LATI Industria Termoplastici S.p.A. presented a study entitled: "Innovative antimicrobial thermoplastic compositions" to IBS 2010, to explore frontiers and applications of biotechnology for a healthier and more sustainable future, and a knowledge-based bioeconomy.
Large participation of the International biotech industry.
From 14 to 18 September 2010 LATI S.p.A. presented a study entitled "Innovative Antimicrobial Thermoplastic Compositions" at the 14th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition held in Rimini, Italy.
This important event gathered together more than 1500 people from all over the world, aiming to explore new frontiers and applications of biotechnology for a more sustainable future, based on the world bio-economics and with a close co-operation between industry, academic research and governmental authorities.
The symposium was divided into nine sessions among which Environmental, Medical and Pharmaceutical, Plant and Forest, Food, chaired by major experts with a worldwide reputation.
During oral presentations were treated very relevant topics of global interest, among which:
Our study raised an international interest in the Environmental biotechnology session since it was aimed to compare the antimicrobial activity of several additives added to structural thermoplastics such as our LATIGLOSS in order to limit the spread of hospital acquired infections (whose MRSA is the major cause).
The microbiological tests have been carried out in compliance with the strict International standard ISO 22196:2007, "Measurement of Antibacterial Activity on Plastic Surfaces", in order to obtain a reliable reduction in the microbial population when measured in comparison with the standard.
In a nutshell, the outcome of this study showed that the most effective chemical element was copper (FDA approved) in comparison with silver (already known for its properties), zinc and barium.
In particular, copper is known to express his action interfering with osmotic cell balance.
Finally, the mechanical characteristics as well as electrical and aesthetics have been investigated and no significant detrimental effects were observed.
And last but not least, these materials have a long lasting antibacterial effect due to their in-mass formulation, considerably more durable than common surface treated items at standard condition of use.