Juganu begins promoting its tunable lighting system for disinfecting and deactivating pathogens in america


Juganu, the venture-backed Israeli company that makes lighting systems that can emit light at specific wavelengths, is now selling a product that supposedly can disinfect surfaces and deactivate pathogens in order to equip buildings with new security technologies that can prevent the spread of that Coronavirus causing COVID-19.

The company claims that its J.Protect product was based on a study by Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy at Bar Ilan University Medical School has been clinically validated (although Dr. Gal-Tanamy's research typically focuses on the hepatitis C virus, which has a different vector of transmission than airborne viruses such as Sars-Cov-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).

Juganu The new product has been registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency in 48 states and is currently working with Comcast, Qualcomm and NCR Corp. to bring its light disinfection and deactivation technology to markets across the country.

Lighting technology uses two types of ultraviolet light – A and C – to inert viruses and kill bacteria on surfaces, the company said.

When people are in a room, the company's system uses UVA light, which can inert viruses after eight hours of exposure. When the room is empty, the lighting system uses UVC light, which is more effective as a disinfectant and more harmful to humans, to disinfect a room in less than an hour.

The company tested its technology on surfaces but did not conduct tests that looked at the effects of the lighting system on aerosolized virus particles that were found to be the main cause of infections with the novel coronavirus.

"We have received an exemption from the FDA and are approved for distribution by the EPA in 48 states," said Juganu managing director Eran Ben-Shmuel in an interview.

According to Ben-Shmuel, the company has already sold the lighting technology in Israel and India in advance and is now taking orders for installations in the USA.

Juganu, who has raised $ 53 million to date from investors including Comcast Ventures, Viola Growth, Amdocs and OurCrowd, has offices in Israel, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, and has sold lighting systems to communities and companies around the world.

The new hardware opens up new technologies in the booming market for technology to reopen businesses in the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Smart lighting will be one of the largest areas for physical spaces. We are evolving from lights that only illuminate rooms, to disinfection and safety lights, and promoting well-being by recreating natural shifts in light based on sunrise and sunset, ”Ben-Shmuel said in a statement.


Katherine Clark