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A Queensland company has donated one of its state-of-the-art UV disinfecting devices to a medical supply centre in Lombardy, Italy, to help on the COVID-19 frontline.

Gold Coast medtech company Cleantech UV International donated one of its innovative remUVe™ – MK-2 devices to Italy after witnessing the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic was causing there.

Valued at USD$4,940, the portable device disinfects surfaces by using a 10-second blast of UVC, short-wavelength ultraviolet light, to kill microorganisms, including viruses, without the use of chemicals or water.

It can be used in hospitals, medical clinics and aged-care facilities, by first responders such as police and ambulance officers, and at quarantine and border-control facilities and other public gathering points.

Cleantech was put in touch with the Italian facility by staff from TIQ’s London office, who worked with Austrade and the office of the Australian Ambassador to Italy to arrange logistics for the donation.

Queensland Agent-General and Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt said Cleantech UV International’s donation epitomised the Queensland spirit.

‘Cleantech’s generous donation is another wonderful example of Queenslanders reaching out across borders to help those most in need,’ Ms Apelt said.

‘TIQ is proud to have been able to help open doors to ensure this donation made it safely to Italy where it will be used to help the residents of Lombardy in their fight against COVID-19.’

Cleantech UV International Innovations and Business Director Ben Cane said the company was humbled to be able to help during this devastating pandemic.

‘We were watching the news and hearing about supply difficulties for disinfectant and PPE, and we thought our machine could really help with this,’ he said.

‘The WHO keeps advising that multiple levels of disinfection should be used in order to tackle coronavirus.

‘With our device, you can have someone going around 24 hours a day disinfecting a wide range of surfaces in hospitals and other facilities while patients and doctors are still in the rooms.

‘The more layers of disinfection you have and the more you do it, the better results you will get.

‘Our device isn’t to be used instead of other disinfecting practices or products, it’s to be used in addition to those.’

Cleantech UV Founder and Managing Director Lee Kelman said while COVID-19 had thrust Cleantech’s product into the spotlight, their long-term plans would remain focused on the fight against antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-acquired infections.

‘The COVID-19 pandemic has driven people to recognise the need for additional disinfection options,’ he said.

‘Using UVC to disinfect surfaces is relatively new technology but UVC has been used to kill pathogens during water treatment for a while now.

‘It’s up to us to get that message out there so we can help tackle hospital infections.

‘The microorganisms responsible for these kinds of infections are the Trojan horse of the health system and globally, we’ve not yet fully realised their cost to governments and hospitals.’

Designed in Queensland in 2012, the Cleantech UV disinfection device is used in hotels in Australia, with the company more recently starting to target aged-care and healthcare facilities here.

The company employs 4 staff at its Varsity Lakes headquarters, with manufacturing taking place across Queensland and Melbourne facilities.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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