Plasma-killing technology developed by Irish firm Novaerus could help businesses to re-open safely post-lockdown.

Dublin company Novaerus has reported 12-fold production of its plasma technology units that kill airborne viruses to meet international demand.

The Irish tech firm is making waves with a range of medical-grade clean air solutions that kill all airborne viruses – including a surrogate for the virus that causes Covid-19.

“For companies that need to get back to work, these devices are really the final piece of the jigsaw in terms of protecting staff and customers”

As authorities focus on limiting the spread of Covid-19, Novaerus has patented a plasma ‘killing’ technology that can quickly dis-infect the air in shops, offices, waiting rooms, factories and any building where people share an indoor space.

The company sells a range of three portable air dis-infection devices that are powered by technology that has been independently proven to kill 99.99pc of MS2 Bacteriophage, a surrogate for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19.

As international demand has grown, production of the devices at Novaerus’ Portlaoise manufacturing facility has increased 12-fold since the start of 2020. The product range includes the NV200, NV800 and Defend 1050 models, all of which can be simply plugged in and moved from room to room. The devices use a plasma-based technology to decontaminate the air, with the smaller models using less energy than a 40-watt light bulb.

Protecting staff and customers

Business development director at Novaerus Michael Corr said that for companies seeking to get back to work in the safest, most reassuring way for employees and customers, Novaerus’s technology can close the hygiene loop by eliminating any viral particles in the air.

“We all know that respiratory droplets caused by coughing, sneezing and wheezing are considered one of the main transmission routes for the virus,” Corr said. “So, things like hand washing, wearing a mask, and of course social distancing will continue.

“But we also know generally that infection can be transmitted on air currents, where you have dried viral particles swirling around and spreading over long distances,” he says. “Our plasma technology kills those particles, which significantly mitigates the risk of airborne infection and contamination of surfaces and hands.

“For companies that need to get back to work, these devices are really the final piece of the jigsaw in terms of protecting staff and customers,” Corr said. “They are being deployed around the world in the global fight against Covid-19.”

Novaerus’s technology has been recognised by Chinese health authorities, while hundreds of hospitals worldwide have installed the devices to help reduce transmission of Covid-19. In South Korea, the Irish-manufactured technology can be found in close to 80pc of existing ambulances in Seoul.

In addition, Novaerus’s scientific diligence was recently recognized by the Karolinska Institute, one of the world’s leading medical universities in Stockholm, Sweden, where the Nobel Prize in Medicine is issued. Novaerus was the only air disinfection company that met the stringent requirements to participate in a study on the efficacy of air dis-infection against pathogens.

Closing the hygiene loop

While the company has primarily focused on the export market up to now, there is increasing Irish demand for Novaerus devices as local businesses look to return to work.

One of the first adopters was the McGreal’s Pharmacy group, which operates eleven pharmacies in the Leinster area.

Having initially installed the units for staff and customer protection, Kilian McGreal recognized the potential of Novaerus for the wider business community and agreed a deal to become official supplier of the products.

“Installing Novaerus units in all our shops to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 was a no-brainer,” said group owner Kilian McGreal.

“However, I firmly believe the benefits go well beyond that. Post Covid-19, our team and our patients will have a much higher expectation of the hygiene measures at their local pharmacy. With the amount of people coming into our pharmacies with colds, flu and chest infections, having a Novaerus unit to eliminate airborne viruses, bacteria and fungi makes perfect sense.”

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: Thursday, 4 June, 2020

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