ANTIBACTERIAL 3D PRINTED SURGICAL SEPARATOR Surgical separators are key pieces in any operating room in the world. Historically, they have...
We are a Chilean/US based company founded by professionals passionate about innovation and the impact that new technologies have on the quality of life of people.
We hack materials to transform them into antibacterial, avoid infections and save millions of lives!
The statistics are worrying:
· 10% of all worldwide patients admitted in a hospital will acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI)1
· Annually in the US, 2 million of patients gets infected in hospitals2
· 90.000 of them die2
· The estimated cost for the US Healthcare System is up to USD
45 Billion2, 3
· 50% of HAI’s at worldwide level are attributable to bacterial contamination of Medical Devices4
· >40% of Amputees present dermic complication due to High Bacterial Burden of Prosthetics and Orthotics5
1 World Health Organization (WHO)
2 Patricia W. Stone, Economic Burden of Healthcare-Associated Infections, An American Perspective.
3 Scott RD. The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention.
4 Kenawy, E., Worley, S. D., Broughton, R. 2007. The Chemistry and Applications of Antimicrobial Polymers: A State-of-the-Art Review.
5 (Dudek NL, 2005; Dudek NL, 2006; Maulenbelt HE, 2009)
Our portfolio of materials is scientifically tested in microbiology laboratories and has successfully approved the most demanding mechanical tests.
PLACTIVE AN1™ is an innovative Nanocomposite developed with a high quality PLA and a patented, scientifically validated and highly effective Nano-Copper additive.
This unique combination of technologies brings the following characteristics to our products:
Antibacterial action has been scientifically validated eliminating more than 99.99% of fungi, viruses, bacteria and a wide range of microorganisms.
Antibacterial properties confirmed by two microbiology laboratories in Chile and USA. PLACTIVE™ is a FDA Registered Material and EU compliant (No. 10/2011, No. 1935/2004 and No. 2023/2006). The manufacturer also has certification ISO 9001/2015 and is REACH compliant.
It has thermoforming characteristics that facilitates post-processing and final adjustments of the 3D printed application.
Clinically tested in prosthesis for amputees with excellent results. Ideal for the manufacture of other medical applications where it’s dangerous to have bacterial contamination, such as postoperative prostheses, wound dressing and surgical equipment.
The Nano-Additive mantains all the mechanical properties of the material.
Non-toxic product and environmentally friendly (biodegradable).
This graphic shows the results of 2 studies conducted by microbiology laboratories in USA and Chile1,2. Both studies confirm that the Colony Forming Units (CFU) of Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and Escherichia coli DH5α, falls abruptly during the first 6 hours of exposure to PLACTIVE (>95%), continuing the elimination of bacterial strains until reaching >98% elimination at 8 hours and >99.99% elimination at 24 hours.
1. SITU Biosciences Microbiology Laboratory, USA.
2. Microbiology Laboratory of Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.
Medicine, Innovation, Technology and Engineering seamlessly integrated in our team:
Electronic Engineer, MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibáñez, Background in Technologies for Mineral Processing. 14 years experience in industrial sectors linked to automation, robotics and engineering technologies.
Physical Therapist, MBA, MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibañez, Diploma in Marketing & Sales U. Adolfo Ibáñez. Background in Marketing, Innovation and Business Models in the Healthcare Industry.
Rehabilitation Expert, MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibáñez, Vast career leading Institutes of Neurology and Rehabilitation. Expert in Regulatory Issues.
These are some of the questions that people ask us often. If you have any additional questions contact us and we will quickly get in touch with you to resolve them.
Yes, PLACTIVE™ is a FDA Registered Material and EU compliant (No. 10/2011, No. 1935/2004 and No. 2023/2006). The manufacturer also has certification ISO 9001/2015 and is REACH compliant.
Absolutely. It behaves like a high quality PLA or PETG, with its mechanical properties intact. The only (big) difference is that contains an antibacterial nano-additive that does not alter the base polymer.
ABSOLUTELY YES! This is the magic behind the concept of “Antibacterial 3D Printing”, you can print anything you want with fully antibacterial properties! We call this new kind of objects “AntibiObjects”.
We create this portfolio of materials thinking about people who are developing 3D printed medical devices and other projects where antibacterial properties could play an important role. Although our products are certified and have properties that make them especially suitable for manufacturing medical devices, according to the regulations of each country the medical devices may have to go through an additional certification process.
We want to inspire you to change the world and impact on the quality of life of people with this new breed of antibacterial objects. Here you have some ideas of the infinite applications that you can make with our portfolio of materials.