(MARIETTA, GA) A trio of companies are working together to revolutionize medical and dental devices, according to FiteBac Dental, a manufacturer of antimicrobial compounds and additives in those industries.

FiteBac said Oct. 12 that it will look to the materials science expertise of RDAbbott and its silicone product manufacturing subsidiary, NovationSi, to help in the endeavor, as FiteBac looks to “synergize the effectiveness of FiteBac’s non-leaching, durable and persistent bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal technology in synthetic and silicone polymer systems.”

“By combining FiteBac’s revolutionary antimicrobial technology with RDAbbott’s and NovationSi’s elastomers expertise, we’re poised to bring more life-changing antimicrobial products to market in short order,” said Kirk Kimmerling, founder of FiteBac.

Since its inception in 2016, Kimmerling said FiteBac has been cited in numerous scientific publications as the company pushes advanced applications in composites, coatings, textiles and pharmaceuticals.

The collaboration between FiteBac, RDAbbott and NovationSi is evidence of the growth in these advanced application spaces—which typically evolve from a partnership between academia and the industries themselves.

“The collective efforts from RDAbbott’s and NovationSi’s team of rubber technologists and materials scientists discovered proprietary ways to bring FiteBac Technology to efficiently enhance the antimicrobial properties of silicone elastomers,” said Rick Ziebell, vice president of technology at RDAbbott. “Employing FiteBac in this manner has shown to decrease biofilm formation on the surface of a cured silicone elastomer and can enhance silicone’s use as a medical device.”

FiteBac said its antimicrobial compounds will be implemented with custom third-stream additives for liquid silicone rubber in the NovaSperse brand of NovationSi (in the U.S.). Compounds for HCR will be sold by NovationSi with its PURmix brand (in the U.S.).

Final products include such items as dental composites, dentures, crowns, bonding agents/adhesives, sealants, cements, endodontic sealers, resin systems, 3D-printed materials, implants, flexible silicone mouth guards, night guards, retainers and mouth rinses.

About FiteBac Dental 
FiteBac Dental, established in 2016, offers the latest technology in dentistry that addresses microbial contamination, the underlying cause of most dental diseases. In 2020, FiteBac became the first company to release an FDA-cleared Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser, containing the antimicrobial K21. FiteBac now offers dental manufacturers the ability to create superior antimicrobial and biofilm-resistant products: dental composites, dentures, crowns, bonding agents/adhesives, sealants, cements, endodontic sealers, resin systems, 3D-printed materials, implants, flexible silicone mouth guards, night guards, retainers, and mouth rinses. To learn more, visit FitebacDental.com.

About RDAbbott
RDAbbott is a materials science, engineering, and distribution company that’s devoted to the advancement of rubber technologies and connecting its customers to the best products and services. It’s what they like to call applied curiosity. They are staffed with rubber experts at every level; equipped with state-of-the-art, US-based laboratory and manufacturing facilities; and stocked with premium elastomer products in warehouses throughout North America. To learn more, visit RDAbbott.com.

About NovationSi
NovationSi is the manufacturing subsidiary of RDAbbott—where applied curiosities become a reality. NovationSi specializes in custom LSR compounds; modifiers, additives, and colors for silicone; and highly specialized elastomer products. NovationSi’ elastomer technologists, compounders, and pigment specialists work closely with the RDAbbott’s materials scientists and application engineers to create fully customized elastomer solutions. To learn more, visit NovationSi.com.