December 12, 2017

In response to questions regarding how Zoono products actually work, this article explains in layman's terms some of the scientific based answers:

Realising that the problems of drug resistant microbes were aggravated by treatments that leached from surfaces at sub-lethal levels, Zoono searched for a better way of controlling microbes and biofilms using surface modifying technologies. Inspired by the organo functional silane antimicrobial developed at the Dow Corning corporation, Zoono researchers sought and found better bonding technologies that increased the durability and antimicrobial performance on surfaces including textiles and skin. The research discoveries are the basis for unique nano-spike technologies that anchor safe Zoono products to various surfaces.

The surface determines which application method is best for your situation. These vary between fogging or misting, spraying and dipping. We will work with you to identify the best option. Once an agreement and commercialisation plan is in place, we can determine whether the treatment is applied in your facility, home or business and by whom. It may be that our technicians attend, your cleaning staff apply the product, or even you DIY in your own home. You will never be left uninformed however. Germ Free Bioscience provide comprehensive cost free training, guidance and ongoing support to ensure you or your organisation obtain the maximum benefits that our products offer.

When treated, the Zoono molecule provides a protective, consistent and sustainable barrier that is constantly killing bacteria, fungus, mold-spores and viruses on the surface where the coating is applied. Zoono technology provides an ionic bed that kills mechanically by disrupting the cell membrane in a process called lysis. As a result, the technology does not promote superbugs, which are becoming increasingly more resilient to traditional antimicrobial and antibiotic treatments. In addition, the coating eliminates biofilm by killing the microbes on contact, not by leaching into the cell walls like most antimicrobials on the market today.

Unlike its competitors, Zoono is water-based; it works on both porous and non-porous surfaces and does not use poisons or metals (e.g. silver, copper or zinc). Many antimicrobial products currently on the market are under scrutiny for potential health concerns and environmental problems because of their leaching and migrating properties. Some of them, including Triclosan, have been banned in several countries - by the European Union and the FDA, in 2016.

Exhaustive laboratory testing has proven a six-log (99.9999%) or greater bacterial reduction in only three hours on surfaces treated with Zoono. Regardless of the substrate being metals, plastics, skin or fabrics. Such reductions are not attainable with most other antimicrobial technologies even after being exposed to test microbes for 24 hours. The Zoono technology's durability on substrates is also a distinguishing advantage over other antimicrobial/anti-biofilm technologies currently on the market.

The anchor ensures a self-sterilising surface that, as an example, protects patients and caregivers from the constant threat of Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs) in medical and retirement facilities, food manufacturers from issues related to bacterial contamination and protects children and staff in childcare centres from cross-infection. In addition, our technology can withstand the repeated rigours of most sterilisation and sanitation methods without diminishing in efficacy.

I hope this article has been informative and as with all of our blogs, please email or call us should you have any questions.

Thanks for reading.

Tom Lowther