During development of the ClearSight™ IOL, Sharklet researched the effect that micropatterned surfaces have on epithelial cells. After surgery to remove cataracts, an intraocular lens is inserted into the eye. Epithelial cells migrate onto the new lens, resulting in posterior capsule opacification (PCO). A followup surgery uses a laser to remove these migrated cells. The ClearSight IOL would feature a protective ring of Sharklet to prevent the cellular migration and negate the need for the laser procedure. 阅读更多
Sharklet-patterned adhesive films are designed to be deployed in many environments, including hospitals. This study places Sharklet film in key areas of a simulated hospital room and measured transference between stations.
Environmental contamination contributes to an estimated 20-40% of all hospital acquired infections (HAI). Infection control practices continue to improve, but multipronged approaches are necessary to fully combat the diversity of nosocomial pathogens and emerging multidrug resistant organisms. The Sharklet™ micropattern, inspired from the microtopography of shark skin, was recently shown to significantly reduce surface contamination but has not been evaluated in a clinical setting. The focus of this study was the transfer of bacteria onto micropatterned surfaces compared to unpatterned surfaces in a clinical simulation environment involving healthcare practitioners.
Denver’s Channel 7 News, KMGH, ran a story and a short video interview with CEO Mark Spiecker.
Sharklet’s technology could keep dirty devices from making us sick, but it’s not just smartphone surfaces that could benefit.
“In hospitals right now, about 2 million a year get what are called hospital acquired infections. We spend about $30 billion a year treating those,” says Spiecker. “About 100,000 people die a year.”
Last year, Research Scientist Dr. Ethan Mann published a massive study on the performance of Sharklet against competitor anti-microbial technologies. Many outlets picked up on this study, including the Washington Post.
In experiments designed to mimic the transmission of bacteria via both touch and sneezes, the researchers found that Sharklet was more effective than copper, which is one of the most popular anti-microbial surfaces for hospital use. While copper harbored 80 percent less MRSA — antibiotic resistant bacteria — than control surfaces, Sharklet showed reductions of as much as 94 percent.
InnovatioNews published another profile about Sharklet and the company’s expected growth. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article to see an interview with our CEO, Mark Spiecker, where he talks about the company at the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference.
“So much of our technology uses chemicals or heavy metals to prevent bacterial growth,” says Mark Spiecker, who joined the company in 2008 and took over as CEO in 2010 when it moved to the Bioscience Park Center incubator.
“We don’t need that. With our surface, if the bacteria can’t attach, they don’t have the chance to grow. We come at that problem from an entirely new angle.”
Regional manufacturing publication Company Week dropped by Sharklet to do a profile of the company and our upcoming products.
“There’s a significant market for iPhone cases,” explains Sharklet CEO Mark Spiecker. “Everybody knows what an iPhone case is, and when I walk into a meeting and show him or her our technology it’s a very tangible thing,” he says. He shows the data on how the case repels bacteria based on Sharklet’s patented technologies. Hence a company focused on medical devices and planning to debut its first products this year is starting out with an iPhone case under $30.
Microsoft’s Work blog wrote a profile about biomimicry and Sharklet.
Today, businesses are looking at how nature works to find solutions for human problems. This emergent field is called “biomimicry,” from the Greek bios (life) and mimesis (imitation). In business, biomimicry means innovations inspired by nature, and so far, the greatest business advances in biomimicry have been design oriented. However, Mother Nature is also the Master Organizer of things. Perhaps it’s time to consider her opinion on the way we organize our lives and businesses.