The antimicrobials market is growing at a rapid pace—business analysts predict that it will be worth $3.3 billion globally by 2018—and start-up TiFiber (Fayetteville, AR) wants to tap into that trend. The company will present its broad-spectrum biocompatible antimicrobial polymers (AMP) technology in the Startup Garage section of NPE2015 in Orlando, FL.
The Startup Garage, developed by SPI: The Plastics Trade Association and hosted by Startup.Directory, showcases early-stage companies selected by program organizers. The 12 companies invited thus far will showcase innovations in bioplastics, 3D printing, graphenes, and more. Exhibitors pay a reduced rate for exhibition floor space, which makes it possible for startups like TiFiber to be part of the largest plastics trade show in North America. "The rate made it economically feasible for us to participate," says company CEO Calvin Goforth, who is looking forward to networking opportunities at the event. For a full list of participating companies and to learn more about the program, read "Exhibitors in the 'Startup Garage' will showcase innovative polymer technology."
In the crowded antimicrobials space, TiFiber has a technological advantage that distinguishes it from competitors, according to Chief Scientist Mike Rutherford, Ph.D. "Compared with other existing antimicrobial materials, our technology expands the possibilities of tailoring formulations to fit various application needs," Rutherford told PlasticsToday. "That is one of the attributes that separates TiFiber from antimicrobials, such as Triclosan, which are limited to a single formulation. We can tailor such things as solubility and color."