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Instituto de investigación eslovaco que ha desarrollado nuevos materiales con efecto antibacteriano controlable busca licenciatarios o inversores

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOSK20170929001
Publicado:
13/10/2017
Caducidad:
13/10/2018
Resumen:
Un instituto de investigación eslovaco ha desarrollado un nuevo material antibacteriano con propiedades especiales. El nanocomposite único, con puntos cuánticos de polímero/carbono, se caracteriza por el efecto antibacteriano controlable, que se activa por la acción de luz azul. Después de la radiación de este material con un diodo LED azul convencional, se produce oxígeno singlete que altera de forma efectiva las membranas bacterianas en poco tiempo. El efecto antibacteriano no disminuye con el tiempo y su ciclo de vida es el mismo que la vida útil del polímero. El instituto de investigación busca licenciatarios o inversores.

Details

Tittle:
An established Slovak research institute has developed a novel antibacterial materials with controllable antibacterial effect and is looking for licensees or investors
Summary:
An established Slovak research institute has developed a novel antibacterial material with special properties. The unique (nanocomposite) material, polymer/carbon quantum dots, is characterized by a controllable antibacterial effect that is activated by the action of blue light. After irradiation of this material with a conventional blue LED diode, singlet oxygen is produced which effectively disrupts bacterial membranes in a very short time.They are looking for licensee or investor.
Description:
The main problem of current methods used in antibacterial treatment is the use of costly materials which are additionally cytotoxic. Therefore, there is a need for new materials that will have controllable antibacterial activity to prevent bacterial resistance. These materials should be furthermore inexpensive, should not have side effects, and should require minimal maintenance.
Recently, a new class of carbon nanoparticles has been prepared, and denoted as carbon quantum dots, which are an effective source of active oxygen. This form of oxygen can disrupt bacteria membranes in a very short time.
A team of inventors from the Slovak research institute has achieved to mix this unique material into a polymer, creating a polymer composite with special properties. Antibacterial properties have been observed at very low content of carbon quantum dots which significantly reduces the cost of the composite material (as plastics themselves are inexpensive).
The wide range of use of current polymer materials predestines this material for use as flooring material, wall and window covering, fibers for antibacterial sutures on the body surface and other applications where antibacterial effect is required, particularly in medical applications and in industries, such as production of foods and pharmaceutical production. This material also offers another important feature - the possibility of controlling the antibacterial effect which is (e.g. when used for floors and wall coverings in hospitals) controlled by the number of turned on blue LED diodes on the ceilings or walls for example only during working hours. In addition, the antibacterial effect of the composite material does not decrease with time, and thus its lifetime is the same as the length of use of the polymer.
The research institute is looking for partners to cooperate with via license agreement (the Slovak research institute is looking for licensees) or via financial agreement (an investor is sought).
Advantages and Innovations:
Competitive advantage:
· Lower production costs of the material compared to antibacterial agents based on silver or titanium,
· Controllable antibacterial activity of the material,
· Antibacterial activity is triggered by the action of blue light (e.g. by using a common blue LED diode); without the presence of this radiation (i.e. in the dark) the material does not show any toxicity to bacteria,
· Non-degradable, stable material over a long period of time,
· Insolubility of the material in water or biological fluids (urine, blood, sweat).
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type: company (industry)

Field of activity: building industry - use as flooring material, wall and window covering, medical applications and in industries, production of foods and pharmaceutical production.

Role: License agreement - the Slovak research institute is looking for licensees
Financial agreement - an investor into this technology is sought.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
German
Slovak

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02006001 Materials, components and systems for construction
02007024 Nanomaterials
02007014 Plastics, Polymers
08001004 Procesado de alimentos