Welcome to MiTRA
Chemical Consulting


We are an independent chemical and material science consulting company that focuses on providing our clients value-added solutions for strategic technology analysis, product design and development and guidance in manufacturing scale-up and production. With backgrounds rooted in innovation we are co-inventors of 130+ U.S. patents and their foreign equivalents. We have assisted clients, whether they are small and large corporations, from across the globe in all aspects of their R&D needs from concept development and opportunity analysis to product design and commercialization.

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  • Dr. Sumita B. Mitra &
    Dr. Smarajit Mitra
  • Strong background in R&D and management
  • Global consulting experience
  • Extensive industry network

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  • Technology evaluation
  • Opportunity analysis
  • Product design and development
  • Intellectual property analysis and guidance

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  • Industrial & biomedical adhesives/coatings
  • Personal care and cosmetic ingredients
  • Food safety and food service markets
  • Nanocomposites

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  • Idea generation process
  • Competitive benchmarking
  • Identification of future market opportunities
  • Innovation management process

Your Team

Mitra Chemical Consulting, LLC was founded by two partners who were trained in organic & polymer chemistry and material science at the University of Michigan and subsequently at Case Western Reserve University. The goal of our consulting engagement is to have a collaborative relationship with client companies to meet every aspect of our clients’ technological needs. This way we provide services and recommendations that ensure the success of our clients’ endeavors. The Partners have extensive experience in research, product development and managing business growth. They have been recognized as inventors or co-inventors of 135+ issued US patents and their corresponding foreign equivalents and have numerous publications (120+) including 10 chapters in 8 books as well as many speaking engagements at industrial and professional events. The partners also lecture and publish on the history of chemistry and chronological developments in the chemical sciences.

Sumita B. Mitra, PhD., Partner, has 35 years of experience in innovation at a major Fortune 500 multinational company and as a Principal in a consulting firm. For 10 years she was the Industrial Director of a Biomaterials and Biomechanics Center at a leading US University. Dr. Mitra is the creator and inventor of many new materials & technologies for the Health Care, Imaging and Industrial Markets. She also specializes in the management of Innovation. Her R&D efforts have been translated into the development and commercialization of several innovative product segments for the dental and orthodontic market including nanocomposites, glass ionomers and biomedical adhesives.  Her experience of interacting with customers in 45 countries has provided her with an insight of how global markets work. She brings her extensive industrial experience in developing solutions for a multitude of segments in the chemical industry for polymers, biomaterials and specialty & performance chemicals. In addition to 99 US issued patents, 120+ publications and 10 book chapters Dr. Mitra authored has received many honors and awards in recognition of her industrial innovation. Examples: ACS Regional Industrial Innovation Award 2004; American Chemical Society “Heroes of Chemistry Award”, 2009; IADR Peyton Skinner Award 2012. In 2018 She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Smarajit Mitra, Ph.D., Partner, brings  over 34 years of experience at a major Fortune 500 global multinational company and as a Principal in a consulting firm. He has worked in product related R&D, laboratory management, new business ventures, strategic planning, successful mergers & acquistions and consulting. His expertise covers polymers and plastics, photochemical processes, microencapsulation, silicones, polyurethanes, cosmetics and personal care, food safety, cleaning and sanitation, occupational safety and industrial and commercial coatings and adhesives.

In his career, Dr. Mitra has managed technologies for many leading brands, created start-up businesses, collaborated globally with industry-leading companies in bringing new product categories to market and guided manufacturing process and supply chain development for successful commercializations. His innovative research in polymeric dyes and stabilizers, microcapsule-based delivery, cosmetics & personal care ingredients,  cleaning and sanitation chemicals & tools, occupational safety products and coatings in construction markets  have been recognized by numerous awards and responsible positions in scientific and trade associations. He has consulted with many companies  globally on his areas of expertise.

Expertise

Polymers & Plastics

  • Synthetic & Manufacturing Methodology
  • Biomedical Polymers
  • Renewable Resource Based Polymers
  • Matrices for Composites – especially nanocomposites
  • Applications of specific polymeric systems
  • Polymer stabilization
  • Technical & Market Trends
  • Intellectual Property

Dental Materials

  • Dental composites including nanocomposites
  • Adhesives and cements
  • Glass-ionomer and RMGI cements
  • Materials for Digital dentistry (CAD/CAM, 3-D printing stc.)
  • Orthodontic materials
  • Materials for preventive dentistry

Microencapsulation

  • Method Development
  • Materials Selection
  • Applications

Cleaning & Sanitation

  • Chemical Formulations
  • Antimicrobials
  • Cleaning Tools

Personal Care & Cosmetcs

  • Ingredient Development
  • Renewable Resources
  • Chemical Formulations
  • Intellectual Property
  • Industry Trends & Strategies

Food Services & Food Safety

  • HACCP Guidance
  • New Technologies
  • Time-Temperature Management
  • Industry Trends & Strategies
  • Food Safety Business Development

Adhesives & Coatings

  • Industrial, Commercial & Biomedical
  • Ingredient Development
  • Formulation & Evaluation

