Cuprionix® is a company based in Dubai, UAE, born from the alliance of Copper3D, the leading company in antimicrobial materials for the 3D printing industry, and Petrochem, currently the largest petrochemical distributor of Middle East and Africa, with operations in UAE, India, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
Cuprionix® is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of antimicrobial additives, materials, paintings, coatings, and applications scientifically validated as antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
Cuprionix additives are the result of more than 10 years of R&D by teams of Chilean scientists that have been based on the powerful antimicrobial properties of copper to develop a portfolio of additives, materials and solutions scientifically proven by the most prestigious international laboratories.
The latest validation that this technology has received was given by the Pasteur Institute (France), which verifies the powerful antiviral action of the Cuprionix additive against Human Coronavirus.
Dr. Claudio Soto, Medical Director of Copper3D, said: “Laboratory validations with viruses have a much higher degree of complexity due to the additional safeguards that must be taken, the type of equipment and highly specialized personnel to perform this kind of tests, and the laboratories prepared for this type of studies are not commonly found as they require high biosafety levels”.
This is why Copper3D has chosen the Pasteur Institute (Lille, France) to carry out this new test against the Human Coronavirus.
Dr. Soto mentions regarding this new validation: “As a company we are always looking for our materials to meet the highest industry standards and therefore we decided to test the antiviral capacity of the additive present in all Copper3D products (Cuprionix® additive), against Human Coronavirus strain 229E (HCoV-229E), under the EN14476 + A2 standard, with extraordinary results so far”.
Among what was observed, the additive shows a very high antiviral efficacy from the first 30 seconds, capable of reducing the viral load of the Coronavirus by +99.9% in less than one hour.
This process is very quick and begins in the first 30 seconds to see a rapid decrease in viral load of 60.189% (Log 0,4), 90% (Log 1) of reduction at 5 minutes, until reaching a plateau near 60 minutes with a 99.975% of viral reduction (Log 3.6).
On the other hand, and equally relevant, is that this additive did not show any degree of cytotoxicity in this test, therefore we can conclude that it is also safe for use in applications that will be in contact with patients or animals.
Institut Pasteur, USM – Unité de Sécurité Microbiologique.
Test report N.200410-EN
Fig 2. Schematic diagram of the coronavirus. Credit: Binte Altaf
Mechanism of action of Cuprionix® additive by Copper3D
The element that finally eliminates Human Coronavirus (and other microorganisms) effectively are the copper ions released in a very controlled manner by this additive, and functions mainly through two mechanisms of action:First, the rupture of the envelope that covers and protects the virus from the external environment, and second, denaturalization (rupture) of the viral RNA, with which it is completely inactivated.
Cuprionix® additives can be combined with a wide range of polymeric materials that are used in the world of industrial manufacturing such as injection molding, thermoforming, or others.
This technology can be used to disrupt with antimicrobial solutions several industries such as aeronautics, automotive, public transport, food packaging, office spaces, antimicrobial furniture/surfaces for hospitals, antimicrobial medical devices, products for moms and babies, paintings, coatings, as well as countless antimicrobial solutions in the world of mass consumer products.
Petrochem is a company founded 25 years ago in UAE, currently the largest petrochemical distributor of Middle East and Africa, with operations in UAE, India, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Together with Copper3D they have been working for months to shape a new company based in UAE and that under the name of Cuprionix® which will develop, manufacture and distribute globally antimicrobial additives, materials, and solutions with this proven and effective technology.
Andrés Acuña, CEO mentions on this new alliance: “Our company has always been linked to innovation as a powerful tool to face great challenges and problems with a global impact. We also understand our limitations and we know that there are many problems that we need to work on as an ecosystem to solve them, for this reason we believe so much in collaboration amongst industry and sector experts.
We believe that with this new alliance with Petrochem, we can quickly achieve the purpose we have as a company which is avoid infections and save lives on a global scale”.
Rohan Mehta, Business Development Director of Petrochem, ends with the following reflection on the future of Cuprionix® and the petrochemical industry: “For us as a company it is an honor to be able to work together with Copper3D, and we know that all the innovation that they have developed, we can take it to a global scale in a very short time. I think that the petrochemical industry urgently needs to incorporate these types of innovations in order to develop intelligent materials, capable of doing incredible things. We firmly believe that the world urgently needs this type of antimicrobial additives, materials and solutions that will save lives, and with this new Cuprionix® venture we can really make a difference and generate a very positive global impact in many industries, and effectively avoid millions of infections and deaths, something that fills us with pride and motivates us even more to keep going, the time is now!’
Patrochem plant on UAE, Credits: Patrochem