the developer and manufacturer of SmartSilver nanoscale antimicrobial additives
for textiles, health care, and industrial applications, has joined with four
other companies to create the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group under the
sponsorship of the Silver Institute and the Silver Research Consortium. The
group's purpose is to collect and generate data that more completely document
the performance benefits of silver nanoparticles in consumer and industrial
"As conscientious scientists, we thrive on intensive research and peer
review of our findings," says Dr. James Delattre, VP Global Marketing
at NanoHorizons Inc. "Collaboration with other like-minded companies through
the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group will allow us to more quickly advance
silver nanoparticle science and bring additional beneficial products to market."
"We are excited to have NanoHorizons' participation in this important
industry endeavor," says Dr. Rosalind Volpe, Executive Director of the
Silver Nanotechnology Working Group. "NanoHorizons' scientists have
done extensive work to ensure the safety of their SmartSilver antimicrobial
technology and we are pleased that they are willing to share their expertise
for the industry's benefit."
The Silver Nanotechnology Working Group will initially focus on increasing
scientific, regulatory, and public understanding of silver nanotechnology with
concentration on the environmental and human health aspects. "Silver has
been revered as an effective antimicrobial since ancient times," continues
Delattre. "The application of modern nanotechnology to silver enhances
its natural antimicrobial benefits and greatly increases the breadth of its
useful applications." For example, NanoHorizons' SmartSilver additives
are used to effectively control bacteria in apparel, medical devices and textiles,
as well as coatings and plastics.
Prior to joining the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group, NanoHorizons worked
with the EPA to ensure that its SmartSilver antimicrobial additives pose no
risk to the environment when used in fibers, coatings, and polymer applications.
NanoHorizons also obtained approval from the International Oeko-Tex Association
to confirm that the additives do not contain harmful levels of substances believed
to be dangerous to human health. Silver is not included on Oeko-Tex's
list of restricted substances.
"We are excited to be part of this new research group and look forward
to expanding the existing body of scientific knowledge about silver nanotechnology's
many benefits," says Delattre.