When COVID-19 struck on the eve of the new decade, the world changed irrevocably. Health authorities around the world began urging people to wash their hands multiple times a day for a minimum of 20 seconds. This was not always possible. The virus is capable of spreading through the smallest of physical interaction. And it was not always possible to wash hands every time you picked up a bag or exchanged cash. This is where the alcohol-based hand sanitizers offered a quick and instantaneous solution. But this too had a problem. Ethanol, which makes up for about 60-80% of these hand sanitizers by volume, evaporates at room temperature. The duration for which a single rub of these sanitizers is effective is just about 2 seconds. This is enough to kill any lingering viruses, but it doesn't guarantee any protection beyond this. Not to mention, that repeated use of alcohol strips away the fatty acids of the skin creating dryness and cracks and rendering it an ineffective barrier.
At I2Cure, we wanted to bring about a revolution. A solution to the hand-safety conundrum. And we did. We developed a topical disinfectant with molecular iodine as the active ingredient. Iodine has been one of the oldest and most effective antimicrobial agents in medical practice. We have taken iodine's efficacy a step further by delivering free molecular iodine into the skin. Moreover, there is no bacteria or virus resistant to iodine, so no drug resistant pathogens are created.
What differentiates the I2Cure from other quick-fix topical disinfectants is that rather than protecting your skin from the outside, it protects your skin from within. The molecular iodine is delivered through the epidermis, into the dermis from where it releases back out through the skin as a colorless, odorless gas. This slow release of the iodine creates an antimicrobial vapor shield, turning the skin into an anti-microbial surface. And unlike the alcohol-based sanitizers, I2Cure provides 12-hour, fool-proof protection against viral, bacterial, and fungal threats: a complete bio shield. Moreover, iodine nourishes and hydrate the skin as opposed to dry and cracked skin from alcohol-based products.
Molecular iodine is the active agent in I2Cure. Molecular iodine has the ability to enter your skin, leaving no stain or smell. This prevents it from being washed away or rubbed off. I2Cure delivers free molecular iodine directly into the skin. Once inside, it diffuses back to the surface of your skin, killing any viral, bacterial, and fungal load. Which is why just a couple of drops provides you with fool-proof protection for over 12 hours: a complete bio shield.
Molecular iodine (I2) is the only safe broad-spectrum anti-microbial agent that exists at room temperature. The benign nature of the compound makes it ideal for a wide range of applications. Iodine has played the role of a topical disinfectant for over 200 years. Yet, during this long stint it has not given rise to any microbial resistance.
Molecular iodine has many advantages apart from its powerful antimicrobial properties. The human body manufactures I2 for the healthy functioning of the thyroid.
I2Cure comes from a long line of revolutionary inventions by Dr Jack Kessler. Dr. Kessler’s academic journey began at Steven’s Institute of Technology where he obtained his Bachelor of Science. He later went on achieve his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York, Syracuse.
Dr. Jack Kessler has worked as Senior Scientist, New Technology Evaluation at Hoffman-LaRoche, a Swiss multinational healthcare company. He later went on to work as Senior Principal Systems Engineer at Elbit Systems of America. He is a member of the founding team of Symbollon Pharmaceuticals, Iotech International, and I2Pure, all three of which are focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary drugs based on molecular iodine technology.
He has led formulation teams responsible for the development of several iodine-based products including the Violet tablet, ioRinse line of oral care products and the initial generation (powder) of the Iodozyme teat dip product marketed by DeLaval. He has also published basic and applied research on iodine formulations and the biochemistry of iodine/thyroid hormones.
Apart from a 12-hour anti-microbial barrier for your skin, Dr Kessler’s list of inventions includes a molecular iodine-based solid oral dosage for mammary dysplasia and methods, systems, and devices to identify microorganisms in culture samples. Dr Kessler has dedicated more than 25 years to the development of applicative areas of iodine-based formulations, bio-analytical assays, and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices.
Dr. Jack Kessler’s patents have been filed for approval at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His patent listings include applications pending approval as well as patent already granted by the USPTO.