Robot Just One Way To Scrub Hospitals of Bacteria
…Ken Trinder is working toward the same result from a different angle.
The idea of a self-sanitizing countertop came to him two years ago at a meeting about investing in bioscience technology.
Trinder, the CEO of EOS Surfaces, learned that an Israeli scientist had developed a way to infuse plastic with the anti-bacterial properties of copper.
He imagined a surface that attacked rather than defended, “basically a health care product, a medical device, that would actively resanitize itself, would kill whatever lands on it within a certain amount of time, and participate in creating a better environment for patients and people around it.”
Working with Richmond-based Cupron Inc., EOS Surfaces created a countertop that, within two hours of being touched by bacteria in moisture, destroys the cell walls of the organisms.
Preliminary tests are promising, Trinder said, and he’s in the process of setting up a clinical trial with hospitals. The company is seeking approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to claim that the product is beneficial to public health. It will be on the market later this year.
“I’m a countertop guy,” Trinder said. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to impact on people’s health.”