As one of the responses of the open call of the Innovation Fund of Serbia, the SME Agrounik formulated the preparation Surfix, which is a biological disinfectant with antiviral and antibacterial action. The viruses which spread through droplets, such as coronavirus, can survive in an external environment, that is, on objects and hands, for a long period of time, increasing the possibility of infection. Traditional chemical disinfectants have a limited effect, and they are also not natural and not good for the skin, as they cause it to break with time, so the virus can penetrate the pores of the damaged skin. On the other hand, Surfix is a fully natural, biological disinfectant for hands and working surfaces and floors.
Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact
The preparation is a completely natural product, ecologically safe, because it contains natural biosurfactants obtained by microbiological fermentation of probiotic bacteria. Surfix forms a layer of biofilm containing beneficial, probiotic bacteria, which can survive for a whole day on these surfaces, providing protection from the virus. The “secret” of these probiotic bacteria, she adds, is that they produce various substances which reduce the ability of the virus to survive on treated surfaces. 10 tons of products were donated to health centers, schools, kindergartens, public institutions.
Faculty of Chemistry in Belgrade
Institute of Public Health - Belgrade
Torlak Institute of Virology
Veterinary Institute - Novi Sad
- National/Federal government
- Private Sector
- Non-Profit/Civil Society
Issues being addressed:
- Patient care
- Health and safety of responders
- Resource management and mobilisation
31 May 2020