A novel class of iodine technology has been developed producing iodophors in many product forms that control release iodine in minute, biocompatible quantities resulting in sanitizing products with superior biocidal efficacy, and lower toxicity than many traditional biocidal agents. Iodine is of natural origin and already present in our bodies.
My name is Solomon Rosenblatt, a biomedical chemist with more than 50 years experience in medical device development. I first became interested in the antimicrobial properties of iodine while working with the Apollo Mission program, where I focused on lateral infection control among the astronauts in the space capsule and moon surface contamination. Decades later, being familiar with the broad spectrum antimicrobial properties of iodine, I became aware of the problem of increasing drug resistance to many microbes from antibiotic overuse. This led me to develop a more effective biocompatible antimicrobial bandage to treat resistant wound infections. This dressing was approved by the FDA and is distributed by Medline, branded as “IoPlex” with satisfactory acceptance with rapidly growing sales over 2 years of marketing.
The antimicrobial properties of this innovation and its added capability for treating biofilms (resistant bacteria) in general, is an important contribution to today's microbial environment. Improved effectiveness against biofilms could be an special advantage for a household sanitizer, on masks or other medical instruments.
A novel class of iodine technology has been developed producing iodophors in many product forms that control release iodine in minute, biocompatible quantities resulting in sanitizing products with superior biocidal efficacy, and lower toxicity than many traditional biocidal agents. Iodine is of natural origin and already present in our bodies. The broad spectrum effectiveness of iodine against both gram positive/negative bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and some spores is well known. These new iodophors are based on iodine combined with special organics, controlling its release to safe levels, enabling formulation into antimicrobial sponges, liquids, powders, first aid gels and creams, and super absorbent wound healing dressings, inks and dyes. A common characteristic of these iodophor based products is that they turn color as their iodine content is depleted, indicating both confidence in functionality and time for replacement.
Inspired by the needs of the COVID-19 epidemic, a novel re-usable sanitizing sponge foam wipe was developed utilizing another version of this same technology. However, EPA and FDA requirements limited its distribution after a successful local market study and rapid sales. This antimicrobial soft absorbent sponge was initially intended for hand sanitizing (instead of alcohol gels), but customers also found it useful to wipe down home surfaces (faucets, counter tops, door knobs, handles, etc). They noted special appreciation that the wipe changed color indicating when its iodine content was depleted so that they knew when they should replace the wipe to maintain effectiveness. The response was very satisfactory both from sampling and limited sales.
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The technologies scale up and applications are provisionally patented. If P&G has interest in applying these technologies to its sanitizing needs, FDA data, log reduction times, list of microorganisms treated, lab studies, and samples are available. For example, attached is a photo of a quick conception of a selectively printed disposable paper towel with antimicrobial “ink,” emphasizing the Bounty logo, as well as a photo of packaging for our pandemic project: The IoWipe. Other adaptations of the technology in development are on site water purification, use in filters for sanitizing air, and antimicrobial surfacing of wall coverings, face masks and gloves. Included in the attachments are some of the original slides from a pitch deck we developed in connection to this product, as well as other images you may find useful.
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Adaptation of technology to other markets