Antiviral and Antimicrobial Hand and Surface Sanitizer

Touitou Elka, HUJI, School of Medicine - IMRIC, School of Pharmacy- Institute for Drug Research


Pharmaceuticals,  Infectious diseases, Cosmetics, Formulation


Hand transmission of viruses an important factor in the occurrence of respiratory and enteric diseases. Transfer of virus can occur to and from hands, as well as between hands and fomites. Alcohol – based sanitizers demonstrated good antimicrobial activity but have poor antiviral activity against non-enveloped viruses such as Norovirus and others (around 90% of all non-bacterial outbreaks in Europe could be attributed to Norovirus).

The broad spectrum antiviral and antimicrobial sanitizer helps to prevent the spread of disease by disinfecting surfaces against bacteria, enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.


The antimicrobial and antiviral spectrum of the active ingredients includes biocidal performance against gram positive bacteria, gram negative bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, enveloped viruses and non-enveloped viruses.

Novel compositions exhibiting highly effective antiviral, antimicrobial and/or antifungal activity. The compositions can be used for sanitizing and/or disinfecting surfaces.


FIG. 1/2 depict the synergistic antiviral activity of formulations tested for their antiviral activity against Vaccinia virus after 30 & 60 seconds exposure respectively as compared to conventional formulations  


  • Wide spectrum anti – microbial activity.
  • Activity against non-enveloped viruses
  • Active ingredients are regarded as safe (GRAS) by the US FDA and are listed in the FDA's EAFUS database.
  • Fast sanitizing effect.
  • Pleasant and non – tacky formulations.

Expected Impact            

The antiviral and antimicrobial sanitizer addresses unmet medical needs, by providing innovative and highly effective sanitizing solution preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Consumer inclination towards health & wellness and product innovation such as addition of fragrances in formulation of sanitizers are projected to boost the growth of the global hand sanitizer market.

Improvement in living standards, rise in health expenditure, increase in awareness about hand hygiene, and support from organization such as WHO, FDA, and others towards the need for sanitation augment the demand for hand sanitizers

Current Development Stage       

TRL9 Actual system proven in operational environment

Patent Status

Granted US 9,023,374

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