September 25, 2012
Under a new licensing agreement, Vestagen has achieved its next milestone on the path to capture the $2 billion healthcare uniform market. The company is currently in discussions with other world-class manufacturers of uniforms for workers facing exposures to fluids and other contaminants and expects licensing agreements will follow. These partnerships will reduce needless exposure of workers to fluids and other potentially dangerous materials they encounter at work.
“The risks posed to the medical professionals and other workers, patients and the community by multi-drug resistant bacteria on clothing is real and growing,” said Ben Favret, president and CEO of Vestagen, maker of Vestex technology. “The presented and published research on Vestex performance clearly documents its effectiveness. We believe Vestex™ powered uniforms will be the new standard all healthcare-related personnel. We are proud to partner with Blauer to execute our shared mission of helping to protect those who protect us.”
Powered by Vestagen’s Vestex® branded fluid repellant and antimicrobial technology, Blauer uniforms will be made of a breathable, comfortable, attractive fabric that is engineered to last.
“We have a 75-year history of innovation and serious protection in the public safety uniform space,” said Stephen Blauer, president of Blauer Manufacturing Co. “Blauer is proud to be first to bring this technology to the EMS market. New York City Fire Department Paramedic and YouTube rap sensation Lt. Farooq Muhammad’s “Keep Yourself Safe” video shows how Vestex™-powered EMS uniforms made by Blauer will help keep EMS workers safe. Vestex is all about serious protection.”
The Blauer/Vestex partnership announcement was made at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) in Boise, Idaho.
Active Barrier Protective Uniforms—powered by Vestex™ technology—were studied clinically by Dr. Gonzalo Bearman at Virginia Commonwealth University. Bearman reported his results in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, a peer-reviewed publication, in March of this year.
The ability of Vestex®to reduce MRSA or other microbial bioburden on garments has not been shown to correlate with any clinical event or to be able to reduce patient infections. Clinical studies to evaluate reduction in infection have not been performed. The antimicrobial agent used in Vestex® is EPA registered to guard against the degradation of the fabric from microorganisms and to retard the growth and action of odor causing bacteria.
Blauer is a leader in developing and manufacturing high-performance, protective uniform apparel for the public safety market. Blauer believes uniforms should provide Serious Protection to public safety professionals in three ways: by shielding from the elements, by helping project an image of authority, and by preventing and protecting against on-the-job accidents and threats. Blauer has over 75 years of success in making top quality uniforms that meet all three of these needs. Relentless pursuit of the best technology and constant attention to detail is Blauer’s way of giving back to the people who protect our community every day. For more information visit www.blauer.com.
About Vestagen Technical Textiles, LLC
Vestagen Technical Textiles is an Orlando-based marketer and manufacturer of advanced performance textiles. Vestagen is led by a skilled management team with nearly 70 years of combined experience in the health care, textile and apparel industries. Backed by V-Ten Capital Partners, Vestagen is committed to creating innovative textile solutions. For more information, visit www.vestexprotects.com.
Vestex is the first in a new category of high performance textiles: Active Barrier Protective Uniforms. Active Barrier Protective Uniforms are clinically proven to rapidly prevent, reduce or eliminate the acquisition and retention of contaminants on breathable, durable fabric. Vestex Uniforms repel fluids, wick away perspiration and contain an antimicrobial to prevent degradation of the fabric and to control odors caused by bacteria. Vestex technologies can be adapted for a variety of uses and applications, from health care to athletic products.