Parx Plastics BV, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, received the World Technology Award for Materials. Once a year, the World Technology Network presents the World Technology Awards to the outstanding innovators from each sector within the technology arena, both as a way to honor those individuals and as a vetting mechanism to determine the newest WTN members. The Awards are announced each year in a gala ceremony at the close of the annual World Technology Summit.
In this year's edition Parx Plastics was awarded for its inventions creating a biocompatible antibacterial plastic. The technology developed by Parx Plastics is unique in its kind as it is fully biocompatible, ecofriendly, non-toxic and without substances leaching from the plastic. These characteristics make this solution the only antibacterial technology that without limitations can be used in food packaging materials to improve the shelf-life of food, and can be used for medical applications such as implants where it will reduce the chances on infections.
Earlier this year the European Commission announced Parx Plastics as one of the top 3 tech startups of Europe in the prestigious Tech All Stars competition 2014. Parx Plastics works with innovative biocompatible technology to make antibacterial plastics. The company headquarter is in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with its research facilities in Bologna, Italy. By applying biomimetics and nanotechnology, a method was developed to make an intrinsic change to plastic resulting in a mechanical/physical property that acts against bacteria and microorganisms. The Parx patented technology does not use chemicals, biocides, heavy metals or nano-particles. It makes use of zinc, one of the bodies most abundant trace elements.
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