MORRISVILLE, Pa.—Gelest Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use its new and improved manufacturing processes for the company's Biosafe antimicrobials, a move that Gelest said significantly expands its production capabilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a surge in demand for the antimicrobial products, and Gelest, along with its suppliers, has worked to meet that demand. The antimicrobial products made by Gelest help to prevent the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, fungi mold and mildew.
Biosafe antimicrobials are used in a variety of personal protective equipment, including laundry additives for health care uniforms and for food service towels used in restaurants and cafeterias.
"At Gelest, we continue to find new ways to ensure availability of our Biosafe antimicrobials to meet our customers' needs," Shiming Wo, Gelest vice president and general manager of life science, said in a statement. "For example, we invested in developing new processes with shorter cycle time, and successfully obtained EPA approval for the implementation of these advances in the manufacturing of our Biosafe products. It allowed us to significantly expand our Biosafe capacity without compromising our ability to supply products to other critical market segments."
Morrisville-based Gelest is a manufacturer and supplier of silicones, organosilanes, metal-organics and specialty monomers for advanced technology end markets, including medical devices, life sciences and personal care.