“The antimicrobial technology that aims to protect the world from microbes”

On November 22nd, in the Work Café Santander program on Radio Infinita, there was a revealing interview between Bárbara Silberberg, co-founder of Copptech, and presenter Soledad Onetto. Throughout this dialogue, key aspects of the company and its innovative technology were explored.

The conversation began with Copptech’s history, from its origins focused on copper formulations to its expansion to other ingredients, demonstrating its continuous evolution and adaptability. This evolution aligns with its venture into the United Kingdom, supported by a strategic partnership with the British government to establish its headquarters there.

During the conversation, Silberberg emphasized Copptech’s commitment to providing protection and well-being to everyone. She remarked: “This is a technology with a powerful benefit that can change the world.” This statement reflected the company’s ambition and conviction in the global impact of its technology.

The essence of Copptech is highlighted by innovation, science, creativity, and flexibility, characteristics ingrained in the DNA of its people, challenging conventional thinking every day. This approach is reflected in the variety of applications and formulations of Copptech across various industries, such as textiles, industrial, plastics, and more. This diversity is made possible through Copptech’s relationships with partners, prioritizing collaboration in the constant pursuit of innovation.

The interview at the Work Café Santander on Radio Infinita not only highlighted Copptech’s cutting-edge technology but also provided a comprehensive view of its history, principles, strategic objectives, and commitment to a positive impact on people. This interview introduced a company committed to innovation and improving the world through its technology.

About Copptech™ Antimicrobial Technology: Copptech™ Antimicrobial Technology is a rapidly growing biotechnology company recognized by Diario Financiero as one of Chile’s 10 most valuable intellectual property brands. Its patented technology uses copper, zinc, and other natural elements to inhibit growth and eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria and mold, reducing odors, helping food stay fresh longer, and increasing the lifespan of a wide range of materials. Copptech™ Antimicrobial Technology is present in products from Kimba, LP Chile, Arauco, as well as in products from its innovative US-based partner, Purra Performance.

Founded in Santiago, Chile, the company is headquartered in London, United Kingdom, serving clients in Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

You can watch the full interview here

Chile is classified as one of the best countries to invest in Latin America.

Hand in hand with the Chilean firm Copptech, the English executive and investor will participate in Unicorn Kingdom, an initiative that will take place in Chile next week and aims to encourage new national startups to venture into the European market.

“Unicorn Kingdom” is a global campaign by the British government aimed at encouraging international technology companies and venture capital funds to do business in the United Kingdom. On November 14, it will land in Chile. Here, local startups will be able to present their projects to a group of British investors, as well as Chilean investors and national companies already established in that European country. One of the participants in the event is Hugh Minnock, investment director of the British fund Foresight Group, who has been able to get to know the Chilean ecosystem after being part of Copptech’s Series B, where they raised US$ 5.5 million in 2021 (see box). Prior to his participation in “Unicorn Kingdom,” Minnock spoke with “El Mercurio” about the potential he sees in the country and the perception of our ecosystem abroad.

– How has your experience been investing in a Chilean company? “Each company we invest in has unique properties and potential. I cannot speak for all Chilean companies, but Copptech certainly has a value proposition that we found attractive, along with their professionalism. It takes commitment along with a community of co-investors who have helped us understand the opportunities available to Copptech both in the United Kingdom and Chile. That said, as with all startups, there are risks, but at Foresight, we offer more than just investment; we partner with our portfolio to share operational knowledge, guidance, and connections, helping the companies we support achieve their business ambitions.

– Do you think Chile is an attractive market for the United Kingdom? “The event ‘Unicorn Kingdom’ and ‘GREAT’ focus on encouraging promising entrepreneurs and innovators to consider the United Kingdom as a place to grow and succeed. The commitment of the United Kingdom government to Chile demonstrates their belief that it is a market that fosters a significant growth spirit both in Latin America and the United Kingdom.”


