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NoviSphere in the New Year

Pathogen eradication for 2021 and beyond

By Paul Lockhart, CEO

2021: the year the world is expecting advanced technology, innovations, vaccines, and personal and social hygiene to overcome the pandemic challenge of 2020. Exactly one year ago, our team had been hard at work for several months developing a roadmap for what was to become NoviSphere – a company well positioned to provide complete rarified environments, battle viral and bacterial pathogens, deliver pure air for any occupied space, and, ultimately, to meet the coronavirus challenge. We’re ready for NoviSphere to be a part of the global community’s solution to COVID-19.

When the pandemic appeared as a minor news article in January 2020, our NoviSphere team was completing our pathogen-eradication system: a germicidal 254nm ultraviolet (UV-C) light system combined with proprietary technology that optimally exposes airborne contaminants to the UV-C light to ensure their destruction. UV-C light is a proven technology that has been recommended by the CDC as a method to reduce the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19. And, unlike other technologies, this “direct kill” approach completely eliminates the pathogens.

By February, when COVID-19 became the dominant news topic, we knew dedicated, objective testing of our NoviSphere PE-254 was necessary to gain the public’s trust. After all, COVID-19 was proven to be elusive and deadly; therefore, we went where experts in pathogens and aerosol science can do their best work – the University of Minnesota. In a highly regulated and advanced laboratory, U of M researchers tested our PE-254 prototype against a COVID-19 surrogate strain. Their results confirmed that NO live viruses were found in air exiting the NoviSphere PE-254, validating the unit as being 99.99% effective.

With this knowledge and the U of M test results under our belt, we launched NoviSphere and our PE 254 air-purification system in November 2020. We truly believe it is the best, most thorough pathogen-elimination offering on the market, and we are seeing heightened interest from companies and organizations around the world. We are excitedly setting goals for 2021 to bring a suite of new clean air innovations to public and private workspaces. Here are some examples:

  • First and foremost, we are excited about the opportunities our pathogen-eradication system presents to help get life back to normal in many different environments, such as healthcare facilities, schools, retail settings, restaurants, and sports venues, just to name a few. We designed the unit specifically to make UV-C technology safe for use in high-traffic areas.
  • We look forward to engaging with customers to install the NoviSphere PE 254 in these spaces so that workers and visitors can know they are constantly breathing clean, fresh air. We will be expanding on these and other sites that can benefit from the technology in future posts; for example, recently we took a look at shopping malls.
  • We are also focused on an ongoing educational effort. With the development and deployment of vaccines, there is much to be optimistic about regarding eventually curtailing the COVID-19 virus. However, the consensus is that more global pandemics are a virtual certainty, and we are committed to helping preclude the spread of future viruses and airborne illnesses. Another of our key goals, therefore, is to build awareness that maintaining clean indoor air is of vital importance – not just today but going forward.

Later this year, we plan to introduce our next product. Our COO Joe Cestari, in a prior post, provided his insights and a preview of our dynamic plans. Currently in development, our next offering will allow us to make significant inroads to improving global health and safety by providing rarified environments for all spaces where people live and work. This larger vision is what fuels and motivates our team – our collective experience has given us a new perspective into the importance of having access to clean, pure air 24/7. We are excited to have the means and opportunity to make this a reality so that you can breathe easy and stay safe, no matter where you are.


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Safe to Go Back? Fixing Shopping Malls’ Indoor Air Quality Problem

By NoviSphere™ Staff

COVID-19 has made 2020 a year that most will not be sorry to see end. While fast-tracked vaccines are currently being rolled out, offering hope for some return to normalcy, scientists agree that this will not be the last global pandemic. Clean, pure air must be a top priority if we are to prevent the spread of future viruses and other airborne illnesses.

This raises an issue that many of us likely hadn’t thought about too much in the “old days”: the overall air quality of high-traffic public areas such as malls, restaurants, theaters and sports arenas, to name a few. It turns out, for most of these settings, their air quality is problematic. This post is the first in a series that will examine the challenges associated with some of these venues and how NoviSphere addresses them.

Poor indoor air quality is changing consumers’ shopping preferences

Due to the pandemic, this holiday season looks very different for everyone. Many retailers and providers of shipping services predict it will be the largest online shopping holiday season in history, with fewer consumers going out physically to shop than ever before. Small wonder, as it turns out that malls top the list of places with the worst indoor air quality, according to the nonprofit site Environmental Pollution Centers.

Many malls house businesses that can generate high levels of harmful particulates, such as dry cleaners, food courts, salons and paint stores, and the buildings’ ventilation systems typically pull in dust, smoke and pollen from outside air. Further compounding this, we now realize the additional hazards posed by germs – i.e., potential pathogens – expelled into the air by shoppers and store employees in highly crowded conditions. Doesn’t sound like the fun day of shopping you might have in mind?

