We know that there are various uses of chlorine and one of the main one that comes to mind is to keep our pools safe because it keeps the water disinfected which means that it becomes safe for everyone to jump inside regardless of any conditions that they might have. Apart from that, we use chlorine for washing clothes and some other materials as well but did you think of chlorine as a disinfectant. Well, that is what AvantGuard is trying to do with chlorine.
AvantGuard CEO Edward “Ted” Eveleth said “We have a proven biocide that has no history of resistance generation,” and added, “Our mission is to be your first line of defense against all pathogens on all surfaces, skin included, and reserve oral antibiotics for when we need them most.” AvantGuard mentions that it “is working on a strategic partnership with a medical device company and is focused on creating an antifungal product. One of its patents will also be formalized this month. The company has plans to begin raising another round of funding at the end of the year”.
TechCrunch reports that “The company’s initial product is a spray-on antimicrobial coating called 247. It sprays on and when left to dry leaves behind a transparent film. When used in conjunction with a chlorinated disinfectant, it binds the chlorine to the surface that doesn’t wipe off easily. It also can be sprayed on a number of different surfaces, including fabric, which is how AvantGuard will use it on wound dressings”.
Eveleth says that “When pathogens land on the surface, it will kill the pathogens”. “We’re the only product that has been able to pass the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) testing for gram-negative, gram-positive, and enveloped viruses. We can get a 99.9% reduction within two hours as a residual antimicrobial coating, and we’re the only coating that could do that.”
As per the report, “What AvantGuard is doing differently than your average chlorine-based disinfectant is that it is making a polymer version. This enables them to do “all sorts of cool and interesting things” with halamines. Like sticking it on a surface or adding other functionalities so that no proteins will stick to it. This means it can make any surface an antimicrobial surface”.