Copptech, a Chilean firm that offers antibacterial and antiviral technology based on copper, currently has a presence in Latin America, the United States, Asia, and recently opened a new office in London and an R&D center in Manchester. In their global perspective, this “allows them to be at the forefront of challenges in all markets and geographies,” says co-founder Bárbara Silberger, who will also participate in “Unicorn Kingdom.” For Silberger, the contribution of investors is key to the company’s growth, but she adds that having the presence of a fund like Foresight also allows them to open new and more doors. “It is especially useful to have a fund with global experience and a firm presence in the United Kingdom, as it can support our efforts as we move beyond Chile and Latin America towards the United States and Europe.” Copptech, founded in Chile in 2014, initially focused on researching and developing its products until 2016 when they had their first connection with the United Kingdom. On that occasion, they conducted clinical trials for the National Health Service (NHS), which revealed that through the developed technology, it could reduce the days by 38%.

Life Science Review Award (Biotech Edition)

Copptech Driving Innovation with Antimicrobial Technology

Copptech is spreading innovation from Chile by taking an active role in creating greater global awareness of the country’s biotech expertise. The leading biotech company has developed over 30 formulations based on its patented antimicrobial technology to effectively eliminate ≥99.9 of bacteria, viruses, termites, and other pathogenic microorganisms. The technology can be added to a variety of materials, including textiles, plastics, and paints, to create a protective barrier between infectious sources and users.

Before making its original technology available for commercial use, Copptech thoroughly studied the properties of copper and the role of antimicrobial applications in improving well-being across different industries.

“Our solutions start with challenging conventional thinking. Then we get pragmatic about understanding real-world factors like supply chain, cost, and ease of implementation to come up with our solutions so that we can make it easy for our partners to innovate in their industries,” says Barbara Silberberg, cofounder and head of Latam at Copptech.

“We explored industry-specific supply chains and took multiple factors into account, like the ingredients required, costs involved, manufacturing processes, and the most suited form.”

For instance, to prevent the premature destruction of wooden panels caused by bacteria and fungi, traditional additives can be replaced with Copptech’s antimicrobial technology. This protects the panels from termite infestation, providing tangible benefits for the end user.

Copptech’s natural and people-safe ingredients increase product durability and reduce odor. Available in a variety of formats, including masterbatch, powder, liquid, and coatings, they can be incorporated across a wide spectrum of existing manufacturing processes.

Unlike its competitors that adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, Copptech develops bespoke formulas that fit client needs. The focus has always been on starting development efforts from the outside in, identifying challenges, and then using those challenges as catalysts for innovation.

“The majority of our competitors have a solution that has proven effective for certain problems. We work the other way around. We look for problems that people think cannot be solved and deliver effective solutions backed by science and research,” says Silberberg.

Distinguished by its deep scientific expertise, Copptech’s R&D team adheres to rigorous scientific and regulatory standards, internally and in collaboration with educational institutions. The combination of its new R&D hub in the U.K., commitment to addressing real human challenges, and broad understanding across industries enables the company to streamline commercial implementation for its clients, allowing them to bring novel products to market without significant process changes or capital expenses.

Copptech’s vast expertise also enables it to act as a ‘science partner’ for Latin American clients during new product development. By anticipating their requirements during international expansion, it provides solutions with the potential to scale without further change or development. It has also been expanding its operations to the U.S. Case in point, American insole manufacturer and OEM supplier Purra Performance leverages the Copptech Antimicrobial Technology for its footwear and sporting products.

This ability to help clients expand into new markets was demonstrated when Bash, a reputed Chilean physical security solution provider, decided to launch a padlock product line for use in highly unhygienic environments like locker rooms, gyms, and workplaces. Copptech worked with the client to develop an antimicrobial coating that eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria in two hours. A decade after launching this new product line, Bash has captured over 10 percent of the padlock market share in Chile and enhanced customer experience by ensuring the locks they use offer protection against bacteria.

Copptech is determined to use its scientific expertise to bring new products to market that benefit the planet. The company aims to make a positive impact at home in Chile and around the world by tackling challenges like food waste, transforming the packaging industry, setting higher standards in the construction sector with more durable building materials, and transforming the textile industry withantimicrobial clothing.

AMEE Names Copptech™ Antimicrobial Technology Most Innovative Packaging Solution 2023

The Food Tech Annual Summit & Expo, 2023

Mexico City, MX: Copptech Antimicrobial Technology™ a dynamic and rapidly expanding ingredient brand company founded in Santiago, and one of the top 10 most valuable intellectual property brands in Chile, according to Diario Financiero, has been recognized by the Association of Containers and Packaging (AMEE) for Empaque Innovador (Packaging Innovation) 2023 at its Annual Food Tech Summit & Expo. 