A new approach to indoor air quality is here

What will it take to convince consumers to step through the mall doors again? How can they be convinced that retail environments are no longer at the top of the worst indoor air quality list? For many, knowing they’re breathing a continuous supply of clean, fresh air will be the tipping point. NoviSphere can make this happen by putting in place rarified-air environments that keep you safe and decrease the spread of airborne illnesses. The NoviSphere™ PE 254 system continuously circulates air through the unit, which contains proprietary baffling technology to entrap pathogens and an array of germicidal 254-nm ultraviolet (UV-C) lights to kill them. This “kill zone” is fully sealed within the system, so it’s completely safe ­– and effective – for use in heavily trafficked locations like malls. The NoviSphere PE 254 runs 24/7 to ensure a safe, pathogen-free shopping environment through COVID-19 and beyond.

We look forward to working with retailers to integrate the NoviSphere PE 254 – as well as future NoviSphere technology offerings – into their venues. Our goal is to help the world get “back to normal” so that people can be out and about, enjoying the holiday shopping season as soon as possible, knowing that they’re protected from airborne pathogens. And the next pandemic? We look forward to helping stop it in its tracks.


A New Approach to Clean Environments

By Joe Cestari, Chief Operating Officer, NoviSphere

I’ve always been fascinated by technology and its ability to positively impact people’s quality of life. After earning my engineering degree, I was drawn to tech companies with this same focus and objective. Along the way, I became very interested in the holistic approach to the supply chain: building an ecosystem that establishes the most efficient and effective way to design, manufacture, and supply products and services for life-science or microelectronics products that can help solve world problems is highly valuable to me.

This interest has come into play in various positions I’ve held, and it ultimately led to my becoming part of NoviSphere. The notion for creating a new kind of company focused on clean air and environments came about several years ago – long before the Covid-19 pandemic erupted. At the time, while I was an advisor for Integrated Engineering Services (IES), I met up with Paul Jenkins, the founder and CEO of Bancroft Architects & Engineers (BAE), and Phil Lasarsky, CFO of BAE. Paul founded Bancroft in 2009 to design and engineer world-class health-care facilities for veterans. We began to talk about developing ultraclean environments, something that Paul had also discussed with former NASA astronaut Paul Lockhart, who also had a strong interest in the subject based on his own background and experience. This shared mindset was the germ of the idea that evolved into NoviSphere, of which Paul Lockhart became CEO.

Currently, the market for clean environments is highly fragmented. Companies that need to build and operate them face a long road of designing, subcontracting, and tapping multiple resources to integrate a solution that meets their needs. Our vision is for NoviSphere to become a true single source for creating highly rarified environments. As a turnkey provider of design, integration, autonomous monitoring and sustainment services, we’ll eliminate customers’ need to hire separate companies for each of these steps. Instead, our team will consult with them to develop and manage their projects from end to end, using a standard offering of products or one customized for their specific application. When complete, they will have an environment certified to deliver ultraclean, particulate- and pathogen-free air.

We intend to achieve this vision within five years, and we have a plan in place to ensure that we get there – starting with our first product, which we rolled out last week with the public launch of the company. NoviSphere™ PE 254 is our proprietary system that uses 254nm germicidal UV-C light sealed inside the unit to kill up to 99.99% of airborne viruses, bacteria and mold spores, continuously monitoring and changing room air up to four times an hour. Our system doesn’t just trap pathogens, it eradicates them, and it keeps the air circulating better than any other product that I’ve seen.

We took a holistic approach to designing NoviSphere PE 254 to ensure that we could deliver the best technology with the highest integrity, while never losing sight of how the product fits into our larger vision. To confirm that it could do what we needed it to, we enlisted the University of Minnesota to conduct independent tests, which verified that 99.99% eradication figure, and we’re proud to be able to stand behind those testing results. Moreover, we expect further testing in the coming year to validate NoviSphere PE 254’s effectiveness to 99.9999999%, or 1 part per billion. This will be a huge benefit for customers – even a 0.0001% failure rate sounds small, but with a lethal virus load, it’s more than enough to be fatal.

It’s exciting to be part of a company that is making this kind of game-changing technology available. Even more gratifying for me personally is the opportunity to participate in helping bring to life complete rarified environments that help keep people healthy and safe. Our next offering, which we look forward to sharing with you in the coming year, will take us further toward this goal. While ambitious, it’s one we’re confident we can bring to fruition, thanks to the talents and abilities of NoviSphere’s team of engineering, management and marketing experts.