Five “made in France” technologies to fight Covid-19

Posted on Dec 10, 2019 2021 at 21:19Updated Dec 10, 2019 2021 at 21:57

The Committee of French Industries for the Fight against Covid, formed this year, brings together some twenty providers of solutions in the fight against the virus. These technologies are certified by the NF S90-700 standard, which aims to measure the bactericidal activity of non-porous surfaces in a context close to ambient conditions. Here are some innovations aimed at supplementing vaccine measures and barrier gestures.

Disinfectant paint

The Lyon-based company Virus Protect launched in March 2021 a permanent disinfection solution, effective against SARS-CoV-2. PhotoActive is a persistent antimicrobial product that guarantees permanent disinfection of treated surfaces for one year. Presented in the form of a liquid which is applied to surfaces with a spray, a wipe soaked or by electrostatic gun for large volumes, PhotoActive can disinfect in a single pass all surfaces of business premises, restaurants , shops, public transport. Virus Protect has clients in France but also in Dubai, Panama, Japan and the United States.

Tested for twelve months on tourist boats in Venice, the “Vaporetti”, the technology has proven its worth. Analyzes of biological measurements have shown that the treated surfaces (chairs, armrests, handrails, door handles) kept hygiene at the same level as hospitals, i.e. virtually no microbiology, unlike the untreated bow cabin.

For the past few weeks, the SME of around ten employees has been marketing PhotoActive Wash for the general public. The product, poured into the washing machine, helps protect the textile against viruses such as Covid-19.

Wastewater test

The Marseille-based SME C4Diagnostics specializes in the development of in vitro diagnostic tests for human infectious diseases. She has developed a SARS-CoV-2 saliva test that can be used outside of a laboratory and shows a result in thirty minutes. In addition, environmental sampling kits make it possible to analyze a building’s wastewater. “In order to avoid doing daily tests, this system makes it possible to identify whether a person is positive, even asymptomatic in an nursing home, a cruise ship or in a hotel complex, as we do in Thailand”, describes Younes Lazrak, president and co-founder of C4Diagnostics. After analyzing the water, surface tests are carried out to refine the searches and find the infected person. With a turnover of 2.5 million euros in 2020, the company noticed an increase in 2021 of its sales abroad which should increase in 2022 to represent 70% of its turnover. .

UV in the air conditioning

The Genmatech company, created in 2020 and based in Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine) proposes to use ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus by acting directly on DNA and / or RNA. Thanks to the power of UVC emitters, the microbial action allows a minimum destruction of 99.9% of microorganisms without the use of chemicals. Steril-Aire UVC lamps are directly integrated into the air conditioning, ventilation and heating systems of office buildings. The products are distributed in France and in Europe. The young company counts Sodexo and AccorInvest among its clients.

Purificateur spatial

The House of Water and Air, a TPE of 5 employees based in Angers, markets an air purifier that eliminates bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces. Certified by NASA, ActivePure is the only space technology that works to continuously clean premises 24 hours a day, even in the presence of staff. The company has been actively prospecting since the Covid-19 crisis to offer its products. Among its clients, it counts nurseries, canteens, colleges and local communities.

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