For the past 15 years, AMEE has recognized Food and Beverage Technology leaders in Latin America for their contributions to developing innovative, environmentally friendly and sustainable products. Its internationally recognized excellence awards program is endorsed by the IFT and the Mexican (AMEE). 

 “Using our ingredients to make real impacts on daily lives is at the heart of our company” remarked Barbara Silberberg, Co-founder of Copptech. “To have our scientific and ingredient expertise recognized for its ability to help packaging partners tackle problems like shelf life for fresh foods is a very gratifying endorsement of our work.” she added. 

 Copptech created the award-winning meat pads in collaboration with its innovation partner Yumanpack.  High absorption and liquid retention pads are designed to help maintain food quality by capturing excess liquid that occurs naturally when products are packaged. They also retain fluids longer which could create an environment that fosters microbes that cause odors. The game changer in these meat pads is the addition of Copptech™ antimicrobial technology which effectively combats harmful microbes that cause unpleasant odors and reduce shelf life of fresh meats. That means that meats smell fresher and look more appealing even longer thus extending shelf life at point of sale. 

Making a relatively small enhancement to a packaging solution can have a significant impact for retailers, consumers and our planet. A Thomson Reuters study found that companies save an average of $142 for every dollar they spend to reduce food waste, while consumers benefit from knowing that foods they purchase will stay fresher, longer.

For our planet, the opportunity to reduce food waste has close ties to climate change as the United Nations estimates that 20% of methane gas in our atmosphere is produced from food waste in landfills. “Being part of such an important innovation process is really exciting,” says Copptech Vice President Sales, Mexico, Carlos Hortuvia. “These antimicrobial pads offer a game-changing approach to meat packaging. They enhance freshness and quality, promote sustainability, and add value across the board from farm to fork. “ Silberberg noted that this award reflects the firm’s significant advances in its collaborations in the food packaging industry across Latin America and that it looks forward to extending these benefits globally in the future. 

About Copptech™ Antimicrobial Technology
Copptech™ Antimicrobial Technology is a fast-growing biotech company that has been recognized by Diario Financiero as one of the 10 most valuable intellectual property brands in Chile. Its proprietary technology employs copper, zinc and other natural elements to inhibit growth and eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, mold, and mildew to reduce odors, help foods stay fresher, longer and increase lifetime durability across a wide cross-section of industrial and construction materials. Copptech™ Antimcrobial Technology can be found in products from Kimba, LP Chile, Arauco, as well as in products from US-base innovation partner Purra Performance. Founded in Santiago, CL the firm is headquartered in London, UK, and serves customer across Latin America the United States and Europe. 

About About Yumanpack
YUMANPACK SA DE CV.- is a 100% Mexican company with subsidiaries in Colombia and Ecuador, dedicated to the commercialization of packaging for the protein food industry: heat-shrinkable bags, flex-flex thermoformed, and semi-rigid, absorbent pads and PET trays activated with Copptech antimicrobial incorporated, packaging consultant to better food preservation. Our commitment: improve the profitability of our clients, help humanity consume healthier proteins, and our products be cleaner. Nereo Castellanos G. General Director Terra Park Centenario Industrial Park Bodega 52 D. Paseo Centenario del Ejercito Mexicano Km 1+037, el Marques Querétaro CP 76269 Email: Nereo.castellanos@yumanpack.com Cell. +52 442 4717764. 

Hidden Threats – Termites, the home wreckers

A silent threat in your home, advancing unnoticed. They are so voracious, that they can bring down an entire house, eating its wooden and cellulose structure or foundations.
There are two types of termites:
1) The first type are dark, winged termites. You can see them more often during spring. During summer, you can also see the ones that feed on dry wood, and during autumn, the flying ones are the most prevalent.
2) The second type are white termites. They don’t usually come out, staying inside wooden elements. When they do come out is to regulate humidity and temperature, they usually protect themselves with a type of clay that they secrete.

