DSU startup company merges into UV360

UV360, a startup between two companies, uses UVC lamps to combat germs. It is located in the North Plaza. Photo by Misha Mosiichuk.

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The rise in outbreaks of COVID-19 has caused people to be in hysteria when it comes to disinfecting themselves, their loved ones and their household.

The FDA has been on top of guiding US citizens with ways they can stay safe. One solution for disinfection is UV sterilization with UVC lamps.

Steribin and Vioguard were two companies created to combat the spread of germs using this method. Recently a merger between the two UV disinfection companies was created under the name UV360. Its mission is: “to provide protection and peace of mind with the power of UV Light.”

Why did the merger take place? CEO of Steribin, Jon Cole, said: “When the leadership of both companies discussed the opportunity, it was seen as a mutual benefit to strengthen the companies and their long-term visions. As a combined group, we are able to better support our clients through our expanded product portfolio.”

Steribin started as a local incubator at the Atwood Innovation Plaza in 2018. What were the key secrets to the startup?

Kyle Wells, dean for college of business, said: “The secret to most startups is timing, and the timing was perfect for Steribin.”

He said it was convenient for them to have started right before the pandemic, especially when now all we think about is germs.

Cole said the company thrived during its time at the Atwood Innovation Plaza and plans on continuing to support the local innovation atmosphere inside the AIP.

Steribin’s goal was to eradicate the severe contamination problem inside airport security bins. These bins were found to be 18 times more contaminated than airport toilets. The solution: use ultraviolet sterilization.

For UV sterilization to occur, scientists use UVC energy waves, which have a high enough energy to kill off microorganisms. This includes any type of virus or bacteria. It has proven effective against foodborne pathogens, molds and yeasts. It is easy to use and no chemical residue is left behind.

However, just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s safe. Studies have shown UVC light is dangerous for humans. This requires higher safety standards. UVC lamps and protective shields are most often used when performing this procedure. The FDA recommends avoiding direct exposure and contact especially with skin and eyes.

What does the future look like for a company like this? Cole said: “UV360 aims to be an innovative solutions provider to solve difficult disinfection challenges across an array of industries, such as hospitals, food processing, and airport security. In addition, we will continue development on several new products that have yet to be announced.

Cole will continue to head the company moving forward and said: “With more than 16 years of combined experience in UV disinfection, our skills can increase safety and reduce the spread of illness.”