The International Antimicrobial Council has entered into a strategic alliance with Saginaw Valley State University to help create standards and advanced testing of materials in the growing field.

Antimicrobial chemistry and materials are a growing field in activewear, serving as odor and bacterial protection in a range of products.

The partnership includes a new IAC headquarters on the University Center campus in Saginaw, Mich., in the Pioneer Building, home to SVSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

“SVSU has a very innovative culture that sparks excellent thinking an creativity,” said James Rutledge, IAC’s technical director. “The faculty and students are passionate about science and we look forward to working with them to advance the IAC’s contribution to the antimicrobial industry.”

The IASC has created a test Verification Program to improve testing consistency among antimicrobial testing laboratories with the aim that verifiable test methods will result in greater uniformity when the same sample are tested in multiple labs, leading to improved product adoption time frames and more consistent data to support antimicrobial product claims.

IAC noted that the SVSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology takes an interdisciplinary approach to education and research, bringing together the fields of microbiology, chemistry and engineering with state-of-the-art research labs. Through its independent test Lab, the college assists local Michigan manufacturers with mechanical, chemical and biological product testing services.

ISAC is dedicated to promoting the safe and effective use of antimicrobials and odor-control technologies in industries where microbial contamination is of concern.

Sciessent, a provider of antimicrobial and odor adsorption solutions for the textile and apparel industries, has recently launched Agion Active XL and Lava XL odor control technologies used in several industries, including textiles and apparel.

Apparel-maker Delta Galil Industries Ltd. inked a licensing deal with Columbia Sportswear Co. in December to launch a collection of “performance-based underwear” for fall with  moisture management and antimicrobial properties.