Germ Zapping Robots Keep Hospitals Safe (Forbes)

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With the number of viruses and infections making headlines today, hospitals are increasingly under the microscope around ensuring patient health and safety.

Xenex, a Texas-based company, has recently $25 million in new funding to help development a new type of service robot — a germ-zapping robot that will give hospitals and healthcare facilities the ability to disinfect treatment rooms and clinic areas and remove surface bacteria and viruses like the flu to drug-resistant superbugs.

The germ zapping robot is currently in use in more than 250 hospitals around the country and uses an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system to eliminate bacteria. It’s wifi enabled with instant monitoring and diagnosis and environmentally friendly with no toxic mercury. It kills the bacteria and bugs in five minutes and can disinfect 30-62 hospital, patient, operating and emergency rooms each day.

The investment comes from Dublin-based Brandon Point Industries Limited with ongoing investment from existing investors including Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology Fund II and RK Ventures.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 2,000,000 people in the US contract an infection in hospitals each year, which equates to around $30.5 billion in hospital costs.

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