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A pilot line of antibacterial and antifungal medical textiles based on a sonochemical process


Project Budget: 12,294,034 Euro

  Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections are a major financial issue in the European healthcare system. The financial impact of these infections counteract medical advances and expensive medical treatments by increasing the length of hospital stay by at least 8 days on average per affected patient, hence adding more than 10 million  patient days in hospitals in Europe per year.  The statistics on patient safety in the EU show alarming tendencies:-          1 in 10 patients are affected by hospital-acquired infections -          3 million deaths are caused by hospital-acquired infections yearly An active infection control program of patients and personnel and hygiene measures, have proven to significantly reduce both the number of infections and hospitalisation costs. The SONO project directly addresses the above problems by developing a pilot line for the production of medical antibacterial textiles.

The pilot line will be based on the scale-up of a sonochemical process developed and patented at BIU laboratories. The pilot line will use a sonochemical technique to produce and deposit inorganic antimicrobial nanoparticles on medical textiles, e.g. hospital sheets, medical coats and bandages.

Participant organization name Country
Bar Ilan University Israel
Coventry University UK
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Group of Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology Spain
National R&D Institute for Textile and Leather Romania
WESSEX Institute UK
Torras Valenti (TORVAL) S.A. Spain
VIATECH Ltd. Russia
Cedrat Technologies S.A France
Kitozyme Belgium
Pielaszek Research Poland
Davo Star Impex SRL Romania
OSM-DAN Ltd. Israel
Klopman International S.R.L Italy
Environment Park S.p.A. Italy
Afcon Software and Electronics Ltd. Israel
Emergency Medicine Institute "Pirogov". Bulgaria


The project started on October 2009