IIT Delhi Startups E-TEX and Clensta Launch Affordable Antiviral T-shirts and Covid-19 Protection Lotion

  • E-TEX and Clensta launched an antiviral protection kit that includes antiviral T-shirts and a COVID-19 protection lotion.
  • The products have been backed by experts from the Chemical and Textile department of IIT, Delhi.
  • The antiviral efficacy of the Clensta lotion was conducted at different intervals of times and found to be 99.95% effective.

Two startups, E-TEX and Clensta, incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have together launched a complete antiviral protection kit that includes antiviral T-shirts and a COVID-19 protection lotion for the masses at an affordable price on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

The antiviral kit was unveiled by Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi. This antiviral protection kit consists of a novel Clensta protection lotion and hand sanitizer; E-TEX Kawach Antiviral T-Shirt, and Kawach Mask.

It has been launched with an ambition to provide protective cover to people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof Rao said, “It is indeed a proud moment for IIT Delhi to see such Indigenous technologies impacting and creating job opportunities amidst this pandemic and making India Atmanirbhar.”

The products have been backed by experts from the Chemical and Textile department of IIT, Delhi.

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According to officials, the antiviral fabric designed by the startup – E-TEX, has been designed using advanced technology which inhibits from hosting microbes, reduces the likelihood and speed of contaminations, transmissions by destroying micro-organisms on contact.

The antimicrobial property of the garment remains effective even after 30 washes in mild condition. The finishing is done on cellulosic fibers, which is safe for human contact and on the environment.

“Developing cost-effective bio-clothing with antiviral and antimicrobial functionalities through local resources and resilient manufacturing can deactivate the viral threats, can efficiently stop or slow the spread of the virus,” said Prof Bipin Kumar, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi.

Clensta Protection Lotion, launched under brand name COVID-19 Protection Lotion, offers 99.9% virus protection with antiviral and antiseptic properties for up to 24 hours.

“The lotion can be used over any exposed part of the body including face and hands,” Prof Kumar added.

The product is a breakthrough advancement in the formulation of engineering chemistry with first of its kind PAP Technology (Prolonged Antiviral Technology) to prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal infections without harming the environment and human health.

The antiviral efficacy of the Clensta lotion was conducted at different intervals of times and found to be 99.95% effective in virus protection as per American Society for Testing & Materials, says an IIT Delhi statement.

This comes at a time when a total number of coronavirus cases in the country mounted to 63,94,068, while the death toll climbed to 99,773 with the infection claiming 1,095 lives in a span of 24 hours, according to the ministry data updated at 8 am on Friday.

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