Demron showcased at NATO conference

A fabric that can provide protection from both chemical and biological threats as well as radiological and ballistic threats has been highlighted at NATO's "CBRN Aspects in Defense Against Terrorism" conference in the Czech Republic.

The Florida-based Radiation Shield Technologies' patented Demron fabric, the company says, "eliminates the guesswork (of which armor to use) by enabling users to deploy one technology to combat all types of threats, including traditional ballistics and bombs," UPI reports. The fabric also protects against IEDs, radiological emission devices, radiological dispersive devices and nuclear threats.

"Radiation Shield Technologies developed Demron because we recognized a need for lightweight, durable, flexible personal-protection gear that provides total multi-hazard protection and enables users to work comfortably with the peace of mind of knowing they're well-protected," Dr. Ronald F. DeMeo, RST's president and chief executive officer, told UPI.

RST, DeMeo said, has received ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certifications for the design and manufacturing of Demron, which has 13 U.S. and international patents as well as one recently granted Indian Patent, UPI reports.

Demron is composed of an advanced radiopaque, nano-polymeric compound that is fused between layers of fabric. In tests by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the U.S. Department of Energy, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, UPI reports, Demron has been proven to block X-rays, nuclear emissions and gamma rays.