USAID grant to help fund static-disinfectant research

SPR Advanced Technologies said Thursday that it will be refining and testing its method of disinfecting affected surfaces by using electrostatic fields with grant funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The technology utilizes naturally occurring electrical charges to activate static electricity that can kill most bacterial and viral agents. The company said this technique can be used to prevent infection in pre-treatment areas and on personal protective equipment and garments.

“We are honored by this award from USAID,” SPR CEO Jeffrey Horine said. “Our team is flattered that such a prestigious panel of experts recognizes that the technology platform developed by Dr. Henry Malak, our chief technology officer, has the potential to enable United States health care workers to do their important work more effectively, with the knowledge they are protected by SPR’s barrier technology.”

USAID is responsible for administering foreign aid from civilian organizations and companies. With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it has played a crucial role in the U.S. relief effort.

This method of disinfection was developed with the support of two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company also has strong partnerships with Holland & Knight, a global law firm, and the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories.