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IFAI finalizes plans for 2020 Smart Fabrics Summit

In the Industry | February 10, 2020 | By:

Registration is open for the Smart Fabrics Summit to be held April 16-17 in Washington, D.C. This year’s event provides a forum for professionals in the industrial textiles industry to discuss, examine and understand how to bring a “smart” product to market, under the theme “Ideation to Commercialization.” 

The event is hosted by the Industrial Fabrics Association International and organized By the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Reaching a market with these high-tech products involves many steps from initial concept, to market research, to intellectual property protection, to design, and ultimate manufacturing by U.S. companies. The two-day event has been planned to spur original thinking among public and private sector organizations about how new and existing policies affect future smart fabrics products. The Summit will support collaboration among industries by providing face-to-face connections and networking with market-specific individuals. 

Presentations include:

  • A panel on smart fabrics standards, moderated by Chris Joregensen, IPC
  • “Clothing: The Next Frontier for Drug Delivery” by Jordan Schindler, Founder/CEO of Nufabrx, a company that manufactures and sells products that have active ingredients embedded into the fabric to provide pain relief. 
  • Zeis Textiles Extension, Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, will present “You Can’t Get to Commercialization Without a Culture of Innovation” with Paige Mullis, director, Concept Development | Advanced Projects for Glen Raven, Inc. 
  • Friday morning’s session is a presentation by Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). 

To view the full agenda, get more information and to register, visit, or contact IFAI at

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