Richmond Firm Helps Develop Germ-Fighting Countertop
by Eleanor Kennedy
August 20, 2012
Imagine a countertop that kills infection-causing bacteria and viruses on its own — forever.
Copper ions, the core of Cupron’s technology, fight bacterial and viral cells. According to the company, surfaces and fabrics using the Cupron technology will maintain their microbe-fighting power forever.
Rocheleau and Trinder said they are waiting for final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to market the health-promoting claims. But they say all 14,000 samples they presented to the agency “passed very easily.”
“We are expecting to get formal certification within the next couple of months,” Rocheleau said.
The goal, he said, is to implement the germ-cleaning countertop technology in medical centers across the country. Doing so will help prevent hospital-acquired infections and germs, a major health issue worldwide.
“What we’re trying to do is, frankly, to stop the pathogens in their tracks,” Rocheleau said.
Both executives hope to sell the countertops to businesses in the hospitality industry, including hotels and restaurants.
Trinder said the partnership’s focus is twofold: They want to make money, but they also want to promote health.
“We also feel like this can be very impactful,” he said, “and keep some people healthy that would otherwise have gotten sick.”