Livinguard technology scientifically proven to destroy > 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2.

Researchers from the Free University of Berlin at the Institute for Animal Hygiene and Environmental Health have now been able to demonstrate that textiles treated with Livinguard Technology can destroy 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

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Livinguard technology scientifically proven to destroy > 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2.

Researchers from the Free University of Berlin at the Institute for Animal Hygiene and Environmental Health have now been able to demonstrate that textiles treated with Livinguard Technology can destroy 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

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Coronavirus FAQ

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Official Press Release

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Face Masks

Our patented reusable face masks offer industry disrupting protection from the most challenging airborne contaminants including viruses.

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Coronavirus FAQ

Detailed explanations of the breakthrough technology, underlying science, disruptive claims, and safety.

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Official Press Release

Read the official press release from Freie Universität Berlin and RWTH Aachen.

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Reinventing hygiene
to protect you and our planet.

Our patented and revolutionary technologies empower textiles, paper, plastics, and more materials with the ability to destroy germs continuously, permanently, and safely.

Redefining hygiene
to protect you and our planet.

Our patented and revolutionary technologies empower textiles, paper, plastics, and more materials with the ability to destroy germs continuously, permanently, and safely.

Permanent Hygiene

Livinguard technologies aim to give you the protection you deserve by integrating groundbreaking hygiene performance seamlessly and conveniently into your daily life. We don’t simply offer sanitized products. We convert the products you already use into disinfectants.

Sustainability

At its core, permanent hygiene is designed to use less in order to achieve more today and for future generations. Understanding that we have one planet with limited resources has shaped our approach to innovation. Livinguard’s technologies, applications, and products are a result of our ongoing commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Social Impact

Leveraging our technologies, we have developed low cost, environmentally conscious solutions in health, water purification, menstrual hygiene and more. With active social impact programs in Asia and Africa, Livinguard is on a mission to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people by 2030.

Various applications and

countless possibilities.

The use cases for Livinguard’s technologies are unlimited. Imagine a world without any fear of germs. Imagine a world where falling sick doesn’t hold back the less fortunate. Imagine a world where it is actually convenient to reduce our environmental footprint.

Diapers, toilet paper, wet wipes, makeup removers, mops, laundry additives, smartphone screen protectors, smartphone covers, and more. Protecting what matters to you.

Face masks, rubber gloves, coveralls, medical textiles, wound care, medical laundry, and more. In the most infection prone situations, barriers against germs should also destroy them.

Air filtration solutions for hospitals, cleanrooms, home, office, cars, planes, and more that extend the lifetime of filters by mitigating the buildup of microorganisms, and even empowering filters with the ability to disinfect the airflow.

Everything from squeeze bottles to large community filters. Zero germs, zero electricity, zero wastage.

Innerwear, performance wear, athleisure, fashion, shoes, outdoor gear, and more. No odor even after a week of repeated use and after 30 washes.

Bakery textiles, food packaging, and agricultural solutions under R&D. Keep food fresh and extend its shelf life, no preservatives needed.

 

Various solutions in automotive, aerospace, hospitality, professional textiles, and more.

Various applications and countless possibilities.

The use cases for Livinguard’s technologies are unlimited. Imagine a world without any fear of germs. Imagine a world where falling sick doesn’t hold back the less fortunate. Imagine a world where it is actually convenient to reduce our environmental footprint.

Diapers, toilet paper, wet wipes, makeup removers, mops, laundry additives, smartphone screen protectors, smartphone covers, and more. Protecting what matters to you.

Face masks, rubber gloves, coveralls, medical textiles, wound care, medical laundry, and more. In the most infection prone situations, barriers against germs should also destroy them.

Air filtration solutions for hospitals, cleanrooms, home, office, cars, planes, and more that extend the lifetime of filters by mitigating the buildup of microorganisms, and even empowering filters with the ability to disinfect the airflow.

Everything from squeeze bottles to large community filters. Zero germs, zero electricity, zero wastage.

Innerwear, performance wear, athleisure, fashion, shoes, outdoor gear, and more. No odor even after a week of repeated use and after 30 washes.

Bakery textiles, food packaging, and agricultural solutions under R&D. Keep food fresh and extend its shelf life, no preservatives needed.

