Microbes will soon have a new enemy, a research and innovation hub to help businesses find novel ways to prevent the spread of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
The Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces in the UK will design and develop next generation surfaces and materials to inhibit growth of the germs.
The University of Liverpool has just been awarded £4 million (approx. $USD 6.5 million) to develop the research center which will adopt a cross-disciplinary scientific approach.
The Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces will work with small and medium-sized businesses to design technologies for a number of applications.
Professor Rasmita Raval, Director of the Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces, said:
“We will work with enterprising local companies to develop and deliver innovative anti-infective surface technologies, which have commercial applications across medical and industrial sectors.”
For these enterprises, OI will mean access to new technologies, links to bigger purchasers and development of new supply chains and products.
Innovative surface technologies are vital on a number of fronts. For global healthcare, advanced antimicrobial surfaces are viewed as a key strategy to counter the threat of antimicrobial resistance.
The need for breakthrough technologies will also be a boon to industry where microbial activity and biofilms on surfaces cost billions of pounds every year. This is due to such things as product contamination and equipment damage.
For more information about the open innovation hub, click here.