About Us

We bring high-tech into everyday life

We develop and sell lifestyle products that make technological and scientific high-tech innovations accessible to everyone, fast: in the form of useful and aesthetic everyday products. Our vision: A society in which every person realizes their full potential through the best possible products as companions in everyday life.


Our starting point: A Mask

We developed the Upper Hand Mask in collaboration with hygiene researchers at the Free University of Berlin and textile scientists at RWTH Aachen. We were supported by the EU in the ViruShield project ( www.viru-shield.de).

The Upper Hand® mask is certified as a medical face mask type IIR according to EN 14683:2019. The materials of the mask constantly self-disinfect and deactivate 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 on contact. A new type of very breathable high performance nanofilter is integrated in its center. Certificates, test reports and proofs can be found here.

Freshness, comfort, and protection

We use soft and breathable fabrics to create high comfort. We make them in a way that they deactivate >99% of SARS-CoV-2 viruses on their surface. And we combine them with nanofleece to capture micro particles such as viral aerosols and other microbes. The high-tech nanofleece does not impede airflow as much as standard masks do. A vivid example of how high-tech improves every day life in a meaningful way.

Products for a better life

The mask that disinfects itself is the beginning of a larger family of products. 

We believe that high tech in the form of useful and beautiful products can give people more safety, freedom and confidence in their everyday lives. Our goal is to make everyday life better for millions of people. That's what we're working on. Textiles are our focus to get there: because we can build upon our scientific and business experience in this sector. And because everybody is wearing and using them every single day.

Science is our foundation

A solid scientific foundation is extremely important to us. We work together with scientists on research projects to bring innovation and "cutting edge" findings as directly as possible from the laboratory into everyday life. We are currently cooperating with RWTH Aachen University, Freie Universität Berlin, the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. And we want to share exciting and useful news directly with the public. For this, we need the exchange with you as a media representative.

Want to learn more about Upper Hand's technology?

High tech is not always direct and easy to understand. That's one of the reasons why it currently takes so long for innovations that can improve all of our lives to become available to all of us in our everyday lives. We would like to tell you more about our technologies. About the ones we are currently using and the ones that are already on the horizon.

Get in touch! We look forward to exchanging ideas with you.

GET IN TOUCH

Kristof from the Trailblazers is your first point of contact:

Kristof Albrink
Media Relations

Mail: kristof@thetrailblazers.de

The Team behind Upper Hand

Upper Hand was founded in mid-2020 by David Schmelzeisen and Jan Wilmking.
Dr.-Ing. David Schmelzeisen is a specialist in innovative textiles and holds patents in the field of innovative 4D textiles, among others. After studying mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, he focused on textiles and textile technology and earned a Master of Science in textile technology. As part of his doctoral thesis, Schmelzeisen began his research in the areas of textile welding and production technologies for smart textiles. 

Now, scientist David Schmelzeisen is working with Jan Wilmking and a team in Germany, Portugal and Korea to combine lifestyle and technology and bring them into everyday life with Upper Hand. Jan Wilmking was responsible for Zalando's private label business until mid-2019. He was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company, is a graduate of Harvard Business School and invests in young innovative companies with high growth potential. 

eliminates 99.9% of viruses & bacteria. Including SARS-COV-2.

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Developed and tested in Germany. Sustainably produced in Portugal.

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More than 95% customers recommend Upper Hand to their friends.

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One Upper Hand Mask replaces more than 200 disposable masks.

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Teams and partners in Berlin, Aachen, Porto and Seoul.

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One Upper Hand Mask only costs 15 cents per day.

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