • Proteins
  • Tobacco
  • Aquaporins
  • Biomimetic membrane
  • Building blockes
  • Disruptive technology
  • Innovative product
  • Membrane production
  • Water channel proteins
  • Biomimetic processes
  • aquaporin membranes
  • biomimetics
  • commercialization
  • early stage technology

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