BOSTON, May 31, 2007—Neo-Advent Technologies, LLC is selected to be a key co-development sub-contractor on a grant awarded to Reactive Innovations, LLC from the Centers for Disease Control. The goal will be to develop a new line of scratch resistant, self-cleaning, anti-fog eyewear to protect citrus crop workers.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the Partnership for Citrus Worker Health, has identified an urgent need for improved protective eyewear for citrus workers. Studies of serious occupational eye injuries have demonstrated that safety glasses would prevent the majority of injuries, if used. However, worker acceptance is low, primarily because current safety eyewear is poorly suited for harvesting citrus in hot, humid conditions because the lenses do not provide the required combination of scratch resistance, self-cleaning capability, and anti-fog characteristics.
Neo-Advent Technologies, LLC with its teaming partners Reactive Innovations, LLC and Bacou-Dalloz Eye & Face Protection Inc., will formulate, design, and fabricate a scratch resistant, anti-fog/self-cleaning coating to address this issue. The new coating will combine the flexibility and adhesion of a polymer with the hardness and chemical resistance of glass.
Potential commercial applications include Rx lens manufacturers, food-packaging developers, and suppliers of automotive glass for windshields and mirrors. The Rx lens market represents more than $3 billion in sales each year. This improved coating technology could revolutionize the transparent substrate marketplace.
Neo-Advent Technologies was founded in 2003 to develop cutting-edge technologies in pharmaceutical and material science.