The Company

Genax is a company founded in The Netherlands with the mission to commercialize innovative textiles for personal protection, mainly against electromagnetic radio waves. Based on a patented product technology, the company has developed and tested a new shielding textile which is:

−      Thin

−      Tuneable 

−      Single-layer 

−      Double-sided

 

Genax is led by Michele Genangeli, double PhD, scientist and entrepreneur with a successful track record in closing the gap between business and academia, as well as identifying products of success and creating business opportunities. The Genax team includes highly skilled professionals, such as business developers from the Brightlands innovation campus, textile and textile market experts, skilled R&D specialists, and top Italian textile producers who are working with the top end of the fashion and health industry. Genax has an extensive network of key opinion leaders and high-level vendors/collaborators.

The Problem

Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum (frequencies between 30Hz and 300 GHz, wavelengths between 1mm and 10.000Km). Radio waves are commonly employed for radio communication (telephony, television, radio, navigation, radar and data). Nowadays, every electronic device (i.e. telephones, smart tv, Wi-Fi, wireless) is an emitter or receiver of electromagnetic waves. We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by these devices, thus exposing us to continuous radiation.

Scientists around the world have spent the last few decades studying the effects of these radiations on the human body. It is now clear that radio waves emitted from cell phones reduces the sperm count in males (tested in rats and humans), they can cause testicular cancer and affect soft tissues in the human body. Other studies have shown a correlation between brain and heart tumors in rats. 

Several people working with MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or similar instruments emitting magnetic and electric fields have reported feeling dizzy when close to these instruments. 

Police officers and other individuals with jobs that require them to carry a radio device used for emergency communications have reported rashes and irritation of the skin underneath where the radio is placed. 

Scientists have reported an increased number of tumors in people living in close proximity to communication antennas. 

Studies have reported people becoming sensitive to radio waves to a point where they are forced to lock themselves in the house and use preventive methods in order to liver better.

The Genax solution/product 

Genax's shielding fabric can be easily incorporated into everyday clothing for consumers. We have identified 4 main industrial markets to focus on for which Genax's fabric can be of increased benefit for the health and safety of the employees in the following fields:

  • Telecom market is a constantly evolving and growing market. It is also a sector in which workers are exposed to high levels of electromagnetic (EM) radiation from working in very close proximity to transmission towers during installation and maintenance. With the projected expansion of 5G in Europe by 2024, this market has a large growth potential whereby Genax's fabric can provide an innovative benefit in providing workers with protective equipment whilst working in close proximity to electromagnetic radiation transmitters, whereby EM frequencies are the strongest.

  • Police/defence: While fulfilling their duties, police and defence personnel are in constant proximity of radio equipment held close to their body to stay in constant communication with each other. Therefore, they are - more than the general population - exposed to a constant stream of EM radiation. Genax can provide a solution by incorporating a radio-shielding fabric into the pockets of bulletproof vests. Genax's technology can make this possible as the fabric itself is very thin and can even be incorporated into other fabrics.

  • Health: Although MRI machines do not emit ionizing radiation, they still produce strong EM fields. Moreover, developments in MRI technology have led to increasing strengths of EM fields to improve the imaging capabilities of the instruments. However, this leads to increased exposure of health care workers to increasingly strong EM fields. Genax's shielding fabric can provide lightweight and comfortable shielding into health care worker clothing to protect them from this radiation.

  • Garments: It is a multi-billion-dollar market where people are becoming more and more aware of the issue with radio waves. Producers will be able to implement Genax’s textile at a low cost in already existing garments e.g. trouser/jacket pockets and others.