 

Various solutions in automotive, aerospace, hospitality, professional textiles, and more.

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Our water filters safely quench the thirst of millions, with zero infections, zero electricity, and zero wastage.
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Saafkins

Our patented reusable menstrual hygiene solution helps hundreds of thousands of girls in rural Asia and Africa stay in school without stigma and dangerous infections.
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Bakery solutions

Our bakery solutions help maintain the freshness of breads everyday and protect bakers from infections, without any effort on their part.
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How does the technology work?

How does the technology work?

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Capture

Substrate materials such as textiles that are treated with Livinguard have ~24 billion charges per square centimeter. This is like a magnet for viruses and bacteria. The Livinguard treatment provides a positive “magnet” for the negative viruses and bacteria.

Upon contact, these microbes attach themselves to the textile. This step is called capture or “adsorption”.

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Destroy

The positively charged “magnet” is more powerful than the negative charge of the microbes. The microbes give up and explode. The bacterial and yeast cell walls and the viral protein capsids or envelopes are disrupted, and the now harmless insides leak out and disintegrate.

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Repeat

Once the microbes are destroyed, they have no charge left. They fall off or can be washed off. Once the space they occupied on the material opens up, the charges they attached to are freed. The material continues working with this revolutionary kill power of breadth (variety of germs), efficacy (number of germs), speed, and durability.

Additional questions you might have.

The principle underlying our technologies is the ability of polycationic surfaces to inactivate microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and several types of fungi, and to do so without leaching.

This principle has been described in scientific literature for two decades, but its understanding and practical applications have been limited. Livinguard has leveraged this principle to invent and patent a paradigm shift from conventional approaches:

  1. Range of methods to bind a range of cationic compounds to textiles and other surfaces
  2. Portfolio of optimized chemistries to inactivate bacteria and viruses, without using traditional metal based antimicrobial agents like silver, copper, zinc, etc.
  3. Methods to combine these with other properties, such as water repellency, hydrophilicity, etc.

According to the the scientific literature, it is probable that the inactivation mechanism of viruses is based on the distortion of the protein capsid by adsorption of negatively charged proteins to the positively charged surface, finally leading to the release of non-infectious RNA.

Tests have shown that after multiple rinses or washes, the treated material (specifically textiles as tested so far) maintains its properties without leaching. This lack of leaching is the underlying reason why the antimicrobial performance is so durable as well as why it is safe for skin contact.

Please see the detailed science and technology explanation above. 

Livinguard has two primary technology platforms: Livinguard Antiviral Technology and Livinguard Antibacterial Technology. They are differentiated based on the concentration and power of the charges. The Antiviral Technology is more powerful in order to tackle smaller viruses, and is also effective against bacteria.

Livinguard Antiviral Technology has been successfully tested over the course of 5 years across different applications. Testing by the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC Protection and NSF International, among other labs, has shown inactivation of Influenza A Virus, Yellow Fever Virus, Rota Virus, Polio Virus, MS2 phage, and FR coliphage. Antiviral performance is >99.9% on average and even up to >99.9999% in some cases, with unparalleled speed of inactivation, as well as durability of performance.

Testing under the supervision of Dr. Charles Gerba at the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona has recently demonstrated a >99% inactivation rate of HCoV-229E on the textiles used in Livinguard masks as per the ISO 18184 protocol. This is widely accepted as being representative of performance against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection. Performance is anticipated to be even more powerful, for which further testing is ongoing.

Note that since viruses are technically not “living” organisms outside of a host, they cannot be “killed”. They are inactivated and rendered harmless.

Several facets of our technologies and products have been successfully tested extensively by a variety of international laboratories. These include the Swiss Federal Institute of NBC Protection, TÜV Sud, TUV TÜV Rheinland, Hohenstein Institute, NSF International, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Research & Technology, Swiss Quality Testing Services, Product Safety Laboratories in New York, Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, International Down & Feather Laboratory, and many others. It is currently under application with the US Environmental Protection Agency as the world’s first self-disinfecting textile technology.

Yes, Livinguard has passed extensive skin safety testing at Product Safety Labs in New York per US EPA standards and at Hohenstein Institute in Germany per European standards.

