RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cupron, creator of copper-based antimicrobial technologies, has received its fourth public health claim from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), expanding the technology’s anti-fungal claims to include tinea cruris or jock itch fungus – specifically its ability to kill Trichophyton mentagrophytes, which is the causative agent of jock itch fungus, by more than 99.9 percent after 12 hours of contact with Cupron-enhanced textiles.
Last year, Cupron received a similar EPA public health claim highlighting the technology’s ability to kill 99.9 percent of athlete’s foot fungus on the fabric and fibers. Given the health and performance issues these two fungal problems pose to athletes, Cupron initially is partnering with apparel manufacturers to develop Cupron-enhanced athletic wear such as shorts, capris, leggings and tights. Cupron expects to begin announcing these partnerships and product availability throughout 2014.
“Cupron technology now boasts two EPA anti-fungal claims for its ability to kill athlete’s foot and jock itch fungus on the textiles, as well as a separate independent test showing it improves skin elasticity by up to 30 percent in as little as 30 days,” said Chris Andrews, President of Cupron – Americas. “This repeated third-party validation affirms our belief that Cupron technology can transform the performance apparel market by enhancing athletic wear with certain health benefits that currently aren’t readily available to professional athletes and weekend warriors alike.”
Tinea cruris or jock itch is a contagious fungal infection of the groin that can cause itching, stinging and burning, and it can be spread by contact with an infected person, their contaminated clothing or textiles and contaminated surfaces. Jock itch also can be spread from contact with clothing contaminated with athlete’s foot fungus. Approximately one half of patients with jock itch also suffer from athlete’s foot.
In order to submit these claims to the EPA, the Cupron-enhanced textiles first had to achieve a 100-percent pass rate at an independent testing laboratory under the highest laboratory standards available. The samples were tested with simulated wear conditions, environmental conditions, cleaning protocols and for efficacy after repeated exposure.
“Adding a fourth EPA public health claim is a landmark achievement for Cupron’s technology, especially when you consider how rigorous the testing requirements are for each individual claim and the lack of a comparable antimicrobial technology currently available to the apparel industry,” said Alastair Monk, Ph.D., Cupron Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs. “Cupron’s anti-fungal capabilities are significant because of how difficult fungal spores can be to remove. In a separate study, the Hohenstein Institute in Germany has demonstrated that fungal spores can be transferred between clothing in the laundry basket, and only washes at over 140 degrees Fahrenheit can completely remove fungal spores. Our technology provides a continuously active method to kill specific fungal spores on clothing.”
Cupron technology enhances athletic apparel with a range of performance characteristics that provides the mechanical properties of high-performance textiles, the aesthetics for design flexibility and high antimicrobial performance. Because the Cupron technology is embedded throughout the yarn of the garment, it provides greater durability.
Specifically, the following statements are included in the EPA public health claim registration:
- Cupron enhanced fibers/fabric will assist in reducing the spread of T. mentagrophytes (jock itch fungus)
- Cupron enhanced fibers/fabric will [reduce, inhibit, suppress, kill] 99.9% of T. mentagrophytes (jock itch fungus) after 12 hours of contact with the [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers / fabric will inhibit the propagation and harboring of T. mentagrophytes on [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers / fabric will help to inhibit the growth of T. mentagrophytes the causative agent of jock itch on [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers / fabric will help to suppress the growth of T. mentagrophytes the fungus that is the causative agent of jock itch on [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers/fabric will [reduce, inhibit, suppress, kill] 99.9% of the T. mentagrophytes (jock itch fungus) on the [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers / fabric will inhibit the growth of T. mentagrophytes, jock itch fungus, on [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers/fabric reduce(s) the spread of T. mentagrophytes, jock itch fungus, on the surface of the [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers/fabric prevent(s) the growth of 99.9% of T. mentagrophytes, jock itch fungus, on the [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers / fabric will [reduce, inhibit, suppress, kill] 99.9% of T. mentagrophytes, jock itch fungus, on the [materials registered]
- Cupron enhanced fibers/fabric significantly reduce(s) 99.9% of T. mentagrophytes, the fungus that causes jock itch on the [materials registered]
In most cases, the approved registered material can be identified in the claim language on the product. Examples of such registered materials will include apparel for activities such as yoga, running, training, and team sports with specific products ranging from underwear, shorts, capris, leggings, tights and other base layers.
Cupron and its partners will set up a product stewardship program to support the responsible use of the technology and obtain feedback from users of Cupron-enhanced products. For further information about the registration and the range of products available, please visit www.cupron.com or contact Dafna Gabbay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A private company based in Richmond, Virginia and Herzylia, Israel, Cupron is the developer of proprietary technology that enhances a diverse range of products by incorporating the transformative properties of copper, an essential element of the human body. Cupron licenses its technology to channel partners that integrate the technology into different applications, particularly those that benefit from copper’s natural anti-microbial effectiveness and skin-enhancement qualities. Cupron-enhanced products – including hard surfaces, footwear, clothing and cosmetic applications – are helping to improve people's lives in the consumer, industrial, military and healthcare segments. Information on Cupron’s technology can be found at www.cupron.com.
An independent, double blind placebo-controlled study (n=60) of consumers wearing Cupron-infused fabrics against their skin regularly for 4 weeks demonstrated statistically significant improvements in two objective measures of skin elasticity. Reduced elasticity is commonly associated with aging, sagging, the appearance of a loss of firmness, and deterioration in skin texture and tone.
The use of this textile is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and sanitizing/disinfection of textiles. This textile has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not prevent cross contamination.