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HOUSTON – Textile finishing specialist Ascend Performance Materials has submitted its first FDA 510(k) for clearance to market its patent pending Acteev technology in the United States via a surgical mask under a new brand called Acteev Biodefend.

Acteev technology embeds active zinc ions into the matrix of a specialty polymer that’s proven 99 per cent effective in deactivating bacteria, fungi and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 and other strains of the coronavirus. 

“We’ve partnered with independent labs for comprehensive testing and have reallocated resources to ready ourselves for world-scale production upon receiving regulatory clearance,” said Vikram Gopal, Ph.D., Ascend’s chief technology officer.

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