This new clothing by Salt Lake City-based tech startup, SINTX Technologies, could be the latest in Covid killing technology.

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This new clothing by Salt Lake City-based tech startup, SINTX Technologies, could be the latest in Covid killing technology.

This new clothing technology could inactivate Covid and other viral diseases

Perhaps now more than ever, we seem to be acutely aware of microbes’ abilities to infect, interact, and incubate all over the place. So, why don’t we more often consider all the microbes on our clothing? 

Your clothes are, in fact, not sterile—there are many bacterial organisms attached to your clothing. Fortunately, the vast majority of these do absolutely no harm by being there or may even benefit you in microscopic ways. But other microbes—bacteria, viruses, prions, take your pick—could carry anything from a superficial skin infection to a life-threatening systemic disease. 

Salt Lake City-based SINTX Technologies is laying the groundwork for a microscopic biomaterial capable of neutralizing some of these noxious organisms. As an equipment manufacturer (OEM) of advanced ceramic biomaterial, SINTX recently released new results on producing fabrics impregnated with its key material compound, silicon nitride, which may provide clothing with antipathogenic capabilities. 

Some initial results of third-party testing of this technology showed the clothing’s ability to neutralize and inactivate Staphylococcus aureus, one of the key microbes responsible for a host of human infections. Silicon nitride is commonly used within the SINTX armamentarium as an osseointegrative bioactive ceramic implant base material. The company has several applications of the material across different areas of biomaterial manufacturing, including craniomaxillofacial reconstruction and hip/knee surgery. Silicon nitride is inherently antipathogenic in addition to its osseointegrative properties. 

“The discovery of novel silicon nitride properties has enabled SINTX to provide differentiated products into an ever-expanding variety of market spaces,” says Dr. Ryan Bock, SINTX’s VP for Research and Development. Bock has supported the company for 13 years and has an extensive background in advanced ceramics, colloid and surface science, and biomaterials. 

SINTX COO David O’Brien says he and his team are working full-steam to bring about the advancement of novel antimicrobial technologies in a broad range of applications. “With the resurgence of Covid and new variants, along with other new health threats continuing to surface, we believe the advanced technologies being developed by SINTX have the potential to help a large global population by simply enhancing basic, every day (household) materials,” he says.

It’s no surprise that SINTX is rolling out these broad-ranging goals for further material development, given the broad spectrum of microbes that are specifically neutralized with the active compounds embedded within the ceramic. This list includes bacteria such as MRSA, E. coli, S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, Enterococcus, P. gingivalis, and S. epidermidis, as well as viral microbes such as enterovirus, the common flu, and SARS-Cov-2, the causative agent of Covid.

One of SINTX’s leading products in this broad-spectrum approach is FleX-SNAP, which is developed from a powdered form of silicon nitride and can be used as an additive, coating, or composite to impart or enhance antipathogenic properties in products from masks to bandages. FleX-SNAP offers the antipathogenic properties of silicon nitride in a form that can be added to items such as textiles and surface coatings for resistance to bacterial colonization and the ability to inactivate various pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Perhaps with SINTX embedding its antipathogenic products into our clothing in the coming years, we will have more peace of mind as we hustle through the tumultuous, microbe-invested world around us.

Jeremie is an experienced MedTech and healthcare consultant, research scientist, entrepreneur, and clinician-in-training. He is passionate about identifying clinical shortcomings and developing patient-centered solutions through novel therapeutic approaches, healthcare delivery optimization, and translational research innovation.

Comments (1)

  • Scott Mosier

    Sintx has been destroying shareholders for years now. Last one was there big Covid killing mask they leaked info online (VP Don Bray on june19th 2020 “catch and kill Covid” leak) to raise 25million for this new mask. Money was raised, stock was diluted and there was never a mask, Sintx never explained to shareholders what happened, just that it’s not there job. Fiduciary Duty is non existent at Sintx, I suggest you do a story on Sintx shareholders who for well over 5 years been demanding changes at sintx for the multi years of dilution and reverse splits that have taken ALL money from shareholders with less annual revenue then the CEO’s salary. Do a story on this please and how companies like Sintx rely solely on shareholders money to keep paychecks coming as almost no insider investment or institutional investment at Sintx. They do not believe in their own company, as for years they have done nothing but spend shareholder money on redesigning offices and saying everything under NDA’s for years. Please investigate what’s actually happening at sintx from the investors point of view as our money keeps disappearing and CEO Sonny Bal always asking for more. Look into the dates stock gets shorted and news releases from sintx also. Someone at Sintx in cahoots with shorters, anson funds currently under investigation by DOJ is a known shorters of sintx and was also in communication with them at one point. They know all sintx moves before anyone and brag about it. Investigate sintx, help out the little guys getting abused by a public company who hides from shareholders.

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