GermFalcon Strikes a Deal with Honeywell to Sell, Produce Its Anti-Viral 'Drink Cart' For Cleaning Airplanes
Industrial conglomerate Honeywell International snapped up the rights to produce, advertise and sell Long Beach-based Dimer's anti-viral UV-C light machine, the GermFalcon, in a licensing partnership agreement announced on Wednesday.
Created by Elliot Kreitenberg and his father, orthopedic surgeon Arthur Kreitnberg, in their garage seven years ago, the GermFalcon can sanitize a midsize airplane cabin full of germs in about 10 minutes and is being billed as an antidote in the age of COVID-19.
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- Curative signs pact With Air Force to deploy COVID-19 tests
- Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit gets FDA approval on new ventilator design
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Curative signs pact With Air Force to deploy COVID-19 tests<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg5Nzc5Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5Nzg5NTg2Mn0.2LovX5Ia-nKfKXWfEugd634OgIWe6nSOKsj_Mu8eoxQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="ea7d3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a1b61168d134747d273670bc08c7e070" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>COVID-19 testing startup Curative and aerospace accelerator Gothams have signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to deploy its <u><a href="https://dot.la/coronavirus-test-curative-inc-2645747239.html" target="_blank" title="FDA-a">FDA-a</a><a href="https://www.globenewswire.com/Tracker?data=gQ9k5PtURAwBI-Yb8oAw7r0mW7c67kqqpfPE-O3u2I-y0_EG33pPZtUFv15pUKKylPUFqDtn9MgOzvMwlJbA9YgZZPc81f6Hs1KNZfXfEQMuGuI5GFFsUPRHms4XyZwnZ6n2SMrVeaBzJ5PP4NrMy30bSKJC3nHk62aHxCwcIPDRf01id742-9DuU_WoAX-PSWlKitB_f56RxwGdk2I1-CNe1Vt8Il4eYToxX-Q4Mm3o1FkQPMJ75I_JBrtqfYWt" target="_blank" title="uthorized oral fluid tests">uthorized oral fluid tests</a></u> and comprehensive testing service to military personnel around the world. </p><p>"Broad testing is critical to our nation's ability to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, maintain operational readiness and restart the American economy," the companies said in a statement. </p><p>In this initial agreement, Curative will rapidly establish a new laboratory facility, fully operational this week, which will process up to 50,000 tests per day for the presence of COVID-19. In future phases of this agreement, Curative will establish eight testing locations across the U.S. to support testing for the U.S. population.</p><p>Curative has processed 75,000 tests amounting to about 20% of those administered in California, according to a spokesperson for the company. </p><p>Turner set up shop in a San Dimas lab in March and became an unsung hero in the battle to combat coronavirus in Southern California when he turned the focus of his company, originally meant to detect sepsis, to the pandemic. As part of this agreement with the Air Force, each Curative lab will have a daily capacity to examine 50,000 tests per day. Currently Curative has the capacity to scale to a network of 10 labs across the country for a total of 500,000 tests per day.</p>
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As the states of California, Oregon and Washington begin strategizing on their regional plan to re-open their economies and control the future spread of COVID-19, a crucial question remains: How can businesses ensure their employees remain virus-free now and in the future?
For the thousands of western U.S. businesses seeking to safely bring their employees back to work, and tens of thousands of residents who desperately want and need to return to their jobs, a robust supply of COVID-19 tests, coupled with a systematic COVID-19 testing strategy supported by evidence-based guidelines will be key to success.
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