Amferia AB (Swedish medical device company) announced today that it has been granted the foundational patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its innovative antimicrobial material based on an amphiphilic antimicrobial hydrogel.
Amferia AB is now in its final stages of product development for wound care applications and aims to launch the first product within animal health during 2022.
The patent (US 11235021) concerns the primary invention behind Amferia’s platform technology, an amphiphilic antimicrobial hydrogel material that can rapidly bind and kill all types of bacteria, even antimicrobial resistant bacteria, on to its surface without harming the body. The material utilizes co-valent binding between antimicrobial peptides and an amphiphilic hydrogel to form a solid antimicrobial hydrogel material, which exerts a strong antibacterial effect upon direct contact with bacteria, without leaching or release of any antimicrobials into the environment around the material. Amferia is today translating this invention into wound care products for both human and animal health.
Anand Kumar Rajasekharan, CEO of Amferia − “This is an important milestone as the granted patent recognizes the core invention of Amferia. We are very excited that the patent grant coincides with our recent product development within wound care for the European and US market. Of special relevance to this patent is our ongoing process for seeking US FDA 510k clearance on our wound dressing product.”
Amferia was founded in 2018 as a spin-off from the Applied Chemistry department of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Amferia’s proprietary technology is a new and effective antimicrobial material that targets and rapidly kills bacteria upon contact, including numerous antimicrobial resistant bacteria like MRSA and MDR E. Coli.
The material is selective and targets only bacteria while being entirely non-toxic to human and animal cells. Today, the team has transformed this concept into a technology platform, with the first product being an antimicrobial wound care dressing for skin wound applications in human and animal health, supported by strong scientific data.