Eastman Kodak Company and PurThread Technologies, Inc., announced on Monday that they will collaborate to expand Kodak's proprietary antimicrobial technology to hard and soft surfaces.
The companies said that Kodak's expertise in materials science and PurThread's knowledge of textile manufacturing, product formulation and the healthcare market will be a great collaboration in the joint development agreement.
"This JDA builds on our promising collaboration with PurThread to embed Kodak's technology into fabrics," Tom McHugh, Kodak's general manager for materials technology and business development, said. "The demand for antimicrobial surfaces is only going to grow in response to infection prevention efforts around the globe."
At the center of the JDA is Kodak's silver-based antimicrobial technology, and PurThread has an exclusive agreement to use the agent in textiles. The company is able to add the EPA-registered version of a silver salt into synthetic fibers before they are spun into yarn and made into fabric.
"PurThread products made with Kodak's EPA-registered antimicrobial agent have performed exceptionally well in protecting fabrics from contamination, and we believe surface applications can be developed with the same high quality and effectiveness," Lisa Grimes, the CEO of PurThread Technologies, said. "Healthcare, military and top-tier consumer product companies are searching for powerful antimicrobial surface solutions for their patients, customers, and our service-members. We look forward to working with Kodak to develop them."