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Cellulose and paper-based technology solutions for sustainable paper-based packaging

Empowering
Packaging Excellence

SmartPack by AlmaScience is an applied innovation lab dedicated to the advancement of smart packaging technologies and solutions. We work with forward-thinking innovation and product managers to develop and implement groundbreaking and sustainable technology solutions.

Our solutions address every touchpoint in the value chain, from production to the end consumer. Dive deep into a seamless journey of enhanced packaging properties, surprising engagement elements, IoT connectivity, and new ways of product authentication.

The "Appropriate Lifespan" approach

Not all products, especially packaging, are intended for perpetual existence. Our "Appropriate Lifespan" approach aims to power short-lived packaging with intelligent assets that do not outlast their host and do not affect recyclability.

We thoroughly evaluate the entire lifecycle of our products, focusing on technologies that leverage responsibly sourced cellulose and paper. These materials are skillfully crafted into active packaging and paper-based electronic devices using environmentally friendly, low-waste production techniques. Our commitment is to provide substantial business value through these innovations, all while maintaining the recyclability of the packaging.
Let's shape the future of smart packaging together!
Join us on a journey to explore, invent, and revolutionize your packaging.

Welcome to the next phase of multifunctional packaging

Elevate your packaging performance and value with smart, cost-effective and sustainable technology. SmartPack offers sustainable, print-compatible solutions, combining specialty papers, functional inks, cellulose-based packaging materials, and paper-based electronics.

Our expert technology and design teams constantly challenge norms and push the limits to reshape the way people experience packaging.

A suite of SmartPack solutions
SmartPack collaborates with innovation and product managers to tailor and integrate the perfect solution for their packaging needs. Additionally, we offer a portfolio of cutting-edge solutions developed within our innovation lab, available for customization and licensing.
Product-enhancing packaging
Harness the natural properties of cellulose-based gels to enable rapid cooling on serving and ensure optimal temperature control on transit. All without compromising recyclability.
Interactive unboxing experiences
Elevate customer interactions with interactive and exciting printed patterns that develop during unboxing and with different triggers.
Product security and brand authentication
Ensure product security and brand authentication with printed RFID tags and trigger activated labels.
“Cheapless” printed RFID tags
Transparency for every product, regardless of its cost. Our carbon-based RFID tags offer unmatched cost-effectiveness  and sustainability, allowing any product, even individual vegetables, to receive its own digital passport.
Customize your SmartPack solution.
We understand your unique challenges and opportunities, and we're here to tailor the right solution for you.

About us

SmartPack by AlmaScience is the product of a robust partnership between AlmaScience innovation lab and stakeholders within the Portuguese cellulose, paper, and cork ecosystem. This alliance includes R&D centers, academia, private companies, and public entities, with support from the Portuguese government. This expansive network harnesses the collective expertise, skills, and resources of our associates, allowing us to efficiently transform product concepts into practical technological solutions—from inception to market launch
Firmo is a leading and emblematic Portuguese company in the paper and office supplies market, with a significant international presence. Firmo aims to develop and have access to smart and sustainable paper-based solutions for school and office supplies.
The Municipality of Almada is one of the biggest and most important councils in the Greater Lisbon area, home to a rich ecosystem of culture, science, and technology companies and institutions. The Municipality of Almada aims to strengthen regional ecosystem links and build up scientific literacy, bringing citizens, science, and technology closer together.
Clara Saúde is at the forefront of medical services, grouping several companies dedicated to health care. Clara Saúde aims to develop and have access to low-cost disposable smart health and environment diagnostic platforms.
INCM, the Portuguese Mint, is a leading provider of brand protection solutions. INCM aims to develop and have access to smart and sustainable paper-based solutions for security, identity, brand protection and counterfeiting, and track & trace.
NOVA is a leading higher education institution with internationally recognized research and quality teaching.
Fraunhofer Portugal was founded by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organization for applied research in Europe, with the objective of undertaking applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and for the wide benefit of society. Fraunhofer Portugal provides support for R&D activities around Embedded Electronics and Sensor Fusion & Embedded intelligence.
NOVA.ID FCT is an inspiring, multinational, and multicultural research ecosystem with over 100 researchers engaged in cutting-edge research, training, and outreach activities. NOVA.ID FCT supports R&D activities focused on advanced functional materials for micro and nanotechnologies, and soft and bio-functional materials.
RAÍZ is a non-profit research organization focused on technologies, products, and services in the fields of forest, pulp, paper, and forest-based biorefineries. RAÍZ supports R&D activities focused on paper pulp new substrates and functionalized paper manufacturing.
The Navigator Company is one of Portugal's strongest brands on the world stage, assuming a leading role in the international pulp and paper market. The Navigator Company aims to develop manufacturing skills on papers for functional printed electronics, establishing a portfolio that includes smart paper solutions for smart packaging, display, batteries, paper-based sensors, and micro/nanofluidics.

Meet the team behind SmartPack

At AlmaScience, a team of over 30 PhD’s and research assistants works at the crossroads of paper technology and coatings, chemistry and biotech, functional and smart materials, electronics and IoT. They are supported by a robust and diverse management team and advisory board with an international presence
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Hear from those who have innovated with us

"As a leading telecommunication company and provider of smart and connected home technologies we are always looking to innovate and deliver new experiences to our customers.

AlmaScience was able to challenge the status quo and deliver us not only with innovative ideas but also to quickly demonstrate working prototypes!

It has been a thrilling experience working with such an exceptionally talented and product-oriented development partner.

João Miguel Nunes Ferreira
Director of Innovation, NOS

“The development of a completely new sustainable long-shelf-life culture media for clinical microbiology is an extremely complex challenge.

We found AlmaScience to be the ideal development partner for this project as beyond their innovative and high technical competencies they are always product and business-oriented.”

Carlos Clara
President, Clara Saúde Group

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