Careful research and development work are the foundations of great products – with continuous development, inspection and testing being the gold standard to keep the quality of our products at the highest level. Large-scale studies are often necessary to validate the effectiveness of our products under real conditions and to open up further fields of application. That is why we are continuously involved in research projects in cooperation with various companies, university departments and hospitals.

Past and ongoing research projects

Use of Dyphox® in the food industry
PhotoDekon project

Sponsored by
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Project term
01/2020 – expected 01/2022

Status
ongoing

Project description

To clean and disinfect production facilities, the food processing industry uses various methods such as heat inactivation, UV radiation or aggressive chemicals. In the search for alternative and complementary hygiene measures, the PhotoDekon research project was launched. PhotoDekon aims to research the use of photodynamics for the efficient and permanent disinfection of conveyor belts and machine parts in the meat processing industry. Two approaches are being pursued to this end: The development of an antimicrobial spray solution which can be sprayed onto conveyor belts and machine parts as required. The development of a solution for the permanent antimicrobial treatment of conveyor belts and machine parts. This approach offers the advantage that the pigments do not come into direct contact with the meat products during the production process, but can still efficiently produce the antimicrobially effective singlet oxygen. In addition to the antimicrobial effect, the requirements for the development of a durable coating are good adhesion to various materials and resistance to mechanical stress and cleaning processes.


Use of Dyphox® in hospitals
MikroPhob field study

Sponsored by
Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology

Project term
03/2017–10/2018

Status
completed

Project description

More than 800,000 healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) occur in German hospitals every year. In order to counteract this high number, in addition to actions to improve established hygiene measures such as hand disinfection, the search is on for further preventive measures. Additional and alternative hygiene measures are in great demand, particularly in view of the worldwide increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and demographic developments. The MikroPhob project was set up to investigate the use of antimicrobial coatings to reduce the bacterial load on surfaces close to patients. As part of the field study, over 20 different surfaces were treated with either a Dyphox® coating or a non-active control coating. The number of bacteria on the active and control surfaces was regularly counted and compared over several months. Everyday clinical operations and routine surface disinfection continued unchanged during the study.

Result

The evaluation of the study results showed that the bacterial load on surfaces coated with Dyphox® was significantly reduced compared to the control surfaces. The relative risk of high bacterial loads can be reduced by up to 67% with Dyphox® coatings. More details of the study can be found in a recent scientific publication.