from the January 2007 issue

Copper fabrics that are said to heal

Cupron, a 6-year-old company based in Greenboro, N.C. which conducts its research and development in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh says it is the first textile manufacturer to produce fibers "impregnated" with copper oxide, an agent that kills bacteria and odor on contact. Among the company's various products which are claimed to heal and prevent athlete's foot.

The company says that Cupron, Inc. has successfully created a cost effective platform technology that utilizes the qualities of copper and binds copper to textile fibers, allowing for the production of woven, knitted and non-woven fabrics containing copper-impregnated fibers with the antimicrobial protection against microrganisms such as bacteria and fungi that attack Cupron fibers.

Cupron is supplying the U.S. army and has signed a contract with North Carolina sock manufacturer Renfro Corp., which developed its "copper-sole" brand using Cupron's patented technology.

Tests conducted in independent testing laboratories have demonstrated product efficacy in deactivation of a wide variety of microorganisms. The company is now awaiting approval by the FDA.

There is nothing new in the belief in the efficacy of copper to heal a variety of diseases. It goes back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks used copper pipes to clean drinking water and the Aztecs used it for sore throats. Today, many arthritis sufferers wear copper bracelets to relieve their pain. The company gifted socks to Israeli troops during last summer's war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

The company projects sales of $10m. in 2007 and expects to break even.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report January 2007

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