PolyMedix Inc. is developing poly¼mers with antibacterial activity that can be applied as substrates on medical and other equipment.
The Radnor, Pa., firm said its antimicrobial polymers can be used as self-sterilizing surfaces and bactericidal products in plastics, paints, textiles and personal-care products.
The company is seeking out license opportunities with firms that will adapt the technology to intravenous tubes, bandages, catheters, wipes, surgical gloves, uniforms, food preparation surfaces, cosmetics and a range of other potential applications.
The antimicrobial polymers contain chemical functional groups that attack bacterial cell membranes.
Bacteria have little defense against such attacks and should not develop immunity as they have for most antibiotics, PolyMedix claimed.
The company, traded over the counter, also is developing germ fighters and medicines based on smaller molecules that can mimic proteins.
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