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Noble Biomaterials tests fabric's antiviral effectiveness

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Jun '20
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Noble Biomaterials has announced the results of third-party laboratory testing of fabric made with its X- Static technology against human coronavirus OC43, a common strain of coronavirus. The company produces advanced material technologies for mission-critical applications in the performance apparel, healthcare, and emerging wearable technology markets.

The lab results, from BioScience Laboratories, showed that the metallised Noble Biomaterials fabric reduced the viability of the virus six times faster than the unmetallised control fabric. Several Noble Biomaterials customers, including mask manufacturers Flaviatex and Filartex, are already using this material, according to a press release by Noble Biomaterials.

Products made with Noble Biomaterials’ X-Static and Ionic+ technologies can promote a safer healthcare environment by permanently inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria and fungi and preventing bacterial cross-contamination. The company has supplied partners on five continents with enough antimicrobial products to make tens of millions of pieces of PPE as well as other soft-surface materials that provide antimicrobial protection to patients and healthcare workers.

“As a major supplier to the healthcare, military and consumer industries, we wanted to have a neutral third party test our fabric technology to ensure it could help reduce the viability of the virus. These lab results provide critical safety information for our partners, particularly in the healthcare industry, where cross-contamination and infection prevention are constant concerns,” Jeff Keane, CEO of Noble Biomaterials said.

“Our mission has always been to protect, so we’re grateful that our lab-tested materials are able to provide another layer of protection for healthcare workers, patients and consumers during this healthcare crisis, whether the fabrics are used for scrubs and surgical gowns, bedding and privacy curtains, or consumer masks and apparel,” Keane added.

As a maker of advanced soft-surface protection materials for medical, military and commercial use, Pennsylvania-based Noble Biomaterials is considered a life-sustaining business and was, therefore, able to stay open during the Pennsylvania shutdown due to COVID-19 to meet increasing demand for materials used in healthcare fabrics. In addition to being registered as an antimicrobial with the US EPA, X-Static holds multiple 510(k) FDA approvals for advanced wound-/burn-care dressings and has undergone extensive safety testing. It is also Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified.

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