NANO-Fib-TECH, the startup company of Wael Mamdouh, associate professor of nanotechnology at the American University in Cairo (AUC), was selected as one of the winners of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Next Innovation with Japan (NINJA) Business Plan Competition.
JICA launched this competition in July 2020 for businesses emerging during the Covid-19 outbreak to discover innovative business models that not only provide prescriptive solutions to the current pandemic but also respond to the expected radical changes in the post-pandemic socio-economic reality, a statement issued by the AUC said.
NANO-Fib-TECH is a newly established science-based (LLC) company that focuses on developing nanotechnology-based solutions for disinfectants and antimicrobial materials in different biomedical, healthcare, food, and industrial fields.
“I feel overwhelmed and excited to win such a reputable competition through my startup company,” Mamdouh said.
“JICA is a well-known organization focusing on assisting governments in their development projects. NINJA is the first funding call directed to the private sector. Moreover, participating with our innovation and discussing it with the Japanese side was very exciting. Winning this competition is another proof of our ability to compete at the national and international levels.”
The unique edge of NANO-Fib-TECH is the ability to produce eco-friendly disinfectants and hand gel sanitizers (in liquid, gels, and powder forms) without using any alcohol or harsh chemicals, which are some of the main causes of health issues.
NANO-Fib-TECH disinfectant solutions exhibit unique properties to fight bacteria, fungi, and viruses compared to conventional disinfectants.
The winner added that the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year brought with it increased exposure to the conventional disinfectant. Therefore, he said, the world is looking for alternative disinfectant solutions with minimum harmful side effects.
The greatest advantage of NANO-Fib-TECH antimicrobial materials is that the materials can be made in any form: liquid sprays, creams, hand gel sanitizers, and powders. Thus, our materials can be added to food, beverages, animal feed, fertilizers, cosmetics, agriculture sprays, prebiotics, textile, sport ware, and more.
JICA will provide support for each selected startup with $30,000 to cover the costs for Proof of Concept/pilot studies associated with their innovation.
This fund will help the company in fine-tuning materials and preparing more formulas, as well as running more tests on materials to be more powerful in fight-resistant bacteria, fungi, and viruses, according to the statement.