Molekule's PECO Air Purification Technology Effectively Captures and Destroys SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus, New Study Shows
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Molekule, the global leader in reinventing air purification, today announced test results in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience, which demonstrate its PECO air purification technology's success in removing 99.98% of the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2 from the air, and total destruction rates exceeding 99%. These results are from a multiple pass chamber test and swatch level test, respectively. The multiple pass chamber test utilized an Air Mini device in a small chamber with a single injection of virus aerosol, and the swatch level test used PECO filter media. These results build on other peer-reviewed and published validation of Molekule's proprietary PECO technology from the University of Minnesota, in which the company demonstrated the inactivation of coronavirus strains (bovine and porcine) and the H1N1 flu virus.
"My team's testing focused on determining Molekule's ability to capture and destroy SARS-CoV-2, specifically the strain isolated from Wisconsin," said Dr. Siddappa Byrareddy, a Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the lead researcher on this study.
PECO technology, which stands for Photo Electrochemical Oxidation, utilizes free radicals to destroy organic material in the air at a molecular level, such as viruses, bacteria, mold, chemicals (VOCs) and more. It has been tested and validated by a multitude of third party labs, all of which can be reviewed on Molekule's website here. Most recently, the company also announced the FDA clearance of its Air Pro device for medical use for the destruction of viruses, bacteria and mold, following previous FDA clearance for Air Mini, Air Mini+, and Ar Pro RX for medical use for the destruction of viruses and bacteria.*
"As we face a new wave of the COVID-19 crisis, it's become increasingly clear that cleaner indoor air is a central concern during the pandemic," says Jonathan Harris, CEO of Molekule. "Air purification technology has provided an extra layer of protection, and the testing results from the University of Nebraska demonstrate just how effective Molekule's PECO technology is at both capturing and destroying coronaviruses at a molecular level. Much like our recent FDA clearances for several of our devices, this testing only further validates our work to help provide clean indoor air to our customers."
*Although the FDA clearances do not apply specifically to SARS-CoV-2, Molekule's devices satisfy the criteria established in the FDA's non-enforcement guidance for air purifier use in connection with SARS-CoV-2.
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