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Vestagen Introduces Vestex Medical Apparel Line

Orlando, Fla.-based Vestagen Technical Textiles LLC has introduced the first products in a line of nanotechnology-based healthcare specialty textiles offering antimicrobial, water- and stain-repellent, and moisture-wicking performance. The company, which is marketing medical apparel under the Vestex™ brand, has exclusive North American medical textile rights to use three patented technologies including Switzerland-based Schoeller® Technologies' NanoSphere® fluorine/silicon oxide-based nanotechnology for repellent and self-cleaning functions, and 3XDRY® breathable moisture-wicking and repellent technology; and Semeltec™, a quaternary ammonium chloride-based broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent also developed in Switzerland and registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Vestex line initially will include scrub pants and tops, long-sleeved T-shirts, and lab coats to protect healthcare workers from contamination by pathogens found in hospital and other healthcare environments. Vestagen plans to offer the Vestex apparel line nationwide in spring 2010.

"There is a clear and urgent need for our technology in America's hospitals," said Ben Favret, founder and CEO, Vestagen. "It is well documented that medical textiles can become contaminated with dangerous pathogens, including the bacterium methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)."

"Infections are becoming more widespread in our society, and nowhere is that more evident than in our nation's hospitals," said Dr. Richard P. Wenzel, professor and former chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Va. "This innovative nanotechnology-based textile may prove to be an important component in a hospital's infection control efforts."

Vestagen products are approved to use the Hohenstein Quality Label, which certifies liquid repellency, skin compatibility, and wash and abrasion resistance. They also comply with the bluesign® standard, which certifies the use of best available technologies to produce an environmentally friendly product. 

December 29, 2009