Initiative Group Sponsors

Our Initiative Group Sponsors support the thought leaders who take action and bring solutions to the industry in our year-long initiative groups.


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Neoterix® ST – Reducing bacterial contamination without antimicrobials

Sappi Casting & Release Paper is the global leader in the production of release papers which create texture on the surface of synthetic leathers, coated materials, unsupported films, and laminates. Sappi is dedicated to supporting the healthcare industry in finding surface solutions that effectively support current infection control protocols and antimicrobial stewardship efforts. To achieve this goal, product development and design can’t be done without significant input from healthcare professionals.

Neoterix ST is an innovative technology for creating surfaces that inhibit bacterial attachment. Surfaces made with Neoterix ST will help prevent bacterial attachment without the use of toxic, antimicrobial resistance causing chemical or metal additives. With this technology, Sappi is enabling sustainable solutions that effectively support current infection control protocols and antimicrobial stewardship programs.

Neoterix ST is a release paper engineered with the patented Sharklet™ micropattern to create surfaces that inhibit bacterial attachment. The microscopic texture alone proactively inhibits bacteria from attaching using no toxic additives or chemicals. The product’s unique resilience is in its ability to impart these properties into multiple surfaces, in multiple care settings and perform consistently. It can be manufactured into coated fabrics, laminates and other materials commonly used in hospital furniture, cabinets and countertops, doors, mattress covers, headwalls, wall paneling, and many other products and surfaces.


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Microban® International, Ltd. is the global leader in antimicrobial, odor control, and surface modification technologies.

Our proactive systems keep products cleaner and control odors by preventing problems and damaging microbial growth before they start. Microban odor control and antimicrobial technology enhances consumer, textile, industrial, and medical products across the globe.

Our goal is to provide our partners with unique technological antimicrobial solutions that are able to enhance the performance of their products in a way that is significantly differentiated from their competitors while providing tangible benefits to their end users. We do this by combining science with creative approaches to develop inventive, antimicrobial solutions. Our proactive systems work at a microscopic microbial level, preventing problems before they start.

Founded in 1984 by three biomedical engineers, Microban is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barr Brands International. Microban antimicrobial product protection is built-in to over 1,000 products in more than 30 countries. With over 250 partners, we are proud to supply Microban antimicrobial protection to partners with five global offices spanning four continents. We are close to our partners, where they are headquartered, where they manufacture, and where they sell.


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Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, additives and functional products, specialty chemicals, and fibers that are found in products people use every day.

Today’s healthcare environment has a critical need for better plastics - plastics with unsurpassed chemical resistance to disinfectants.  These critical HAI-preventing disinfectants are used more frequently and with more aggressive protocols.  Hospitals need plastics with the inherent ability to withstand stickiness, discoloration, crazing, cracking and hazing when exposed to these disinfectants. 

Eastman plastics are key components used in non-implantable medical devices, including electronic housings and hardware, syringes, minimally invasive surgical instruments, blood contact systems, rigid and flexible tubing, IV components, and renal devices. Eastman MXF221 copolyester is a fully compounded polymer uniquely suited for electronic medical device housings and hardware. 

Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. 


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Effective Infection Prevention Products | PDI Healthcare

PDI helps reduce preventable infections, control healthcare costs and save lives by delivering a variety of evidence-based environmental hygiene and patient care solutions.

At PDI, we never forget who we are all working for. That’s why we offer a broad range of evidence-based, market leading Interventional Care, Environment of Care, and Patient Care solutions, all designed to help reduce preventable infections, control healthcare costs, and ultimately help save lives. It’s all part of our passion to Be The Difference®, every day.