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NanoHorizons Announces Issuance of US Patent for Wash Durable Antimicrobial Textiles & Fibers

Posted: June 07, 2012

NanoHorizons Inc., a technology company focused on the development of antimicrobial additives for healthcare, textile, and industrial applications, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 8,183,167 B1 covering an antimicrobial and antifungal textile substrate with exceptional wash durability and efficacy.

Bellefonte, PA – June 7, 2012 – NanoHorizons Inc., a technology company focused on the development of nanoscale antimicrobial additives for healthcare, textile, and industrial applications, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 8,183,167 B1 covering an antimicrobial and antifungal textile substrate with exceptional wash durability and efficacy. Based on a proprietary manufacturing using nanoparticles such as silver, this patented technology is applicable to fabric and fiber products across a broad spectrum of industries where long-lasting, high performance antimicrobial protection is required.

“This patent is not only another important addition to NanoHorizons’ growing intellectual property portfolio,” states James Delattre, Vice President, NanoHorizons, “but it also provides the marketplace with a solution for high level wash durability and performance efficacy that has thus far eluded current antimicrobial technologies. Although the patent is specific to synthetic polymer fabrics and fibers, our antimicrobial additives can also be readily integrated into natural fibers and fabrics, coatings, foams and polymers to control the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold in devices, textiles and touch surfaces.”

Leveraging its proprietary technology, NanoHorizons develops, manufactures and markets silver additives under the SmartSilver® brand that significantly enhance silver’s inherent powers to control microbial growth. As a result, smaller additive amounts are needed to provide outstanding antimicrobial protection over a longer period of time. In addition, SmartSilver® protection does not thermally or UV degrade. SmartSilver® antimicrobial additives require no compromises in the manufacturing process or in product performance. SmartSilver® enhanced apparel and footwear stay fresh and odor-free. Foams and laminates protected by SmartSilver® resist microbe growth that causes degradation. Coating and plastics formulated with SmartSilver® protection prevent the growth of mildew and odor build-up. Hospital products that incorporate SmartSilver® additives help control bacteria on surfaces. The active ingredient in SmartSilver formulated products is EPA-registered under FIFRA and Oeko-Tex® approved as free from harmful levels of dangerous substances. SmartSilver® antimicrobial additives also have an FDA Device Master File in place. For more detailed information about SmartSilver®, visit www.smartsilver.com.

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