Publish Date: March 28, 2022
Fabiosys Innovations, an IIT Delhi Startup, Develops Technology to Manufacture Extremely Affordable and Highly Effective Antiviral Fabric
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- Antiviral Fabric ‘Fabium®’ Destroys 99.9% Microbes Within 30 Minutes
(Photo: Team Fabiosys Innovations)
New Delhi - After three years of rigorous research & development, Fabiosys Innovations, a deep-tech healthcare startup incubated at IIT Delhi, has developed an extremely affordable high-performance medical textile Fabium®, which destroys ~ 99.9% of the bacteria and viruses within 30 minutes.
Ordinary antimicrobial fabric products available in the market inhibit microbes in a span of 24 hours and that too with an unsatisfactory efficiency. This time span of 24 hours makes those antimicrobial fabric products impractical to be used in everyday life because a typical bacterium doubles itself in a span of around 20-30 minutes.
Fabium® is developed using a technology called Hi-PAT, which makes it highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Fabium starts working within seconds of contact with the pathogens and destroys ~ 99.9% of them within 30 minutes.
Image: Representation of virus getting destroyed within 30 minutes.
Large Scale Manufacturing:
Large scale manufacturing of Fabium requires passing the raw cotton fabric through a set of proprietary chemical formulations while using the standard textile processing machineries, which are commonly available with Indian textile industry.
The team has successfully completed large scale manufacturing trials in collaboration with a textile industry partner in Delhi-NCR region to ensure that the large scale fabric manufacturing can be done while maintaining its high-efficiency and affordability.
Fabium can be made with any kind of fabric: Natural or Synthetic; Woven, Non-woven or knitted. One of the major USPs of Fabium is its natural colour, which is 100% white making it suitable for further dyeing, printing, embroidery, and other kinds of designing.
“The affordability of Fabium is due to the technology behind it rather than cheap labour cost. A market research done by Team Fabiosys indicates that our cost-effective novel chemical formulation and unique textile processing technology make Fabium® comparatively extremely affordable antiviral fabric. We are receiving encouraging response from the industry for manufacturing & distribution of Fabium products,” said Mr Yatee Gupta, Founder, Fabiosys Innovations.
Features of Fabium®
The fabric is free from formaldehyde & metal nanoparticles, which cause toxicity & irritation to the human body. The fabric is rigorously tested as per ASTM D737 Standard for air permeability, which shows that the Fabium is almost as breathable as regular fabrics, which makes it very useful in applications like masks & Coveralls (PPE), where breathability is almost always an issue.
The startup was founded in 2019 by Mr Yatee Gupta, who is also an IIT Delhi alumnus and working under the mentorship of Prof. Samrat Mukhopadhyay from the Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi. The duo started exploring Medical Textiles as an emerging Industry in India in 2018 (pre-COVID) and started developing infection-proof fabrics to prevent cross contaminations in hospitals.
“From a philosophical perspective, we are trying to break the public stereotype that high-quality products will always be expensive. We want to make our infection-proof products as easily available and affordable as a bar of soap. Our mission is to manufacture Fabium at large scale in India itself. We are very thankful to the Department of Biotechnology; Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India; IIT Delhi and FITT, which supported this cause during this crucial moment of time,” said Prof. Samrat Mukhopadhyay, mentor to Fabiosys.
Fabiosys was recognized as one of the most promising startups by IIT Delhi Alumni Association having won the “IIT Delhi Alumni Faculty & Startup Awards 2021”.
For any query, Mr Yatee Gupta, Founder, Fabiosys Innovations can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org