Named Best of Advanced or Technology Manufacturing for its innovative process embedding textiles with antimicrobial properties
DURHAM, NC – June 24, 2013 – PurThread Technologies, a life science and performance fabric firm dedicated to developing textiles to reduce bioburden in the healthcare environment, has been awarded the 2013 American Technology Award in Advanced or Technology Manufacturing by the TechAmerica Foundation at a gala event last Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The American Technology Awards recognize the best products and services from across the technology industry, as evaluated by industry experts and technology leaders.
“We congratulate PurThread for their outstanding work and their commitment to innovation,” said Shawn Osborne, the TechAmerica Foundation Chairman. “They were outstanding in their category, which included tremendous innovations. We thank them for their contribution to the growth and innovation of our vibrant industry.”
PurThread’s category win singled out excellence in a product or service dedicated to the integration of technology in the manufacturing process. It is particularly focused on the rapid transfer of science and technology into manufacturing products and processes. PurThread’s innovative process embeds antimicrobial properties into raw textile materials, before the fabric material is spun into yarn and woven into textiles. This ensures the effects of the PurThread active ingredient will not wash off or wear out over time. Currently, PurThread develops scrubs, lab coats, privacy curtains and linens with antimicrobial properties, as well as base layers and polo shirts.
“We’re thrilled to have our antimicrobial technology recognized with this American Technology Award,” said Bill O’Neill, PurThread VP of Infection Control Applications. “While our technology protects fabrics from bacteria and other organisms, our goal is always to develop products that improve the patient environment. This award affirms that PurThread is on the right track. ”
The winners were announced last Thursday at the Technology and Government gala dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. Hundreds of industry and government leaders attended this premier technology networking event.
PurThreadTM Technologies Inc., an emerging leader in antimicrobial textile technology and scientific research, is dedicated to developing continuously active soft surfaces that show a measurable difference in reducing bioburden in clinical environments. PurThread products range from healthcare textiles, such as privacy curtains, sheets, scrubs, blankets, and lab coats, to an array of freshness products for other markets such as the military, emergency first responders and performance athletic wear. PurThread products incorporate an EPA-registered antimicrobial that protects the fabric from the effects of microbial contamination and reduces odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. The EPA has not yet reviewed any public health claims for PurThread products. PurThread fabrics are 100% Made in the USA. More information can be found at www.purthread.com.
About The TechAmerica Foundation
The TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, which is the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation’s findings. Learn more about TechAmerica Foundation at www.techamericafoundation.org.