What disinfection agent is used?
Mutton: The main biocidal agent is hydrogen peroxide, but we combine it with other chemicals that influence how the overall system works. On the one hand, they enhance the biocidal capability of hydrogen peroxide which is already a very effective disinfectant. On the other hand, they help create a high-quality mist with extremely fine droplets that reach all areas.
Those are the two components that make a disinfection solution like ours effective as a whole: a good distribution and a highly effective bio-decontaminating agent.
What are advantages and limitations?
Mutton: The major disadvantage is that it needs some time to work. Decontamination takes at least 30 minutes. Compared to technologies which do not make use of consumables, it is a bit slower. But in our experience, those technologies do not have the same degree of pervasiveness as they do not reach every place in the room evenly. Though not toxic, our disinfectant is considered irritant, therefore, similarly to all no-touch technologies, the treatment takes place with no people present in the treated environment.
The clear advantage is its high efficacy (from preventive to remedial), the safety (for both operators and surfaces), the ease of use, the portability, and the cost effectiveness.
To what extent does it work against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2?
Mutton: We have tested our system in South America in the summer, when there was winter in the southern hemisphere. At that time, the virus was harder to find here in Europe. The conditions under which we conducted the test were particularly probing, because we managed to eradicate live virus from a moistened surface. Even under those conditions, we still eliminated more than 99.5 percent of living coronavirus.
What has changed through the pandemic for your company?
Mutton: Businesswise, it has been our strongest year so far. But it also allowed us to raise awareness on the issue of quality disinfection of surfaces. Having well-disinfected surfaces is a mission-critical goal to achieve in a number of economic sectors – not only healthcare but also industries where you cannot afford to deliver contaminated items to the public. The current coronavirus pandemic really shows how important quality disinfection of surfaces is.
Did this situation trigger any new solutions or new ideas?
Mutton: We will introduce gradual improvements to the Micro-Nebulizer in the coming months. We will also introduce technologies to better control the disinfection process; to carefully monitor the actual disinfection when it takes place.
What do you expect from your participation at virtual.MEDICA 2020?
Mutton: I think there will be greater awareness for high-quality disinfection from the part of attendees. We are confident that our technology can help everybody everywhere. So, we hope to enlarge our current group of distributors who deliver our product throughout the world.