Kraton goes the regulatory route
Earlier this month, specialty polymers producer Kraton announced that it is seeking regulatory approval for Biaxam, a sulfonate polymer technology with durable self-disinfecting properties. Studies reportedly have shown that it quickly inactivates up to 99.99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, and other microbes.
Biaxam potentially could be used as a coating on personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields, as well as a variety of high-contact surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, public transportation surfaces, and cellphone cases, said Kraton. Additionally, it could be used as a replaceable peel-and-stick film for a broad range of medical, textile, building and construction, and packaging applications.
Kraton is seeking regulatory approval for the material’s use as a durable disinfectant from the US Environmental Protection Agency and regulatory bodies around the world. The efficacy of Biaxim technology has been studied by highly regarded organizations, including Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, North Carolina State University, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Syngene International Ltd.
"Currently there are no EPA-approved long-lasting disinfectants, so this technology is truly extraordinary,” said Dr. Vijay Mhetar, Kraton Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “We believe the EPA would approve Biaxam for the US market and allow us to market the solution due to the novel antimicrobial properties it has demonstrated."