Their interest in participating in the NGen program is directed at finding a suitable partner with whom to marry their surface (and possibly air) disinfection capabilities and expertise with a company specializing in robotics and sensor technologies to jointly develop a disinfection device aimed at sanitizing public and private spaces such as airplanes, passenger cars, hospitals, medical offices, schools, retail locations, etc.
Started in 2014, Acuva is a world-leading designer and marketer of air, surface, and water disinfection products and technologies. Initially formed under the “Hatch” incubator program at the University of British Columbia, Acuva still maintains strong ties with the university. Its Chief Technology Officer (and a co-founder) is Dr. Fariborz Taghipour, a recognized global expert in UV-LED disinfection technologies. Dr. Taghipour continues to split his time between serving UBC as a Professor of Ph.D. candidate Chemical and Biological Engineers, as well as leading Acuva’s ongoing R&D team and effort.
While prior to 2020, Acuva’s primary focus had been on developing and commercializing UV-LED based water disinfection products, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last Spring, it shifted some of that focus to developing a line of surface- and air-based disinfection products and technologies, including the recently launched Solarix UV-LED handheld disinfecting wand, as well as other products to be announced in 2021.
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