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).
Tests recently completed at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Department of Environmental Studies, under the supervision of Charles Gerba, PhD have shown that over 99% of Human coronavirus 229e that comes into contact with Livinguard treated textiles are destroyed.
Livinguard technology is used in a variety of products including apparel, industrial & home textiles, filtration media, personal care products, liquids and plastics.
to protect you and our planet.
to protect you and our planet.
How does the technology work?
How does the technology work?
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”.
The positively charged “magnet” is more powerful than the negative charge of the microbes. The microbes eventually burst. The bacterial and yeast cell walls and the viral protein capsids or envelopes are disrupted, and the now harmless insides leak out and disintegrate.
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:
- Range of methods to bind a range of cationic compounds to textiles and other surfaces
- Portfolio of optimized chemistries to inactivate bacteria and viruses, without using traditional metal based antimicrobial agents like silver, copper, zinc, etc.
- 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. 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.
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.
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Dr. René Gälli
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Dr. Wouter Pronk
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