what robot germ-zapping designed to kill coronavirus will succeed
As doctors continue to debate how fast-spreading coronavirus rose to pandemic level, a texas medical engineering company claims their $125,000 “germ-zapping” robot may be our best hope on the front lines against the invisible enemy.
San Antonio-based Xenex developed a robot that tracks.disinfects and collects data on hospital-acquired infection. Now, the company hopes it’s light strike robot, a “full germicidal spectrum” UV light smart cleaning device, will be used to combat COVID-19.
The autonomous tech is already being used in some of the world’s best hospitals, including health-care facilities for the Department of the defense. and this week, independent Texas Biomedical Research Institute announced that Xenex’s latest both can deactivate 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2 in just two minutes.
in 2015, the lab shared similar praise, claiming the light strike killed Ebola in just 60 seconds.
“Out robots have been adopted as the environmental standard of care by many of the world’s leading hospitals because they work- and they work very quickly, ” said Dr. Mark Stibich, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Xenex in a statement.
we wanted our current and future customers to know with certainty that their pulses xenon UV robots could stop COVID-19, Stibich said.
Xenex was founded by two former Johns Hopkins epidemiologists in 2009, Stibich and Julie Stachowiak. unlike similar infraction-blastic bots, their innovation was proven to reduce certain infection rates by up to 100 percent, based on studies published in journals including the American Journal of infection control.
Whereas similar companies use pulsed Mercury UC devices, Xenex touts their unique pulsed xenon UV technology, which is more efficient and environmentally friendly than the former method, company’s CEO Morris Miller told CrunchBase News last month.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, Miller said they receive “hundreds” of requests for their costly robot, namely from Italy as well as countries in Asia.
“we’ve been working save days a week for the last three to four weeks, ” Miller said. “in addition, we’ve seen an increase in orders from existing hospitals for robot for their emergency rooms.”
Xenex is now looking to fulfill bulk orders “in the thousands, ” he added, and projects growth in 2020 to be somewhere between 400 and 600 percent.
Despite striker shock, the company estimates that the $125,000 price tag breaks down to just $2 to $8 per room. And the cost wasn’t too much for a number of big names hospitals, including the University of Texas MD Anderson cancer center, the mayo clinic health system, Stanford University, 55 veterans affairs(VA) facilities, and 10 DOD health-care buildings, according to the Xenex. The company reports that the LightStrike was also sent to countries almost every continent.
Earlier this year, the spike in sales— thanks to the pandemic— promoted the company’s VP of sales Irena Hahn to email a Sumber Memo to her colleagues, according to Forbes.
“At any other time, we celebrate this wins, ” she said, ” However, in light of what is happening, which one is different…we are absolutely humbled.