TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative BioDefense Inc, the creators of the Zylast® line of antimicrobial products, announced today that a new round of extensive time-kill testing on the Zylast products showed that more than 99.99 percent of disease-causing germs were destroyed within 15 seconds, making Zylast the most effective antimicrobial on the market. The Zylast products, including an alcohol-based antiseptic, a water-based antiseptic lotion, and a foaming hand soap, were tested against a range of 25 different bacteria.
The list of bacteria tested is standard, and was developed to ensure a broad, representative spectrum of organisms was evaluated. Among the bacteria tested were E. Coli, a leading cause of food poisoning, S. Pneumoniae, a primary source of pneumonia and meningitis, and Acinetobacter baumannii, a drug-resistant bacteria that causes many fatal hospital infections and is prevalent in soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Two of the most prevalent and dangerous of these drug-resistant bacteria are Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE). Testing was performed with the Zylast Antiseptic against both of these deadly bacteria. Not only did the Antiseptic destroy more than 99.99% of these bacteria on contact, it was still killing more than 90% of both VRE and MRSA one hour after it was applied.
All Zylast products have been shown to be persistent for six hours, and now have demonstrated rapid, broad-spectrum kill as well. In-vitro testing on skin substitutes has shown that all Zylast products are still killing at or above 97% of disease-causing bacteria at 1 hour, and remaining above 90% at 4 hours after application.
When the Zylast Antiseptic was tested, it was shown to be more than 100 times more effective against Norovirus than alcohol alone (Liu et al, BioScience Results). Previous t