Defend & Protecht Masks are Powered by HeiQ Viroblock

Chennai-based Defend & Protecht Initiative, powered by HeiQ Viroblock, introduces
first multi-functional protective masks enhanced by four HeiQ technologies at the same
time. HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 is amongst the first textile technologies in the world to be
proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in the laboratory, deactivating
99.99% of
the virus in just 30 minutes.
In a recent CNN Money Switzerland interview, HeiQ Group’s CEO Carlo Centonze said,
“Textiles are one of the main vectors for viruses and also for bacteria. The technology
[developed] really addresses both. All the textiles that are treated with [HeiQ Viroblock]
become basically capable to destroy both of them in seconds to minutes and make sure
there is no re-transmission or contamination from the surfaces.”
So how does it work?
HeiQ Viroblock is designed to inhibit the growth and persistence of bacteria and
enveloped viruses on textile surfaces. It’s a unique combination of a registered ‘silver
technology’ for antiviral and antibacterial effect and a ‘vesicle technology’ as a booster.
HeiQ Viroblock’s rapid mode of action makes this technology one-of-a-kind to destroy
harmful enveloped viruses.
It is a unique combination of HeiQ’s advanced silver technology and a vesicle
technology as a booster. Silver admits silver-ions to inhibit bacteria on the fabric
surface. The vesicle technology depletes the viral membrane thus silver can work more
efficiently and rapidly to attack the core of the virus.
HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03:
HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 is a combination of HeiQ’s silver & vesicle technology: the silver
technology attracts the oppositely charged viruses and binds permanently to their sulfur
groups. Subsequently, the fatty spherical vesicle technology (Liposomes) helps to
deplete the viral membrane of its cholesterol content in minutes, therefore the silver can
destroy the virus rapidly.

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