Manganese X Energy’s (MN.V) wholly-owned subsidiary, Disruptive Battery, and their JV Partner, PureBiotic Air, have received positive preliminary results from their research study, being conducted in conjunction with Virginia State University (VSU).
The study included the successful production of the biofilm required for further research and testing on PureBiotic’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) delivery system which aims to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other contaminants.
“The Team is pleased with the progress of the production of biofilm on various type surfaces that are found in all types of facilities and homes. This initial step should accelerate the required research and testing to document the ability of specific PureBiotics AIR Mist Solutions to deconstruct and remove these biofilm structures. It will create hostile environments that will reduce the risk of pathogenic bacteria and viruses, including the current pathogen of concern around the world, SARS-CoV-2 virus that is causing the COVID-19 pandemic. It should also be noted that biofilm is calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be responsible for some 80% of all infections and it is found on almost all surfaces, including your skin. The company’s ultimate goal is to create a product for FDA certification,” stated Manganese X CEO Martin Kepman.
The initial portion of the study focused on the formation of biofilms on various on different surface materials. Biofilm develops when a group of free-floating microorganisms begin to attach to a surface.
The next portion of the study will document the ability of specific PureBiotics AIR Mist Solutions to deconstruct and remove these biofilm structures down to the bare microscopic level. This deconstruction means the removal of any ‘protective cover’ for pathogenic bacteria or viruses, including – but not limited to – COVID-19.
The improved filtration on HVAC systems also has the added benefit of improving the odor in the facilities in which it has been tested and could save on energy costs.
PureBiotic and Disruptive Battery plan to test various HVAC systems, with the aim of determining if all biofilm growth can be removed. Currently, in addition to COVID-19, there is an assortment of bacteria, viruses, mold, and allergens contained in HVAC systems that could be mitigated through improved filtration.
Improved HVAC filtration has many applications beyond just the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it is important to note that these results are preliminary and they are still in the early stages of the VSU study.
The press release made it clear that “the company is not making any express or implied claim that it has developed a COVID-19 air management solution at this time.”
MN.V’s stock price has moved up slightly following the news
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