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Antimicrobial technologies will play a big part in future wound care materials to help reduce the risk of infections and the dependence on antibiotics (prevention over cure).
Novel Antimicrobial Materials
We create novel materials to add functionality to your product. One such area is in the development of antimicrobial materials and coatings using two key technology approaches.
- Incorporating antimicrobial elements inherently into the chemistry of our materials. These work either by surface contact or dissolution of active ions - these materials can then be applied as antimicrobial additives or thin surface coatings to any medical device
- Developing resorbable composite materials with specific surface functionality and properties, allowing multiple mechanisms of action to limit the ability of the bacteria to resist attack.
In collaboration with the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at King’s College London, Lucideon has developed an antimicrobial coating for portable communication devices. The technology aims to cut the risk of cross infection from tablet devices and smart phones, appliances that are increasingly being used by healthcare professionals. The resulting crack-free and transparent antimicrobial coating offers excellent adhesion to the glass surface of handheld devices, and can be applied to other medical devices and products.
Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing (AET)
We perform antimicrobial effectiveness testing (AET or PET (Preservative Efficacy Testing)) on an array of products. Quantitative and qualitative analysis measures the effectiveness of your antimicrobial coatings and materials.