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Revolutionary new germ-free material found4th of July 2012
An Austrian company has developed a new surface upon which bacteria are said to be unable to breed and grow.
And the firm - Amistec, situated in Kössen in the Tyrol - claims the surface could revolutionise the development of hospital hygiene.
Amistec was founded by former doctor and hospital chief Josef Peter Guggenbichler who has worked in the healthcare industry for 30 years.
"With this newly-developed technology we can provide surfaces where hundreds of millions of bacteria can be wiped out within a few hours," he said. "We have already received interest in this product from medical specialists around the world from Brazil through to China."
According to Amistec at least 170,000 people die in Europe each year from infections they have picked up in hospitals, despite all attempts to disinfect work surfaces.
And Guggenbichler claims this is only the beginning of the germ-free surface project. Amistec already has other projects in sight, such as the development of bacteria-free water tanks to prevent algae from developing.