SurfaceWise2 Becomes First Antiviral Surface Coating Approved by EPA to Continuously Protect Against COVID-19 With a Single Application
Allied BioScience’s Next-Generation Coating Provides Crucial Surface Protection
in Fight Against COVID-19 as Texas Businesses Reopen
DALLAS (August 24, 2020) — In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today approved a public health emergency exemption waiver for Allied BioScience submitted by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The approval allows the use of SurfaceWise among Texas-based customers to provide continuous effectiveness in protecting against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Allied BioScience’s SurfaceWise2 coating is now the first and only surface coating approved by the EPA for use to continuously protect against COVID-19 with a single application. With the EPA’s approval, the Texas Department of Agriculture received an exemption enabling Texas to become the first state in which a Section 18 emergency waiver for SurfaceWise2 has been approved. Allied BioScience is pursuing this emergency waiver across all 50 states.
“The EPA approval clears the way to begin effectively protecting consumers against COVID-19 as the only solution proven to provide long-term, non-toxic surface protection from the virus,” said Michael Ruley, CEO, Allied BioScience. “We have been eager to bring our product to market and look forward to partnering with leading Texas-based companies to keep Texans safe in the fight against COVID-19.”
SurfaceWise2 is the latest surface coating from Allied BioScience with antiviral properties that continuously kill 99.9% of viruses on surfaces. The non-toxic coating is applied via an electrostatic spray to provide always-on protection on treated surfaces.
Independent lab studies conducted ahead of the emergency waiver approval by leading infectious disease expert Dr. Charles Gerba found SurfaceWise2 to be effective against Human Coronavirus 229E, the EPA approved surrogate for 90 days. This demonstrates the ability to protect against COVID-19 successfully.
About Allied BioScience
Allied BioScience is a disruptive biotechnology company dedicated to saving lives and livelihoods through revolutionary science and focuses on developing innovative solutions to create cleaner human environments through long-lasting, always-on antimicrobial coatings.
SurfaceWise2 is the first-of-its-kind long-lasting product approved by the EPA to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. This continuously-active surface coating is applied electrostatically to provide always-on protection on treated surfaces.
Read more about the life-saving product, directly from the EPA’s Press Release – here.
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Trump EPA Approves First-Ever Long-Lasting Antiviral Product for Use Against COVID-19
WASHINGTON (August 24, 2020) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a groundbreaking development in the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus. In a first-of-its kind step, EPA has issued an emergency exemption to the state of Texas permitting it to allow American Airlines and Total Orthopedics Sports & Spine to use a new product that kills coronavirus like the SARS-CoV-2 virus on surfaces for up to seven days. After carefully reviewing the available data and information, the agency has determined that the product helps to address the current national emergency. This product is expected to provide longer-lasting protection in public spaces, increasing consumer confidence in resuming normal air travel and other activities.
“There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans and I want to thank those who have worked with us to achieve this major milestone,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Since day one, I have been committed to ensuring that Americans have as many tools as possible to protect their families and today we are delivering on that promise by approving the first-ever long-lasting antiviral product that will help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
“Texas is proud to once again step up and join the fight against this virus,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. “This Section 18 exemption gives businesses another tool to protect consumers as we try to bring our economy back. Thank you President Trump and EPA Administrator Wheeler for your commitment to the safety of the American people and to ending this pandemic that is choking our economy and our way of life.”
“We are very grateful for Administrator Wheeler and the many hardworking professionals at the EPA who rigorously evaluated SurfaceWise2 to safeguard our customers and team members from viruses, such as the flu and coronavirus,” said American Airlines Chief Operating Officer David Seymour. “SurfaceWise2 will make the travel experience even safer for those who are ready to return to the skies and reopen our country for business.”
“We are thrilled to work closely with the EPA on approval for SurfaceWise2, which enables people to get back to living their lives,” said Allied BioScience CEO Michael Ruley. “This initial EPA approval clears the way to effectively protect people against COVID-19 as a residual solution proven to provide long-term, non-toxic surface protection from viruses, including coronaviruses. We know how tirelessly the EPA has worked to evaluate a litany of innovative products, and we are excited to provide this added layer of defense for our country.”
