Development of Type I and Type IV latex allergy circumallergenic latex films (Dr. Cornish)
We have developed the first Type I and Type IV circumallergenic natural rubber thin film, with mechanical properties superior to thin film elastomers commercially available. Circumallergnic thin film products such as surgical gloves, condoms, and angioplasty balloons are in prototype development. In conjunction with this, we have launched a project in South Africa “Condoms, Cash and Cooking fuel” in which subsistence rural families will farm guayule (a desert shrub and the source of the latex used in for the circumallergenic films), process it to latex and fuel pellets, and make and distribute locally made condoms which are stronger, softer and more elastic than all current condoms. Associated businesses will include seed collection and cleaning, transplant production, and production of termite resistant building materials. This project can reasonably create jobs for 10 million poor people in the Eastern Cape and address four Millenium Development Goals.