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Posted: April 2, 2009
NanoHorizons Joins Silver Institute's Silver Nanotechnology Working Group
(Nanowerk News) 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.
About NanoHorizons Inc.
NanoHorizons Inc. is a leader in the emerging, cutting-edge field of practical nanotechnology for a broad range of consumer, commercial, and industrial applications. The company’s nanoscale silver antimicrobial additives, marketed globally to customers in the apparel, health care, and coatings and plastics industries under the SmartSilver brand (www.smartsilver.com), uniquely offer permanent, safe and cost-effective bacterial control in a variety of products, including natural and synthetic fibers and fabrics as well as coatings, foams and polymer applications. SmartSilver additives are EPA registered and Oeko-Tex approved. NanoHorizons’ experienced team of scientists, engineers, and operational managers provide product research, design, development, and laboratory testing, manufacture, and customer technical and sales support. The company is privately held and headquartered in Penn State University’s Innovation Park in State College, Pennsylvania.
About the Silver Institute
The Silver Institute is an international industry association, which serves as the silver industry’s voice in increasing public understanding of the many uses and value of silver. The Silver Nanotechnology Working Group is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and is operated under the auspices of the Silver Research Consortium, a research program funded by the silver industry. www.SilverInstitute.org.