Hungarian company Resysten says it's come up with an antibacterial coating product effective in the killing of pathogens on surfaces.
The coating "has a proven lasting effect of up to one year and is a non-biocide solution that allows surfaces to be cleaned without the product being wiped off, and is activated by light" according to the announcement.
A range of public and private sector clients in Hungary have implemented the product over the last six years, including Audi, Metro stores, T-Mobile, Arriva Hungary, Budapest’s International Airport, the city’s public transport network and the country’s public health system, placing Resysten across the nation’s hospitals.
The company believes that its product can help in the current worldwide health and socio-economic crisis. "Many industries are experiencing a long-term impact with little indication on when things will be able to get back to normal, as we await the development of an effective vaccine or drugs that can adequately and effectively treat Covid-19," a company statement sums it up.
The product was developed in response to SARS in 2003, as a way to combat Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). Therefore, Resysten is confident that it has the "most advanced photocatalytic hygienic coating technology in the world today" at its disposal.
"Photocatalytic coating essentially means that it is activated by light – the sprayed solution, upon contact with light, produces hydrogen peroxide which prevents the presence of pathogens on a surface," the statement continues.
The coating system has been developed to integrate into any surface on a molecular level, which means it cannot be removed by conventional cleaning methods which allows it to remain active continuously for up to a year.
Resysten also provides a technical team that will apply the product, as the coating needs to be applied correctly in order for it to work.
Company CEO Shajjad Rizvi MBE commented: "As our product was developed in response to the global SARS epidemic of 2003 (caused by a similar coronavirus to the one that has now resulted in the Covid-19 pandemic), our priority rapidly shifted towards testing its capacity against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces, with the results so far speaking for themselves.
"Our goal is now is to take Resysten globally to help public and private institutions (including some of the world’s most threatened industries) in their fight to stop the spread of the virus, as the world continues to work on finding an effective vaccine and better treatments to take care of those already infected.”
To date, by its own admission, the company has treated a total 150,000 square meters of surfaces, including all 27km of the escalator handrail in Budapest’s Metro and over 700 vehicles.
"Certified ATP tests have shown that on treated surfaces, the coating has reduced the existence of pathogens by an average of 85%-93%," the statement concludes.
Case studies can be found here. More information on the company homepage.