JUL 23, 2021
MTEX NS, CITEVE and CATÓLICA fighting together against SARS-CoV-2
JUL 23, 2021
MTEX NS, CITEVE and CATÓLICA fighting together against SARS-CoV-2

Today, MTEX NS, together with two Portuguese partner entities - CITEVE (Portuguese Technological Institute which provides technical support in textile & clothing business), and Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portuguese Catholic University) presented the PHYS project consortium. PHYS is MTEX NS technology developed in the pandemic context to provide garment and object disinfections helping fight Covid-19.

This joint work is now underway to consolidate and expand scientific research on the effectiveness of PHYS already certified in Spain for the inactivation of two variants of SARS-CoV-2.

In the next few months, CITEVE will evaluate whether or not the PHYS process affects fabrics, and if so, under what conditions. Simultaneously, the Universidade Católica Portuguesa will check whether or not PHYS is equally effective concerning the inactivation of more SARS-CoV-2 variants. This academic and research team will also appraise PHYS’ effectiveness related to a list of more common organisms, already identified as harmful to public health, namely multi-resistant hospital bacteria.

This presentation was made official, in person, by MTEX NS CEO Elói Ferreira, CITEVE CEO Braz Costa and remotely by researcher Paula Teixeira, representing the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. This ceremony also included the remote participation of Spanish researcher José Juan Badiola, known internationally for his work in bovine spongiform encephalopathies (commonly known as mad cow disease), and responsible for the scientific research carried out in Spain regarding this technology. The event also involved the remote participation of Vila Nova de Famalicão mayor Paulo Cunha, who refers the relevance and the sense of opportunity and usefulness of this joint work and exchange of knowledge between business corporations, the academic world and specialized entities with known merit and public utility.

“Here is a solution (PHYS) designed to disinfect garments in stores. (...) We all know that we are going through a critical moment concerning sustainability and disposable materials in hospitals and healthcare facilities. We know that tons of raw material used in disposable personal protective equipment are incinerated every day. This reality is not a solution for the future, as we know. The end will be the use of protective clothing with the possibility of being reused. Still, for that to be possible, it is necessary to find systems that guarantee the total disinfection of these items. Having arrived at these results, thinking about stores selling clothing, we are a significant step away from thinking about scaling this solution to a very concrete problem that exists not only in Portugal but worldwide, which is the unsustainability of use of disposable personal protective equipment.” – Braz Costa, CITEVE CEO

Today, MTEX NS, together with two Portuguese partner entities - CITEVE (Portuguese Technological Institute which provides technical support in textile & clothing business), and Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portuguese Catholic University) presented the PHYS project consortium. PHYS is MTEX NS technology developed in the pandemic context to provide garment and object disinfections helping fight Covid-19.

This joint work is now underway to consolidate and expand scientific research on the effectiveness of PHYS already certified in Spain for the inactivation of two variants of SARS-CoV-2.

In the next few months, CITEVE will evaluate whether or not the PHYS process affects fabrics, and if so, under what conditions. Simultaneously, the Universidade Católica Portuguesa will check whether or not PHYS is equally effective concerning the inactivation of more SARS-CoV-2 variants. This academic and research team will also appraise PHYS’ effectiveness related to a list of more common organisms, already identified as harmful to public health, namely multi-resistant hospital bacteria.

This presentation was made official, in person, by MTEX NS CEO Elói Ferreira, CITEVE CEO Braz Costa and remotely by researcher Paula Teixeira, representing the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. This ceremony also included the remote participation of Spanish researcher José Juan Badiola, known internationally for his work in bovine spongiform encephalopathies (commonly known as mad cow disease), and responsible for the scientific research carried out in Spain regarding this technology. The event also involved the remote participation of Vila Nova de Famalicão mayor Paulo Cunha, who refers the relevance and the sense of opportunity and usefulness of this joint work and exchange of knowledge between business corporations, the academic world and specialized entities with known merit and public utility.

“Here is a solution (PHYS) designed to disinfect garments in stores. (...) We all know that we are going through a critical moment concerning sustainability and disposable materials in hospitals and healthcare facilities. We know that tons of raw material used in disposable personal protective equipment are incinerated every day. This reality is not a solution for the future, as we know. The end will be the use of protective clothing with the possibility of being reused. Still, for that to be possible, it is necessary to find systems that guarantee the total disinfection of these items. Having arrived at these results, thinking about stores selling clothing, we are a significant step away from thinking about scaling this solution to a very concrete problem that exists not only in Portugal but worldwide, which is the unsustainability of use of disposable personal protective equipment.” – Braz Costa, CITEVE CEO

Watch the full video of the event (in Portuguese):