WMDtox "creates a safer environment for war fighters and first responders by mitigating the immediate impact of contact with nerve agents," Reactive Surfaces said in an announcement.
"It allows rapid reclamation of contaminated equipment and can be applied months in advance. The ability to prophylactically coat surfaces that may be exposed to nerve agents dramatically increases the likelihood of survival of the individual who may be required to touch such surfaces."
Most of the anti-chemical-warfare coatings technology used by the U.S. military "is unproven against today’s agents,” said Steve McDaniel, Chief Innovation Officer of Reactive Surfaces.
'Very Real Threat'
The company says it has provided WMDtox to Birdsong Firearms, a well-known Mississippi-based weapons coating company, as a weapons coating for military personnel and first responders.
“We are making WMDtox available today in response to escalations in the Middle East and the very real threat that American soldiers will be confronted with chemical agents in the near future,” said McDaniel.
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A worker uses a rabbit to check for leaks at a Sarin nerve gas production plant in Colorado in 1970. WMDtox is reportedly able to neutralize Sarin and chemically similar agents.
He added, "There is an active chemical war ongoing in Syria. We must assume that our troops will soon be in a chemical war scenario, and we cannot send our sons and daughters into harm’s way without protection.”
About the Company
Founded in 2002, Reactive Surfaces says it uses environmentally friendly enzyme and peptide technology to develop additives for self-cleaning surfaces, biocidal surfaces, mold-inhibiting surfaces, deodorizing surfaces, textiles with reactive coatings, self-healing coatings and catalytic column coatings for liquid and gaseous waste-stream decontamination.
The company opened its first functional coatings manufacturing plant in July 2012 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) 60,000 square-foot Accelerator in Hattiesburg.
The bioengineering company says it collaborates with scientists at Texas A&M University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Georgia.