Specialty Materials

  • Fillers for composites including nanocomposites
  • Sol-gel materials
  • Hydrophilic and hydrophobic surface modifiers
  • Emulsion stabilizers
  • Antimicrobial materials
  • UV stabilizers and antioxidants including polymer-bound systems

Innovation Management

  • Idea generation process
  • Competitive benchmarking
  • Identification of future market opportunities
    Innovation management process

Services Provided


Mitra CC offers a free initial consultation, with follow-up on-site, phone and e-mail consultation services. Consultation is on an hourly basis or by an overall project cost. Consultation may include, but is not limited to:

  • Evaluation of technology landscape in a specific industrial, commercial, consumer or health-care field related to our expertise. This includes technology trend analyses.
  • Technical and business information on specific organic, polymeric or ceramic materials
  • Recommendations on chemical formulation and compatibility issues of ingredients
  • Advice in opportunity analysis, project feasibility and product development
  • Recommendations of manufacturing processes and contract manufacturers capable of conducting these processes
  • Performing journal and patent literature searches and providing technology perspective reports
  • Advising and teaching courses in the Innovation process and its management
  • Provide chronological perspective of chemical innovation through publications and presentations on history of chemical developments

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is available upon request.

Innovation Strategy Consulting


At Mitra Chemical Consulting we firmly believe that designing an innovation strategy is the key to a company’s business growth.  With our experience firmly rooted in innovation we can help you review some of the best practices for fostering innovation and applying it to fit your company’s growth strategy.

Our services include:

  • Management of the idea generation process
  • Identification of current technology trends in the client’s area of interest
  • Identification of unmet market needs and future market opportunities utilizing these technologies
  • Global landscape/trend analyses and scenario development
  • Connecting the new technologies and inventions to specific markets
  • Benchmarking of competitive technologies
  • Teaching short courses on the innovation process including idea generation, qualification and implementation

RECENT PATENTS

Issued to Sumita Mitra:

US 9,700,684 Medical delivery devices and methods for applying a barrier composition to a targeted skin surface, July 11, 2017

US 9,517,186 Dental compositions with calcium phosphorus releasing glass. December 13, 2016

US 9,414,995 Dental fillers including a phosphorus-containing surface treatment, and compositions and methods thereof. August 16, 2016.

US 9,314,601 Medical delivery devices and methods for applying a barrier composition to a targeted skin surface. April 19, 2016.

US 9,296,767 Surface-treated calcium phosphate particles suitable for oral care and dental compositions. March 29, 2016.

US 9,271,813 Digitally-painted dental articles. March 1, 2016

US 9,237,990 Polymerizable isocyanurate monomers and dental compositions. January19, 2016.

US 923,054 Dental fillers including a phosphorus-containing surface treatment, and compositions and methods thereof. January 12, 2016.

US 920,673 Surface-treated calcium phosphate particles suitable for oral care and dental compositions. December 29, 2015.

US 9,060,832 Fabrication of dental articles using digitally controlled reductive and digitally controlled additive processes. June 23, 2015.
US 9,050,252 Method of surface treating inorganic oxide particles June 9, 2015.
US 9,028,884 Medical delivery devices and methods for applying a barrier composition to a targeted skin surface. May 12, 2015
Issued to Smarajit Mitra:

US 9,314,601 Medical delivery devices and methods for applying a barrier composition to a targeted skin surface. April 19, 2016.

US 9,028,884 Medical delivery devices and methods for applying a barrier composition to a targeted skin surface, May 12, 2015.
US 8,607,921 Hearing protection process and device. December 17, 2013
US 7,915,211 Solid Cleaners for heated food preparationi surfaces. March 29,2011.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Sumita Mitra recenty taught a course entitled “Introduction to Biomaterials” at St. Petersburg College, Florida. April 2016.
Sumita Mitra recently taught courses at School of Dentistry, U. of Minnesota, “Dental Biomaterials Resin Composites”. 2015 , 2016, 2017.

Mechanisms of setting reactions and interfacial behavior of a nano-filled resin-modified glass ionomer. Afshin Falsafi, Sumita Mitra, Joe Oxman, Hoa Bui, Tiffany Ton, Dental Materials 30(6): 632-643, 2014.

Sumita Mitra recenty taught a course entitled “The Role of FDA and Other Regulatory Agencies in the Development and Manufacture of Medical Devices” at St. Petersburg College, Florida. 2015

Sumita Mitra recently gave a presentation entitled “Innovation and Individual: The Essential Habits of the Effective Innovator” at Target Corporation Headquarters.

Abstract: Organizations do not work in vacuum; they are comprised of real people. But what does innovation mean for the individual employee? Effective innovations are created by individual people in an organization who through their imagination, diligence and collaborative efforts take ideas to the next step of implementation. This presentation will focus on innovation at the personal level and examine some of the common behavior patterns that successful inventors have followed to overcome challenges and turn their ideas into useful innovations.

Click here for a summary of the Habits.

BOOK CHAPTER:
“Preparation and Properies of Dental Nanocomposites” in Applications of Nanomaterials, ed. RS Chaughule and SC Watawe, American Scientific Publishers, Valenica, Cailifornia, USA 2013