The company's initial commercial product is NoviSphere PE 254 with a patent-pending design that uses germicidal (254 nm) UV-C lamps, fully contained and sealed inside the unit
NoviSphere, a developer of comprehensive rarified-environment solutions has officially launched. Using scientifically proven short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) pathogen-eradication systems and additional cleanroom technologies, NoviSphere delivers ultraclean, protected environments that promote health and safety.
The company's initial commercial product is NoviSphere PE 254, a cost-effective, high-performance UV pathogen-eradication system that delivers the highest possible degree of cleanliness to any environment.
Its patent-pending design uses germicidal (254 nm) UV-C lamps, fully contained and sealed inside the unit, and proprietary baffling technology to kill up to 99.99% of airborne viruses, bacteria and mould spores. The system continuously removes all pathogens safely and reliably using a variable speed control, providing up to four complete air changes per hour in an average room.
UV-C light works to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA
The compact system can be used in virtually any large public setting, including, but not limited to, hospitals, schools, warehouses, manufacturing plants, hospitality, mass transit centres, sports facilities, and industrial and commercial settings.
NoviSphere PE 254's effectiveness has been scientifically validated through extensive independent testing conducted at the University of Minnesota.
The results confirmed it eradicated 99.99% of an aerosol coronavirus strain - specifically, HuCov229E, a single-stranded RNA virus similar to COVID-19 that causes respiratory illnesses in humans. Testing on the COVID-19 virus will occur when cultures are available in the scientific community. Additionally, further testing is planned in 2021 to verify 99.9999999% eradication (1 part per billion, or ppb).
Long used to disinfect air and environments, UV-C light works to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA.
According to Chris Hogan from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Minnesota, "Intense UV-C light has a proven track record of virus inactivation in aerosols. Published papers in Aerosol Science & Technology show it is particularly effective against single-stranded RNA viruses. Coronaviruses - and more specifically, SARS-CoV-2 - are single-stranded RNA viruses and would be highly susceptible to UV-C activation. Sealed, ducted UV-C sources with flow rates above 10 CFM are an effective approach."
The NoviSphere leadership team, helmed by CEO Paul Lockhart, has a combined 100 years of experience bringing the most advanced solutions to consumers through space technologies, laboratory cleanrooms, biological eradication, consumer product design, retail, and now, eradication of viral contaminants. This highly experienced roster of experts is working together to drive NoviSphere's growth and product development.
"As a former astronaut entrusted with some of our nation's most critical assets, I can think of no endeavor more important than what we are embarking on at NoviSphere," said Lockhart.