A medical biotech firm pioneered by researchers at NUI Galway has developed a groundbreaking new barrier spray that can be utilized to deal with disposable face masks to forestall contamination from Covid-19 and different airborne pathogens.
quila Bioscience says its new ProShield expertise could make disposable masks 99laptop efficient in blocking out airborne viruses like Covid-19 in addition to different pathogens and dangerous particles.
The spray was developed as an off-shoot to its first product, a novel decontamination wipe known as the ABD System which might wipe out lethal pathogens like anthrax.
It makes use of the identical Pathogen Capturing Expertise (PCT) that’s based mostly on glycoscience – the research of protein and carbohydrates – which include microscopic “Velcro-like” constructions which bind and neutralise any dangerous pathogens.
And since PCT doesn’t include alcohol or different chemical substances, it’s fully protected to make use of on pores and skin.
David Murphy, director of expertise switch and Innovation, at NUI Galway, mentioned: “Timing is every part. Aquila Bioscience had developed the expertise and now, in lower than 12 months, they’ve developed a variety of thrilling merchandise to deal with the worldwide want for defense in opposition to Covid-19 and different pathogens.
“This exceptional journey is testimony to the experience and dedication of the corporate, and the entrepreneurial surroundings at NUI Galway.”
Prof Lokesh Joshi, founding father of Aquila Bioscience, mentioned the innovation was additionally pushed by the necessity to enhance safety of reusable masks, to scale back dependence on disposable masks and in the end to guard the surroundings by lowering plastic waste.
“With rising consciousness of waste created by single use PPE and the toll it’s taking over the surroundings, it’s crucial that we develop revolutionary, environmentally aware merchandise which might be protected to make use of and successfully shield customers.
“Attributable to an exponential rise within the variety of disposable masks used day by day, there was an enormous surge in ocean air pollution worldwide. Discarded plastic masks find yourself in all places – roadsides, fields, lakes, rivers and all the best way to the oceans, getting snarled in wildlife alongside the best way. They will take a whole bunch of years to slowly degrade into microplastics that are then ingested by marine life.
“Folks ought to be suggested to put on reusable face masks and now we’ve a expertise, impressed by nature, to enhance safety from material/cotton masks by blocking as much as 99laptop of airborne pathogens.”
The ProShield expertise was examined for its efficacy utilizing a wide range of material supplies and its potential to seize and block airborne pathogens. The outcomes confirmed that it dramatically improves the efficacy of the material materials to dam pathogens by between 94laptop and 99.5pc.
Whereas it isn’t presently accessible in retailers, the spray may be ordered by way of the corporate’s web site at www.aquilabioscience.com.