The testing was spearheaded by Dr. Paul Westerhoff, ASU Regents Professor and Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, in active collaboration with Dr. Morteza Abbaszadegan, a Professor of Environmental Microbiology and Engineering in ASU's School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.
FREMONT, CA: Galileo Group, an advanced technology company specializing in remote sensing services, has tested and given a demonstration of live virus and bacteria destruction in a controlled lab setting utilizing key ingredienets of its patented ARMADA smartphone LED system. This advanced approach is designed for surface-based bacteria and virus deactivation using only proprietary Galileo sensors and technology integrated or attached to an average tablet or smartphone.
Arizona State University (ASU) scientists, working with the Galileo Group team, performed the testing on bacteria and viruses in an ASU Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building biohazard lab. Provided the results in this initial trial, the scientists are now moving to build upon these results against the live human coronavirus in the next round of validation testing, which is expected to take place in early November. This validation study resulys are expected in December.
The testing was spearheaded by Dr. Paul Westerhoff, ASU Regents Professor and Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, in active collaboration with Dr. Morteza Abbaszadegan, a Professor of Environmental Microbiology and Engineering in ASU's School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Galileo Research Director Dr. Thorsten Mewes led the overall experiment design as well as management for the conversion of ARMADA to an ultraviolent disinfectant configuration. Galileo advisor Dr. Jim Grichnik offered scientific and medical input.
"Relevance for our times," stated Michael Barnes, Galileo Group CEO and lead inventor. "We take the fight forward and apply the math of disinfection higher up the contact chain to flatten the virus contagion spread using this technology. This approach works particularly well in close-quarters environments where added mitigation measures have high impact on health security and the bottom line. With continued testing as we have planned and are doing, the concept of a mass deployable system is amazing. Grounded in testing, we now believe we can produce this capability in the palm of your hand using just your smartphone or tablet and a few LEDS. If this is indeed the case this technological advancement will be game changing in helping each and every person with an ARMADA UV-C mobile device to attack and destroy virus and help stop the spread of the virus."