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CARY - The three finalists for the prestigious RISE Innovation Award have been named as Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI), Reifenhäuser Reicofil and Shanghai Pine & Power Biotech.

The award recognizes novel innovations within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that creatively use next-level science and engineering principles to solve material challenges and expand the usage of nonwovens and engineered fabrics.

The winners will be announced during INDA's ninth edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference, (RISE), which takes place from September 24-25, 2019 at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

The finalists are:

Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) with Surfaceskins – Hand washing and gel dispensers clean hands, but as soon as a person touches a door they risk becoming contaminated from a previous door user. Surfaceskins, antibacterial door push pads and pull handles, are engineered to kill deposited germs and bacteria in the vital seconds between one user and the next passing through the door, thus helping prevent the spread of some of the germs and bacteria associated with healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

Reifenhäuser Reicofil with Reicofil 5 – The RF5 Technology delivers the most productive, reliable, and efficient line technology Reifenhäuser has ever engineered. RF5’s intelligent production line reduces hard pieces by 90 percent; increases output up to 1200 m/min; streamlines maintenance time; reduces energy consumption; improves quality and productivity; and increases uniformity, strength, and softness of engineered materials.

Shanghai Pine & Power Biotech with Remodelling Compound Hernia Patch – The use of traditional permanent synthetic materials for abdominal wall hernia repair can create short- and long-term complications for patient health. The Remodelling Compound Hernia Patch is an electrospun nanoscale patch designed to mimic more costly absorbable biological grafts. The new cost-effective patch serves as a growth medium for new cells, ultimately biodegrading, and has been shown to reduce the rate of postoperative complications and recurrence of hernias matching the performance of absorbable biological grafts.

The three finalists were selected by technical experts on INDA’s Technical Advisory Board. The 25-member board of technical professionals is represented by companies such as Absorbent Hygiene Insights LLC, Berry Global, Cotton Incorporated, Crown Abbey LLC, Freudenberg, Performance Materials, Lenzing Fibers, Natureworks LLC, Nice-Pak Products, Nonwovens by Design, North Carolina State University, Poccia Consulting, Suominen, and The Procter & Gamble Company, among others. RISE conference attendees will vote for the recipient of the 2019 RISE Innovation Award, on Tuesday Sept. 24. The winner will be named Wed. Sept. 25.

“The RISE Conference recognizes and promotes innovation across all nonwoven and engineered material sectors," said Dave Rousse, INDA’s President. "Forward-thinking technology leaders will share invaluable information on new approaches and concepts to resolve material science challenges. For any technology scout or new product innovator, RISE is truly an event not to be missed.”

For registration details, visit https://www.riseconf.net/register.html

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