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BiaXamTM Polymer Technology Is Submitted By Kraton To The EPA As An Active Ingredient

Published: May 4, 2023
Author: DIGITAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE

In order to obtain Section 3 approval as a new active ingredient, Kraton Corp., a global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from by-products of pine wood pulping, submitted their innovative BiaXam polymer technology to the EPA on February 21, 2023. This application comes after the EPA on April 21, 2021, approved the technology as a surface coating under an Emergency Use Authorization with Delta Airlines.

The active ingredient in the BiaXam polymer was filed under the Section 3 classification for additional residual antimicrobial products, which calls for one of the EPA’s most intricate efficacy testing procedures. The submission contained a dry polymer of Technical Grade Active Ingredient (TGAI) with BiaXam as a manufactured use product (MUP) polymer in a solvent system. a peel and stick sheet coated with the BiaXam polymer as an End Use Product (EUP). According to the EPA Interim Method for Evaluating the Efficacy of Antimicrobial Surface Coatings, gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria were used in the efficacy testing. Only one material technology currently falls under this category that has been approved by the EPA.

BiaXam is a special type of amphiphilic polymer made up of hydrophilic segments with highly effective channels for moving water and hydrophobic segments with enhanced strength and flexibility. Kraton’s technology is a great option for anti-fog coating, non-woven cooling, dehumidification, and energy recovery membranes because it absorbs and transfers water in addition to the residual antimicrobial advantage that forms the basis of the application for Section 3 registration. “The tremendous market interest excites us. We’ve used the BiaXam polymer in a number of applications and are eager to collaborate with new partners to create further End Use Products for registration, according to Jeff Mathers, general manager at Kraton.

BiaXam polymer technology is a high molecular weight polymer that complies with the polymer exemption definition under TSCA and does not include the addition of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS or “forever chemicals”). Kraton has observed interest in incorporating BiaXam into a variety of products, including tubing, personal protective equipment, air filters, smart textiles, wound care, packaging film, industrial coveralls, chemical suits, surface sprays and wipes, safety goggles and visors, and energy recovery ventilator membranes, in addition to the coating on a peel-and-stick film. If working with Kraton Corporation is something you’re interested in To create new applications, please get in touch with us.Since BiaXamTM has not yet received regulatory approval, it cannot be purchased or used in any of the aforementioned applications. This is neither a solicitation to buy or a suggestion to utilise. To find out if a product is authorised for use or sale in your state, get in touch with the regulating body for pesticides in your area.

 

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