HealthTextiles Study Confirms Antivirus Capability of its TorTex Fabric, Preventing 99.9% of Bacteria & Virus


HealthTextiles, a leading innovative manufacturer that combines the latest technologies with heritage craftsmanship for world-class production of PPE clothing, today announced it has completed a new successful SGS test, proving the anti-virus capability of its patented TorTex fabric.

The testing at SGS Biosafety Laboratory was completed after 100 washes of the healthcare uniforms, and confirmed that TorTex fabrics, powered by 37.5 Technology, prevent 99.9% of bacteria & virus, reducing the risk of staphylococcus aureus bacteria and H1N1 infection by 20x compared to standard fabrics.

These results show the potential of HealthTextiles’ multi-use PPE garments in healthcare, lowering the cost per-use compared to single-use products, and at the same time, protecting the planet and people with sustainable multi-use PPE garments.

“Covid-19 has reset the world, and the protective healthcare garments we choose to protect our doctors, nurses and eldery care staff have become more important than ever,” says Tomas Persson, chairman, HealthTextiles. “We are proud to have developed a silver coating free antiviral technology for our garments, in addition to creating a sustainable textile made from optimal level of sustainable and biodegradable natural fibres.”

Even with adequate PPE clothing, the risk of healthcare workers contracting diseases caused by viruses, like COVID-19, is five times higher than the likelihood of someone contracting it from the general community. Within the crowded, chaotic environments at hospitals and care homes, HealthTextile’s patented TorTex fabric provides the protection that frontline responders need to save lives and stay safe throughout the work day.

HealthTextiles offers unique antimicrobial uniforms with Swedish quality and design. The uniforms can be found in hospitals, health clinics and care homes across Europe. The company is set to expand globally in 2021.

“These are amazing results for TorTex, that could lead to safe working conditions for coronavirus first responders and healthcare workers, protect many lives and open new market opportunities forHealthTextiles, especially in this time of pandemic,” says Zara Pons Vila, phD and Manager of Strategic Initiatives at EIT Health.

Founded by Harvard MBA and entrepreneur Tomas Persson, textiles expert Birgitta Persson and public service leader Torgny Persson, HealthTextiles is a Swedish scaleup that has been selected into EIT Health’s Bridgehead programme and was awarded by Ahlgrens Foundation in 2018 as one of the most innovative startups in the Gävleborg region.

HealthTextiles works with a number of high-profile customers across Europe, including Hungarian healthcare company DoubleRose and Swedish sportswear company Kordiebykordie.

About HealthTextiles

HealthTextiles is a leading Swedish manufacturer with a mission to save lives and decrease costs for the healthcare sector by developing innovative new healthcare uniforms and textiles. Offering unique anti-bacterial uniforms with Swedish quality and design, their uniforms can be found in hospitals, health clinics and care homes across Europe, with the company set to expand globally in 2021. HealthTextiles is supported by EIT Health.

Tomas Persson, Chairman
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