As global demand for innovative and effective antimicrobial and antiviral wearable materials increases in the wake of the current pandemic, ION Manufacturing is proud to debut ZnTech™ –a proprietary and patented zinc fiber matrix capable of generating microcurrent that is lethal to Coronavirus and other virulent pathogens. Designed for broad-spectrum textile usage, ZnTech™ has significant potential for various applications, including its use in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and both medical and consumer grade electroceutical fabrics.
ION Manufacturing is among the first U.S.-based companies to come to market with scientifically-verified zinc-based antiviral technology. ZnTech™ fully destroys viral pathogens, while most currently available antiviral technology employs chemicals that only retard or repel viral particles. Market competitors often employ coatings of other metals, such as Copper and Silver, neither of which are capable of generating the microcurrent essential to kill Coronavirus. Further, Zinc is a proven safe and non-toxic element, making it most suitable for application in materials that are placed directly on the skin and over the mouth. ZnTech™ is presently the most cost-effective textile offering with proven antiviral and antimicrobial efficacy available in the United States.
This ground-breaking zinc fiber matrix interacts with exhaled moisture and oxygen, or oxygen from the skin’s surface, to generate the microcurrent. The sustainable electric field is created without wires or an external battery source and maintains its current, despite repeated washings. The antiviral properties of ZnTech™ facemask technology greatly decrease transmission of exhaled infectious droplets to the surrounding environment while offering protection to those who are wearing the fiber. In addition to its antiviral applications, microcurrents have many positive and well documented health benefits including increased blood flow, enhanced ATP production in the mitochondria, pain relief, collagen production, and nerve stimulation.
ION Manufacturing Founding Partner and ZnTech™ Co-Inventor Dr. Scott Sheftel, M.D., board-certified dermatologist explains, “Our research into microcurrent stimulation has been focused on interactive antimicrobial compression clothing for pain relief and sports recovery. The recent coronavirus outbreak presented a critical need for antiviral innovation so testing of our technology was made a top priority. Results immediately showed that it was extremely effective in killing Coronavirus, H1N1 (swine flu) and H3N2 (seasonal flu), presenting exciting and promising opportunities for the future of wearable personal protective equipment (PPE). We are honored to offer ZnTech™ as a resource in the fight against Covid-19 and other dangerous pathogens, and it is our hope that its usage as an antiviral tool will ultimately save lives and create a safer environment for our communities and our children.”
ZnTech™ fabric was rigorously lab tested by the award-winning Integrated Pharma Services, a leading pre-clinical and clinical research organization. ZnTech™ consistently demonstrated antiviral properties against various respiratory viruses including Influenza and human Coronavirus with a 99.7% success rate. The antiviral efficacy testing was conducted based on ISO Standard 18184:2019- Determination of Antiviral Activity of Textile Products. This standard is a stringent methodology for demonstrating antiviral efficacy of textiles
Scott Sheftel, Jeff Skiba and Daryl Ross formed Ion Manufacturing, LLLP for the purpose of integrating health and wellness functionality in clothing with the development of a zinc fabric technology that can produce microcurrent stimulation when in contact with skin without requiring wires or an external power source. When properly woven into clothing or compression wear, the proprietary zinc thread allows the garment to be interactive with the body. The effects include but are not limited to: a localized reduction in sweating, enhanced blood flow, increased oxygen delivery to tissues and elimination of cellular waste, increased ATP production in the mitochondria, enhanced collagen production and pain relief. Most notably, the microcurrent produces localized anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects.