Haverhill Research Park based company CodiKoat creates a Covid-busting antiviral coating
Revolutionary work at the Epicentre at Haverhill Research Park has led to the world's fastest-working antiviral coating - one that kills coronavirus inside ten seconds.
Just one year after CodiKoat took up space in the labs - as the business and innovation centre's first occupant - tests have shown that it's product 'GoVirol', which can go on any surface, is the quickest and most effective acetate-film antiviral coating ever made.
Testing, which includes a three-month long test case at the Royal Opera House in London and confirmation from an independent lab - has proven that the coating is over 99 per cent effective within just 10 seconds of contact time.
CodiKoat's co-founders, entrepreneur Raj Sharma and scientists (all of them phd holders) Reza Saberi Moghaddam, Payam Nahavandi and Matin Mohseni, are also developing antiviral technology that can be used in various ways, including in air conditioning, on disposable gloves and smart phones.
Raj said of Go Virol: "The reality is that it lasts a lifetime. We tested it after three months and it was exactly the same."
Such is the attention CodiKoat has quickly attracted, that it now has Philip Green, former chief financial officer at Deliveroo and Amazon, on board, and has received a £1m grant from Innovate UK towards commercialising its filter technology.
The firm is also in talks with a smart phone producer about the use of its coating and in the process of signing an agreement with Volution, an FTSE 250 Index company.
Since early October it has filed three patents and has another 15 to apply for (each patented product has a different chemical formula) and aims to begin commercialising the products next spring.
Matin said: "Before CodiKoat there were some coating technologies that would coat some surfaces which were affective but not in the sense that they would be useful, because it would take them two to three hours before they had a significant reaction.
"We have created something that shows that in only two seconds we can inactivate more than 90 per cent of microbes and within ten seconds we can do more than 99 per cent and that's a revolutionary change."
And with the Covid pandemic still with us, Raj added: "The entire anti-viral market was worth £3 billion and now with our technology the market is now about £1.5 trillion."