Up to 2 million bottles of hand sanitiser which use silver nanoparticles from the Center for Research and Development of Ho Chi Minh City High-Tech Park (SHTPLabs) have been exported to Europe, the United States, and Canada since the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Ngo Vo Ke Thanh, Director of SHTPLabs, said that the company has recently shipped a total of 2 million bottles of the gel to Europe, the US, and Canada, and the next shipment of between 4 million and 6 million bottles to these markets is scheduled for late May.
This hand-washing gel is a product that has been created from the VND200 million silver nano research project at the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology.
After undergoing a period of research, SHTPLabs was then granted a patent from the National Office of Intellectual Property to produce its gel.
After an initial successful shipment on May 20, SHTPLabs signed a VND600 million co-operation agreement to prepare nano silver suspension for use in the production of the hand-washing gel in line with a joint venture of two pharmaceutical companies, Pomax and BV Pharma, according to Thanh.
Thanh also pointed out that there are some challenges that the firm faces in terms of preparing nano silver suspensions in large quantities in order to meet the increasing demand of businesses.
SHTPLabs is one of the units that is responsible for receiving research requests for technological development from enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City. Nano silver hand washing gel products in a dry form are the result of co-operation in terms of research, production, and technology transfer among researchers, the State, and private enterprises.