New Swedish UVC technology proven to eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19)
Swedish cleantech company LightLab Sweden have developed a new UVC technology called PureFize, proven to inactivate bacteria and viruses. In a new study (access the study here) it has been proven that the technology can eradicate SARS-CoV-2. The study, that was conducted at the University of Siena, Italy shows that PureFize can be used to inactivate any SARS-CoV-2 presence (>99.9999%) on items that consumers use every day.
The study was conducted by the University of Siena together with SAES Group and was recently published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The results show that PureFize is effective in inactivating 99.9% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the samples in less than three minutes and 99.9999% in less than ten minutes.
– We are happy to present the first scientific evidence of this UVC disinfection technology. A very good result was obtained to inactivate SARS-CoV-2. The PureFize UVC technology can play an important role in inactivating SARS-CoV-2 from objects in everyday life, says Professor Gabriele Messina, MD, Associate Professor in General and Applied Hygiene (Public Health), University of Siena, Italy.
The PureFize UVC disinfection technology is a completely new and sustainable technology developed by the Swedish cleantech company LightLab Sweden. In contrast to already existing UVC technologies, PureFize does not use mercury or LED to generate UVC light. PureFize has been developed to utilize a wider and more effective wavelength spectrum to inactivate bacteria and viruses. The PureFize technology is fast, effective and generates minimal thermal heating, making it energy efficient. PureFize is protected by 118 granted patents and another 37 patent applications are awaiting approval.
– Many companies in the industry state that their products inactivate SARS-CoV-2 from surfaces, but few have actually conducted scientific tests with their products. Scientific validation is something that is very important to us. PureFize makes it possible to bring UVC into everyday life in a safe and sustainable way. We aim to raise the standard for UVC disinfection and show that PureFize can be effective in inactivating bacteria and viruses but also sustainable in minimizing the impact of the technology on the environment, says Rune Torbjörnsen, CEO at LightLab Sweden.
The technology offers vast integration opportunities and can be used in a wide range of applications and installed in products without major redesigns or adaptations. LightLab Sweden has several ongoing projects with partners who want to integrate effective and sustainable UVC solutions into their products.
– This is just the first step for us in raising the bar on disinfection through UVC technology and proving that the PureFize technology is very effective on bacteria and viruses. In addition to the study on SARS-CoV-2 from Italy, we also have scientific studies that show that the technology is effective against several other common viruses and bacteria, e.g. E.coli, salmonella and staphylococci. PureFize's unique power and reliability enables many different application areas, from heating cabinets, refrigerators and ventilation systems to public environments and hospitals where higher levels of cleanliness are in demand. We want to help and contribute to a healthier and safer everyday life for people, says Fredrik Forssell, CMO, LightLab Sweden.
About the study:
The University of Siena has tested a new UVC technology called PureFize that is developed by LightLab Sweden. During the study the PureFize UVC light sources were placed in a surface disinfection box developed by LightLab Sweden for general demonstration purposes. Six PureFize light sources where used at a distance of > 7,5 cm from the Sars-Cov-2 samples. The sample was a solution containing SARS COV-2 at a concentration 107,2 *TCID50%/ml, where TCID50% means a virus concentration such as to induce damage on 50% of infected cells. The result was a reduction of 99.9% (log3) of the virus in the samples in less than three minutes and 99.9999% (log6) in less than ten minutes. Read the entire study here
PureFize is a safe and effective technology to disinfect surfaces, foods, water and air. Using a world-leading proprietary nanotechnology PureFize creates a unique and broad UVC light spectrum where all bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, are destroyed beyond repair with exceptionally high degrees of germicidal reduction. PureFize is energy efficient, sustainable, mercury-free, or create any ozone and guarantees minimal thermal heating. PureFize is protected by 118 granted patents and another 37 patent applications are awaiting approval. The technology is developed by LightLab Sweden and designed with integration in mind for commercial and consumers applications and products.
About LightLab Sweden:
LightLab Sweden is a clean tech company that develops and manufactures a sustainable proprietary UVC light source system, PureFize, that can be used to sanitize surfaces, food, air and liquids. Our mission is to integrate disinfection into everyday life enabling more people access to better health and a better environment. LightLab Sweden is based in Uppsala, Sweden, and collaborates with global partners and leading universities globally to bring smart UVC into applications for industry and consumers.
About SAES Group:
A pioneer in the development of getter technology, the SAES® Group is the world leader in a variety of scientific and industrial applications where stringent vacuum conditions are required. In 80 years of activity, the Group’s getter solutions have been supporting technological innovation in the information display and lamp industries, in sophisticated high vacuum systems and in vacuum thermal insulation, in technologies spanning from large vacuum power tubes to miniaturized silicon-based microelectronic and micromechanical devices (MEMS).
Starting in 2004, by leveraging the core competencies in special metallurgy and in the materials science, the SAES Group has expanded its business into the advanced material markets, in particular the market of shape memory alloys, a family of materials characterized by super elasticity and by the property of assuming predefined forms when subjected to heat treatment. These special alloys, which today are mainly applied in the biomedical sector, are also perfectly suited to the realization of actuator devices for the industrial sector (domotics, white goods industry, consumer electronics, automotive and luxury sector). More recently, SAES has expanded its business by developing a technological platform that integrates getter materials in a polymeric matrix. These products, initially developed for OLED displays, are currently used in new application sectors, among which implantable medical devices and solid-state diagnostics imaging. Among the new applications, the advanced food packaging is a significantly strategic one, in which SAES is offering a range of new products for sustainable packaging and aims to compete with fully recyclable and compostable solutions. A total production capacity distributed in ten facilities, a worldwide-based sale & service network and over 1,000 employees allow the Group to form a truly global enterprise.
SAES Group is headquartered in the Milan area (Italy). SAES Getters S.p.A. is listed on the Italian Stock Exchange Market, STAR segment, since 1986. More information on the SAES Group is available in the website www.saesgetters.com.