Archive for the ‘Antimicrobial’ Category

Antimicrobial Hydrogel Destroys Superbugs

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and IBM Research unveiled the first-ever antimicrobial hydrogel that can break apart biofilms and destroy multidrug-resistant superbugs upon contact. According to a press release issued by the institute, tests have demonstrated the effectiveness of this novel synthetic material in eliminating various ...

Leoni Introduces Antimicrobial Cables at Compamed

Friday, November 16th, 2012

German supplier of cable systems Leoni showcased a new acid-based antimicrobial technology at Compamed in Düsseldorf, Germany, this week. The use of antimicrobial device housings, cables and cords in healthcare environments can minimise the risk of infection. The antimicrobial cables have properties that mimic the acid protective layer in humans, says ...

Bayer MaterialScience Presents Antimicrobial Plastics for Medical Device Applications

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Bayer MaterialScience presented its range of antimicrobial plastic grades for medical applications last week at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA. Healthcare-associated infections are a rising problem in the United States, and hospitals welcome innovative technology that can help to keep infections at bay. With three antimicrobial polycarbonate grades and one ...

Clariant Adds Antimicrobial Masterbatches to Mevopur Range of Materials

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

From the wire: Clariant has announced the addition of antimicrobial masterbatches based on MedX antimicrobial agents from Sanitized AG to its dedicated Mevopur range to support the development of medical devices with surfaces that are active against bacteria. Independent testing of the active ingredients by Sanitized has shown them to ...

CamStent Demonstrates Effectiveness of Its Antimicrobial Surface Coating

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

CamStent Ltd., an emerging medical materials company, has announced the results from a study which demonstrate that the company’s first product from its surface coating platform exerts strong antimicrobial effects against the organisms primarily responsible for hospital-acquired urinary-tract infections. CamStent’s first surface coating product, which was developed at the University of ...

Caught on Video: Copper Kills Bacteria

Monday, April 4th, 2011

A live broadcast from the University of Southampton showed how copper can help reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospitals. The experiment conducted in a laboratory at the UK university used state-of-the-art fluorescent microscopy to show copper annihilating a concentration of MRSA bacteria within minutes. The MRSA bacteria perished ...

Dow Chemical Opens Microbial Control Centre in Switzerland

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The Dow Chemical Co. has opened an updated customer application center and fully upgraded R&D Centre of Excellence in Buchs, Switzerland. The facilities serve to apply world-class science and technology on a local and regional basis to solve microbial control problems related to disease transmission, says Mark Henning, General Manager, Dow ...

Antimicrobial Copper May Help Prevent Spread of NDM-1

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Studies conducted at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom provide further evidence of the antimicrobial benefits of copper contact surfaces in healthcare settings. According to the studies, the metal is a potentially useful control measure for the newly emergent New Delhi Metallo-1 beta-lactamase (NDM-1) group of enteric bacteria ...

UK Electronics Manufacturer and Design House Sets Up Medtech Division

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

UK electronic products manufacturer and design house Bytec has formed a subsidiary dedicated to medical equipment and services. Headquartered in Redhill, Surrey, Bytec Medical is developing a range of human-machine interface (HMI) products for the healthcare industry. "Our experience within Bytec Group means that we fully understand the demands of medical ...

Using Surface Engineering to Control Biofilms

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_4522" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The above images shows a Staphylococcus aureus biofilm on the surface of a catheter. Image courtesy of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"][/caption] Scientists at Syracuse University have made gains in understanding bacterial biofilm formation by researching bacterial growth on patterned gold surfaces. Assistant professors ...

First Positive Displacement Needleless Connector with Antimicrobial Technology

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Infusion therapy products company Medegen has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its MaxGuard advanced luer activated device featuring Agion antimicrobial technology. It is the first positive displacement needleless connector featuring impregnation of the antimicrobial additive into each of the components ...

Florida-Based Company Looks to Sharks for Combating Hospital Infections

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

A Florida-based company known as Sharklet Technologies has developed a material inspired by shark skin that could be used to reduce hospital-acquired infections. The silicone film mimics the rough pattern of shark scales, thus preventing bacterial growth on its surface. Sharks’ unique skin has the ability to remain free of ...