Xefco®, an Australian materials science and technology start-up specializing in innovative thin-film coating technologies for the textile industry offered to outdoor apparel, fashion and home textile markets, has launched XViroblock™ in collaboration with Swiss textile innovator HeiQ. According to Xefco, XViroblock is the world’s first thin-film antimicrobial copper surface treatment for textiles proven to exhibit significant viricidal activity against SARS-CoV-2 after only five minutes. By developing textile treatments that provide rapid viricidal and antibacterial functionality, Xefco hopes to reduce the transmission of disease by reducing the persistence of pathogens on treated surfaces.