Smart Separations Crowdfunding and Innovate UK Success

Smart Separations is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a £50K grant by the IUK Business Led Innovation in Response to Global Disruption. The funding was provided through the Government’s modern industrial strategy by UK Research and Innovation. This funding will allow SSL to complete the safety and antimicrobial efficacy tests of innovative products and solutions coated with SSL´s Virateq™ nanocoating, such as “Gino” , their newly launched personal air sanitiser. These additional tests will be essential to bring to market this new device that destroys coronavirus and other pathogens in the air, helping to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in society and national economy. 
 
 
Successfully funded on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform this past month - Gino is a personal air sanitiser, designed to eliminate more than 99.9999% of microbes in a single air pass and at the lowest running cost. Gino relies on its ceramic washable filter, which is coated with ViraTeq TM.  When the harmful air comes into contact with the filter, the microbes burst like balloons burst when they touch a cactus. The filter should last for more than 5 years with no need of replacement.  The Virateq™ nano coating has been tested and proven by independent labs not only to destroy beta coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 and human coronavirus 229E, but also other viruses, bacteria and fungi in seconds. It can be deployed on multiple surfaces, from wood, metal, textiles and ceramic air filters. This coating technology will be particularly useful in places with a high density of people where the risk of transmission through surface contact and air is high, such as: schools, hospitals, care homes, public transports, retail spaces, leisure facilities, offices and factories.
 
Smart Separations is led by a diverse team of scientists, experts in biotechnology, design, chemistry, material science and microfiltration and backed by a Scientific Advisory Board, which consists of a group of industry leaders and distinguished academics, providing insight and recommendations to help direct the work we do. This grant encourages SSL to continue to work in the development of revolutionary products that will make their mark in society as a whole. By actively partnering with prestigious organisations, such as the IUK - Smart Separations receives both support and further recognition in its commitment to being scientifically rigorous.  "At such challenging times for SMEs, continuing to receive the support from Innovate UK is such a great honour,” says Hugo Macedo, Founder and CEO of Smart Separations. “The only way to tackle this Pandemic is by tapping into the unexplored, by challenging the status quo - and that's exactly what we are committed to do” he continued. “We would like to express a big thank you for your support in this crucial project as we together take action to tackle Coronavirus!"
 
About Smart Separations
 
Smart Separations was founded in 2013 by research scientist Hugo Macedo to develop a new microfiltration platform using its patented ceramic membrane. Now partnered with the University of
Surrey, it has grown to a team of 25, aligned behind a mission to improve quality of life through innovation. Its accolades include the i3S Health Prize 2020, the Rushlight Clean Environment
Award and The Guardian’s Startup of the Year and has won grant funding through Horizon 2020, Portugal PT2020 and Innovate UK.
 
About UK Research and Innovation
 
UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and the government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. For more information visit www.ukri.org Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, invests up to £20 million in innovation projects. The aim of the Business-led innovation in response to global disruption was to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. By fast-tracking innovation, the UK will be better placed to maintain employment levels, a competitive position in global markets and make the UK more resilient to similar disruption.
 
For more information about Smart Separations, and their projects please visit: www.smartseparations.com

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