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Nanotechnology company opens office at N.C. Research Campus

Published Monday, November 14, 2016

BioArmor, a company that makes hand sanitizers that use nanotechnology to kill germs, is the latest new resident of the Core Lab at the N.C. Research Campus.

Sal Toscano and Mike Bralkowski started the company two years ago and now manufacture the hand sanitizers, topical antiseptics and disinfectants at a plant in Rockwell.

The two like the Kannapolis location for its quick access to the Rockwell plant and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Toscano, who is member manager of BioArmor, travels a lot marketing the company’s products.

Bralkowski, who is scientific consultant at BioArmor, says other factors also attracted the company to the campus.

“Expertise, high-tech partners, instrumentation and room to grow, it is exactly what we needed at this stage of our growth,” he says.

Toscano adds: “We are ecstatic that we are able to secure a space here surrounded by research scientists and instrumentation that can help us continue to develop our product lines.”

Customers for Bio Armor products include government and military agencies, private schools, pharmacies and stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Those customers seem to like the products because they don’t contain alcohol and toxic chemicals.

BioArmor is leasing less than 500 square feet in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory.

The research campus is a good fit for BioArmor, says Mark Spitzer, vice president of operations for Castle and Cooke North Carolina, which is developing the campus.

“While the NCRC is recognized for corporate partners like Dole Foods, General Mills and Sensory Spectrum, we also have space and infrastructure for startup to mid-size companies in the areas of human health, nutrition, agriculture and physical fitness,” Spitzer says.

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