Our partners

What our partners have to say.

As a wellness company, we are continually searching for new technologies to improve the health and well-being of our consumers. We believe the breakthrough technology of Livinguard is a cornerstone for our company for the decades to come. As the world now becomes more attuned to communicable disease prevention, Livinguard Technology will be an integral part of our plans, not only on wearables such as our Fine Guard Masks, but also gloves, wipes and specialized paper products. The applications are endless and it provides a wonderful opportunity for Fine to dramatically improve the wellness of the world’s consumers. The combination of Fine Products with Livinguard Technology is a life-changing, unbeatable combination.

CEO-James-Michael-Lafferty
James Michael Lafferty CEO Fine Hygienic Holding

We’re experts on how to work with fabrics that provide protection, so it made sense for us to partner with Livinguard®. ReadyOne Industries has been making protective chemical/biological uniforms for the U.S. military for decades and is proud to be able to deploy Livinguard Technology through our products to our military customers, government customers, both large and small corporations and to individual Americans in the coming months.
Our ordering process for face masks is quick and easy via our website www.readyone.org. We look forward to providing the ultimate protection to our valued customers in the Americas and to our continued partnership with Livinguard, as they develop new and innovative solutions that will help prevent illness and improve wellbeing on a global scale.

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Luis Alvarez President & CEO ReadyOne Industries

This is very clever. A lot of innovation went into immobilizing this technology onto a surface. It seems very effective. I haven’t seen anything as effective on textiles.

Our laboratory testing confirmed that a fabric treated with the Livinguard EFM-7 technology inactivates more than 99% of Human Coronavirus 229E.

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Prof. Dr. Charles P. Gerba Professor of Virology at University of Arizona

Our story

Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an invention.

Livinguard is a hygiene technology company with a laser focus of reinventing hygiene in the 21st century by bringing our technology to where it is most needed.

Ever increasing levels of pollution, global travel, shared mobility, and the prevalence of drug resistant microbes have led to growing threats of infectious disease. We see our solutions as essential safeguards that can offer enhanced safety and better health to billions of people.

Our current focus is applying the Livinguard technology to solutions that lessen the health risk and economic impact of this crisis by enabling people to protect themselves, return to work, and take back their lives.

We believe our future is tied to sustainable solutions that treat our world kindly. Our commitment is to develop highly effective technologies that also minimize waste and use of resources. We view personal and planetary health as inseparable imperatives and the foundational base of everything that we do.

We each have a responsibility for our collective future, and the new normal that emerges in the wake of this crisis will be of our own making. At Livinguard, we are committed to bring good health and well-being to people and planet.

A word from our founder

I first conceived of the Livinguard technology in 2010 when posed with an interesting technical challenge from a British Brigadier General friend. Since then, my partners and colleagues who have joined this journey have taken this technology beyond what I could have imagined back then. I am deeply humbled by our unique ability to help people and our planet today, and this couldn’t have been possible without years of learning from failure.

sanjeev
Sanjeev Swamy Founder, Inventor & CEO

Leadership Team

Sanjeev Swamy

Founder & CEO

Jonathan Pantanowitz

EVP Business Development

Dr. Wouter Pronk

EVP Technology

Dr. René Gälli

Head of Research

Dr. Pengpeng Cao

SVP Regulatory Affairs

Oliver Treyer

EVP Finance

Daniel Hossli

SVP Legal

Vibhav Chokhani

SVP Strategy

Tim Philosophos

SVP Sales - America

Gunther Siebrecht

SVP Sales - Europe

Ankit Mital

SVP Sales - APAC

Shivani Swamy

VP Sales and Key Accounts - Middle East and Africa

Amit Ravka

Director & CFO - India

Global Presence

Zug, Switzerland | Madison, USA | Santa Cruz, USA  | Singapore |
Mumbai, India | Tokyo, Japan | Cape Town, South Africa

Headquarters & R&D

Bahnhofstrasse 12
6300 Zug
Switzerland

Application Lab

Gams
Switzerland

Application Lab

Navi Mumbai
India

Headquarters & R&D

Bahnhofstrasse 12
6300 Zug
Switzerland

Application Lab

Gams
Switzerland

Application Lab

Navi Mumbai
India

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