Breaking News

Kronos Air Purification Technology Eliminates Anthrax, E. Coli Spores (11/21)

Kronos Advanced Technologies, Inc. today announced that a team of senior researchers from the Institute for Veterinary Medicine in the Ukraine, including specialists in immunopathology and bacteriology, found in an independent microbiological trial that the Company's air purification and sterilization technology was able to destroy and sterilize air which had been inseminated with Anthrax, Anthrax spores and E.coli spores. The study will be published in the Herald of Hygiene and Epidemiology, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on biological testing, hygiene and communicable disease.

"The Kronos device has successfully sterilized air contaminated with Bac.anthracis K-79Z (anthrax) and E.coli M-17 (E.coli)," said A.I. Zaviryukha, head of Bacteriology Laboratory, who led the study at the Institute. "We also believe, based on these findings, the Kronos device is capable of sterilizing air that may be contaminated with other microflora, which both produces spores and does not produce spores. Such other microflora can include avian (bird) flu and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome associated corona virus (SARS-CoV)."

"The significance of these findings is that if Kronos is able to rupture the bacterial cell wall and membrane through an electrical field, then it is highly probable that the electrical field could also kill other enveloped viruses," said Dr. Kevin Harris, senior virologist at Koronis Pharmaceuticals, and a member of the American Society of Virology. "Examples of clinically relevant enveloped viruses are Influenza - including Avian (bird) flu, SARS, West Nile Virus, HIV and Hepatitis C Virus, among others."

The Institute's findings come at a time of growing worldwide concern about a potential bird flu pandemic and questions about the ability and availability of vaccines. President Bush has asked Congress for and additional $7.1 billion, which will primarily be used to expedite the production of vaccines and development of anti-virals. However, the approach has drawn criticism from medical leaders and public officials, given the time required to produce vaccines, difficulty in producing a vaccine prior to a pandemic and fact that an influenza strain has many variants which can mutate rapidly, thus making a vaccine that was developed for one strain of a virus, ineffective against another.

"There are obvious and significant implications in these findings for both the U.S. government as well as industry leaders who want to find alternative solutions to vaccines that will enhance protection and prevent the spread of disease - whether it be Avian Flu, SARS or something else," said Daniel R. Dwight, chief Executive officer of Kronos Advanced Technologies. "We are in discussions with a number of industry leaders and have developed prototypes for others."

The airline industry is of particular concern. Industry reports have noted that some carriers lost up to half their business during the SARS outbreak in 2003. Virgin Atlantic Airlines recently announced that it had purchased 10,000 courses of the Tamiflu vaccine and is investigating technologies that will kill germs in anticipation of a pandemic.

Both Dr. Harris and Dr. Zaviryukha have recommended further testing and evaluation of the Kronos technology in the U.S. to determine the technology's complete capability to provide enhanced protection in the event of a potential outbreak of a flu pandemic or a biological attack.

The Kronos technology moves, filters and purifies air by using state-of-the-art high voltage electrodes rather than filters or fans. The technology can be embedded across existing environments, retro-fitted into any existing ventilation system, or built as a standalone product. Since the technology has no moving parts, replacement costs and energy consumption levels are less, which enables residential and commercial buildings that have not installed air filtration systems -- an estimated 85 percent of the total U.S. market, to leverage the technology as well.

Kronos is actively pursuing the commercialization of its technology with leaders in their respective industries. Current strategic partners include leaders in the aircraft, automotive, residential and military markets.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to appliance DESIGN Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

AHAM 2013

The 2013 AHAM show at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.

1/20/15 11:00 am EST

The Manufacture of High-Efficiency Coils with MicroGroove Copper Tubes

Now On-Demand The industry is rapidly moving toward smaller-diameter copper tubes for high efficiency coils in air conditioning and refrigeration applications. Much has been said about the performance advantages and design principles but what about manufacturing?

Appliance Design


2015 May

Check out the May 2015 edition of Appliance Design Magazine for new features!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Topics to Talk About

What topics would you like to see appliance DESIGN cover more?
View Results Poll Archive


The Innovation Solution: Making Innovation More Pervasive, Predictable and Profitable

While others talk about the known innovation problem, The Innovation Solution offers a well researched, logical and holistic understanding of the innovation process, taught for many years at several colleges and Universities.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

ClearSeasWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png

Buyers Guide

december appliance design cover The #1 buying resource for Design Engineers in the Global, Commercial and Medical Appliance/Durable Goods Industry.