Termites usually stay inside the wood, but when they do get in contact with humans, they defend themselves. Their bite is not toxic, but it can itch, swell, burn and hurt, especially if you have a predisposition to allergic reactions.
Termite saliva and droppings that come in contact with the skin can cause contact dermatitis and other allergic reactions.
Termites like damp environments, where mold tends to grow, and when termites crawl or chew on wood, they spread mold in their wake. It’s a cycle of pathogen propagation.
Treating a termite infestation yourself, is asking for trouble. Termite pesticides can be harmful to humans on unknowledgeable hands. Always get an expert opinion on how to get rid of termites, and prefer elements that can’t be damaged by them when building your home.

Foresight VCTs invest £5 million in antimicrobial technology developer Copptech

Foresight Group, one of the most relevant Private Equity groups in the UK. has become our new Copptech partner. Their Senior Investment Manager, Hugh Minnock, has recently joined Copptech’s board of directors.
Thanks for joining us in this project with your experience and enthusiasm!

You can learn more about the investment about Fresight Group Investment at the IFA Magazine Article.

We leave you with some words Hugh gave us at his visit to Santiago, Chile. 

Look for our Copptech seal!

Return to the places you love.

Our health and safety are directly affected by how we design and maintain our living spaces. When you see our seal, you can feel safe knowing that product or material is protected from the threat that are microbes.

Microbes can cause diseases, material degradation, ruin building materials and cause bad smells. In this precedented times, we need a sense of security to return to our daily activities: to go to the movies, to dinner with family and friends, to the park, or even go to a concert.

Microbes can remain inside building materials for years and above surfaces for many days, (Van Doremalen, 2020). 

Our Copptech partners are investing in their client’s protection. Learn more about how to get a Copptech protected product on our website or just send us a message!

Van Doremalen, N., Bushmaker, T., Morris, D. H., Holbrook, M. G., Gamble, A., Williamson, B. N., Tamin, A., Harcourt, J. L., Thornburg, N. J., Gerber, S. I., Lloyd-Smith, J. O., de Wit, E., & Munster, V. J. (2020). Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1. The New England journal of medicine, 382(16), 1564–1567.

Innovation in Veterinary Surgery and Post-Operative Care

Elizabethan collars are often recommended by veterinarians, especially to prevent dogs and cats from removing their sutures after surgery. They get their name from the lace collars that were fashionable in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. References to their use in veterinary medicine date back to at least 1897. The first Elizabethan pet collars were made of wood, leather or steel; some sources describe the application of buckets with holes in the bottom on dogs to prevent self-harm. There are variations in design, including features to facilitate diameter adjustments or the addition of padding, to ensure that the collars fulfil their function and/or to improve comfort.

Kimba, a Chilean vet company,has partnered with Copptech to create state-of-the-art post-operative clothing for dogs and cats, with Copptech technology, which keep pets’ injured areas clean and protected while they heal – and even heal faster. In a 2020 study, veterinarians at the University of Sydney in Australia conducted a survey of 434 owners whose pets had used the Elizabeth collar in the past year. It concluded that its use causes stress in pets, reduces, among other things, their field of vision and affects their freedom of movement (Shenoda, 2020).

Kimba, together with Copptech were the pioneers in using technology and progress to improve this ancient invention, so that pets could withstand and heal better – and faster,. The creation is called Body Kimba, that can be used in all types of animals and is now considered a the best veterinary measure in Chileans vet-clinics.

Adolfo Momares, the mind behind Kimba, says “The first thing we did was to determine the inconvenience of the Elizabethan collar and the challenges it poses for those of us who care for our pets. That is why we developed a body, which covers, protects and heals these tissues faster. Customised products based on the needs observed in dogs and cats”. 

The Kimba Body with Copptech technology, provides an antifungal, antimicrobial effect, permanent protection against infections and a visible improvement in wound healing. “With this clothing, the stress on pets is reduced after treatment or surgery. Now, thanks to the post-operative onesie, you can keep the injured areas clean and protected without having to endure the irritating device on the neck known as the “cone of shame”. Explains Veterinarian, Marcelo Jofré.

Innovation and tecnhnology to improve health and wellbeing! Also protecting our pets. Learn more in our Link https://www.copptech.com/cstaging/pets/

Shenoda, Y., (2020). “The Cone of Shame”: Welfare Implications of Elizabethan Collar Use on Dogs and Cats as Reported by their Owners. Animals, 10(2), 333.

