Validation studies of surface technologies are performed in the laboratory through to the environment where they are designed for use.
We are able validate the coating efficiency and treatment efficacy of coated surfaces for their ability to kill or inhibit the growth of microbes.
Our clients can chose to nominate bacterial, fungal or viral pathogens (or a combination) for investigation. These are introduced to the surface of interest under controlled aseptic conditions at the bench scale in order to determine the effect of the antimicrobial treatment in question. Following a period of treatment or incubation with the surface coating, the microbial recovery is ascertained by washing the surfaces in a suitable extraction buffer and enumeration on an appropriate agar.
In order to further demonstrate how such coatings work in a "real world environment" airmid healthgroup can offer bespoke investigations in our unique vertically integrated environmental test chamber which combines molecular detection in conjunction with air and surface sampling. Furthermore, we can carry carry out field studies in the environment where the surface technology is designed for use.
Testing cariried out in this manner enables our clients to acquire data which is considerably more sensitive and specific than conventional testing methodologies. As a result our clients are empowered with data which allows for sound marketing and claim validation.
- Example of recent work in this area Click here