The HALO product from PEN Inc. has been shown to be effective in disinfecting surfaces from pathogens and contaminants including the Ebola virus, the company announced Thursday.
The product uses nanotechnology to clean and protect surfaces against contaminants, bacteria and viruses without the use of harsh chemicals and pesticides, It has shown to be effective in neutralizing the threats of surrogates of high-profile viruses at the PEN facility and in independent laboratories.
Viruses include the Human Corona virus, a surrogate of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS); Feline Calicivirus, a surrogate of Ebola; and H1N1 surrogates.
"The recent MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia is yet another example of the serious health issues that stem from the spread of germs and disease by contact," PEN chairman and CEO Scott Rickert said. "Our HALO product addresses this problem without exposing workers and the general public to toxic fumes or caustic chemicals.
"I believe this is the world's first cleaner and fortifier to capitalize on the natural properties of copper ions. People have known for centuries the disease-fighting properties of copper, and this is another application of this natural compound. The HALO product is easy to use and long-lasting -- ideal for use in the hospitality, tourism and travel industries, and anywhere large groups of people are exposed to health risks."
The company specializes in developing and commercializing performance products that are enhanced by nanotechnology.