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Manufacturer of SmartSilver Nanoscale Antimicrobial Additives Joins Silver Nanotechnology Working Group

Published on April 2, 2009 at 4:07 AM

NanoHorizons Inc., 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 applications.

"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.

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