The Airplane Seat of the Future Already Exists, It Cleans Itself and its Protected by Copptech!

Germs and microbes that lurk on airplane seats are a major source of infectious diseases. Most of these germs remain in various places on airplanes, despite the high altitude, temperature changes, air pressure and cleanliness of airline equipment. These germs survive in spite of even cleaning with uv lights and other commonly used cleaners. They live everywhere on an airplane, from the blankets you wrap yourself in, the front seat pocker, seats, tables, seat belts, carpets, windows and toilets.

Studies consistently show that almost everything inside an aircraft cabin is infested with bacteria and viruses. In this study on Transmission of infectious diseases during commercial air travel, they explain that: “The 2002 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome demonstrated how air travel can play an important role in the rapid spread of new emerging infections and may even initiate pandemics. In addition to the flight crew, public health officials and health professionals have an important role in the management of airline-borne infectious diseases and should be familiar with the guidelines provided by local and international authorities” (Mangili, 2005, p. 989).

Communicable diseases can be transmitted rapidly through an aircraft. 2.5 square centimetres of a seatbelt buckle can harbour 1,100 viable bacteria and fungal cells, according to a January report that analysed samples taken from a cabin. A 2014 study by Auburn University in Alabama found that MRSA – a superbug resistant to many antibiotic treatments – can live for a week in the fabric of a seat pocket harboured in a small saliva stain. (Vaglenov, 2014).

The quest for germ-free travel has become commonplace among people, as we all seek to protect ourselves from diseases and germs. The return to safe and secure travel is a priority. Copptech, committed to permanently protecting people, has developed the Copptech Microparticle, which permanently eliminates <99.9% viruses, bacteria and fungi in all types of materials in the interiors of airplanes, cars, buses and other means of transport, from the infrastructure to the upholstery.

Copptech is aware that the design of commercial aircraft has hardly changed in decades, and seats have become the focus of comfort. We firmlu believe that innovation should be promoted not only for comfort, but also to achieve protection and a microbe free experience.

The seats of tomorrow’s airplanes will be protected by Copptech. In addition to self-disinfecting, these seats will also eliminate mites and fleas that passengers might bring on board. A safe and eco-friendly technology that protect both passengers and crew members, permanently – 24/7. Safe travel is possible, innovating to protect people should be a priority.

Learn more about Copptech’s solutions for the Airspace and Transport industry on https://www.copptech.com/cstaging/transport/

(1) Mangili, A., 2005. Transmission of infectious diseases during commercial air travel. Lancet (London, England), 365(9463), 989-996.

(2) Vaglenov, K., 2014. Survival and transmission of selected pathogens on airplane cabin surfaces and selection of phages specific for Campylobacter jejuni (Doctoral dissertation).

Copptech Protected Non Woven Products – Protecting the Healthcare Industry

Copptech technology incorporates antimicrobial formulations into woven and non-woven textiles, polymers, resins and rubbers, turning them into biocidal products, i.e. they neutralise and prevent the action of any harmful microorganism, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, with an effectiveness of more than 99.9%. In particular, the development of non-woven fabrics has been beneficial in preventing the proliferation of hospital-acquired infections, as this line includes raw materials used in masks, medical gowns, pillowcases, caps and gurney covers, which are widely used in clinics and hospitals. Moreover, this is the same material used in wound dressings, pads and diapers.

“When the microorganism causing an infection comes into contact with a Copptech non-woven, it short-circuits its cell membrane, creating perforations. This allows the copper ions to enter, stopping the pathogen’s vital functions. Copptech technology helps to create an environment free of potentially pathogenic microorganisms around the skin, and if used as an adjunct in wound treatment, it will also contribute to the healing process,” explains Dr Luis Améstica.

People protection can be promoted through the use of technology and innovation. At Copptech, we firmly believe that health and wellbeing are possible and within our reach. The use of Copptech technology in the area of health would be a concrete and effective way to work towards decreasing the spread of pathogenic microorganisms. E-mail us at info@copptech.com/cstaging and we will tell you more about our partners who are already leading the way in the use of technology to protect through non-woven materials.