That weapon is socks.
They might look like regular athletic socks, but these are not just ordinary socks.
Cupron's socks have been infused with particles of copper oxide, which has natural anti-microbial properties. The copper makes them highly resistant to the runaway microbial growth that in most cases simply makes socks stink, but which also can cause serious health problems.
The company first gained fame in 2010 when it supplied anti-microbial socks that were sent down a supply shaft to 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days.
Now, Cupron's technology is being used in different products, including several brands of sportswear and pillowcases.
The company is also moving more aggressively to bring its products into a wider marketplace that includes hard surfaces such as countertops, armed with
Cupron's major target right now is the health care market.
"We are starting in health care because that is where the most good can be done," said
The company is promoting its socks as a way to inhibit the microbes that cause life-threatening infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as diabetes patients.
Studies show that diabetics are up to five times more susceptible to fungal infections than people without diabetes, and those infections can lead to serious health complications.
In conjunction with diabetes awareness month in November, Cupron is introducing its line of "Pro Therapy" copper-infused socks designed to prevent foot infections in diabetes patients.
"We're knee-deep in this right now," said
"We are distributing the socks around the country to podiatrists and diabetes educators," he said. "They are putting them onto feet prior to us commercially launching."
"We are really excited about how things have developed," he said. "This diabetic sock launch is a big moment for the company."
More big developments are on the horizon for Cupron.
Within a few months, the company's technology will be put to the test in a full-scale hospital setting.
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