Monday, May 20, 2024

Sharp Workspace Procat photocatalyst found effective against SARS- CoV-2

SHARP Business Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of SHARP Corporation Japan, known worldwide for its unique technology products and solutions, today announced a significant breakthrough achieved by Sharp’s Workspace Procat, a disinfect coating solution. Sharp’s new offering has been found effective against SARS-CoV-2 (Omicron variant), reducing the virus count to a non-detectable level within eight hours of exposure to visible light. Launched in 2022, Sharp’s Photocatalytic environment hygiene solution today serves the workspace protection and hygiene needs, utilized across a diverse set of Corporates and institutions. 

As per the test conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, the virucidal activity of Sharp Workspace Procat photocatalyst solution was measured by plaque assay in a BSL3 Lab setup at the Centre for Infectious Disease and Biosafety Lab. Following the scientific methodology, a reduction in Omicron virus titer by 95.86% was witnessed when exposed to a tungsten trioxide-coated plate kept under ~1000 LUX LED illumination for 4 hours. Subsequently, the virus exposure to the tungsten trioxide-coated plates was measured across various timeframes, i.e., for 8, 12, and 24 hours, wherein the viral titer was reduced to non-detectable levels. The maximum reduction in viral titer was observed when the Omicron virus was exposed for at least 8 hours over a tungsten trioxide-coated plate kept under LED illumination. Moreover, the solution has been proven not harmful when it comes in contact with the human body as per the cytotoxicity test conducted on Tungsten trioxide coating on the glass.

In addition, Sharp Photocatalyst has won an iF Design Award 2022 under the Product Concept category for using the slightest of light to improve environment hygiene across workspaces. The iF Design Awards are one of the world’s esteemed design awards that recognize excellence in the design of industrial products from across the

Commenting on the results, Shinji Minatogawa, Managing Director, SHARP Business Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd said, “Sharp is dedicated to promoting business continuity in India by establishing stress-free, healthy, safe, and environmentally protected offices that adhere to new standards for simply better business. Our goal with Sharp Workspace Procat disinfect coating service is to provide a safer office environment that ensures effective protection against viruses, bacteria, mold, and odor. Workspace Procat is already being used across leading workplaces, and with this new certification, we’re confident that more enterprises will use these solutions and continue working from their workplace more confidently.

We are immensely proud to receive recognition from the iF Design Awards for our Sharp Workspace Procat. The award acknowledges our dedication to improving workspace protection and environmental hygiene, and such achievements motivate us to work towards our goal of helping the world ensure business continuity.”

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