(PRESS RELEASE) HANAU, Germany, 16-Jan-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Heraeus Group, a broadly diversified and globally leading family-owned technology company, headquartered in Hanau, Germany, has announced that its subsidiary Heraeus Precious Metals has received the Best of Industry Award in the medical technology category for its innovative AGXX antimicrobial technology. AGXX has been recognized for its outstanding effectiveness against a broad spectrum of microorganisms and its ability to protect surfaces and textiles from germ infestation.
The Best of Industry Award is presented annually by MM Maschinenmarkt, a trade medium for the industry. It recognizes innovations that stand out from the crowd and offer significant added value. The award is presented in 24 categories and is given to the winners based on a five-month voting phase, where readers of the trade magazine vote for their favorite companies, innovations, and projects.
This year, more than 190 companies applied for the prestigious awards and Heraeus Precious Metals’ AGXX technology was chosen as the winner in the medical technology category. The award highlights the company’s commitment to developing innovative technologies that can help improve the lives of people. AGXX technology is a significant step forward in the fight against the spread of germs and has the potential to make a real difference in the medical and healthcare sectors.
The Best of Industry Award is a recognition of Heraeus’ leadership and innovation in the industry, and it is a testament to the company’s dedication to developing technologies that can make a real impact on people’s lives. Heraeus Precious Metals will continue to invest in the development of innovative technologies that can help to improve the world and make it a safer place.
Martin Danz, Co-Head of AGXX at Heraeus Precious Metals, emphasized: “We are very pleased to receive the Best of Industry Award 2022 in the medical technology category. With our AGXX technology, we are making a decisive contribution to effectively combating dangerous microorganisms, viruses and other harmful germs. My special thanks go to the entire team that made this award possible.”
Microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, algae and viruses pose a particular threat and can cause significant harm to people and the economy. Biocidal products are therefore used every day in a wide variety of applications to minimize or prevent this damage: to protect health, improve human and animal hygiene, or extend the shelf life of a wide range of materials.
The new antimicrobial technology AGXX from Heraeus Precious Metals protects surfaces and textiles against germs and shows a long-lasting effect against bacteria, viruses, biofilm formation as well as resistant germs. AGXX is based on redox reactions and microelectric field effects. In the presence of atmospheric humidity, oxygen is converted into oxygen radicals, which react with microorganisms and kill them. In addition, the microelectric field present interferes with important cell membrane functions.
In contrast to conventional technologies, the mechanism of action of AGXX is based on a catalytic reaction and not on the release of substances such as metal ions. Furthermore, there is no development of resistance, which can occur with antibiotics, for example.
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SOURCE: Heraeus Holding