EPA is approving the emergency exemption requests submitted under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). SurfaceWise2—a product manufactured by Allied BioScience completely in the United States—is a surface coating that inactivates viruses and bacteria within two hours of application and continues to work against them for up to seven days. EPA’s approval will allow Texas to permit American Airlines airport facilities and planes at specific locations and two Total Orthopedics Sports & Spine Clinics to use SurfaceWise2 under certain conditions.
Over the coming months, Allied BioScience will pursue a non-emergency approval under FIFRA Section 3 by submitting additional data to meet EPA’s registration requirements as an antiviral surface coating. If the full registration process is completed, the product would become available for purchase by members of the public.
EPA anticipates posting information for companies or individuals who are interested in pursuing a FIFRA Section 3 registration for antiviral surface coatings in the coming weeks. In the interim, states or federal agencies interested in pursuing a Section 18 Emergency Exemption Request for products that claim residual efficacy against viruses for up to seven days should be prepared to include efficacy data demonstrating that the product is durable and effective against viruses in their applications. Durability and efficacy should both be evaluated. For example, antiviral efficacy should be assessed using coated surfaces that have been exposed to physical touches/abrasion and treatment with disinfectants. EPA will review the results of these studies to ensure that surface coatings remain effective under the anticipated proposed conditions of use.
For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/section-18-emergency-exemption-requests-and-coronavirus-covid-19
SurfaceWise2 is meant to inactivate viruses that land on a surface between regular cleanings. This product is not a replacement for routine cleaning and disinfection with products from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. EPA recommends that facilities continue to follow the cleaning and disinfection recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that according to the CDC, while “it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the virus is thought to spread mainly through close contact between individuals.
The approved Section 18 emergency requests are effective for a year. As new data emerge, EPA may alter the terms of the product’s emergency uses.
Continuously Active Surface Disinfectants May Provide Additional Barrier Against the Spread of Viruses
As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, UArizona researchers are evaluating the potential of antiviral surface coatings in continued defense against the environmental spread of viruses.
May 15, 2020
While disinfecting high-contact surfaces is an important practice to prevent the spread of pathogens, these surfaces can be easily re-contaminated after the use of conventional surface disinfectants. Alternatively, continuously active disinfectants work to actively kill microorganisms and provide continued protection over an extended period of time.
[Read University of Arizona Article] (University of Arizona Website)
Allied BioScience Appoints Three-Time Super Bowl Champion and NFL Analyst Daryl Johnston as Senior Advisor, Sports Marketing
The retired Dallas Cowboys fullback brings sports management expertise to the table as professional facilities and arenas look to re-open amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
May 08, 2020
Allied BioScience, a Dallas-based biotechnology company specializing in novel antimicrobial coatings designed to reduce infection and illness across public spaces, announced today that Daryl Johnston has joined the firm as Senior Advisor of Sports Marketing, effective immediately. A former fullback for the Dallas Cowboys and current NFL analyst with FOX Sports, Mr. Johnston will focus on Allied BioScience’s business growth as it looks to expand into the sports industry and other diversified sectors.
First Healthcare-Associated Infection Reduction Tied to Use of 90-Day Antimicrobial Coating, Study Indicates
Always-On™ surface coating demonstrates first correlation of sustained environmental bioburden reduction and 36% Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) declines.
April 28, 2020
A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases finds a patented continuously active antimicrobial coating used in two high-acuity hospitals has produced the first-ever association between sustained environmental bioburden decreases (79% and 75%, respectively) and Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) reductions – 36% across both sites. The continuous antimicrobial coating is the first-generation product developed by Dallas-based biotechnology company, Allied BioScience.
Lydia Partners Invests in Allied BioScience to Scale Operations, Meet Demand
Rab Shanableh joins Board of Directors as Demand Surges for Disruptive Infection Prevention for Public Spaces
April 2, 2020
Allied BioScience, a Dallas-based biotechnology company specializing in novel antimicrobial coatings designed to reduce infection and illness across public spaces, announced today that Lydia Partners’ Managing Director Mohammed “Rab” Shanableh has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Allied BioScience also announced that it is among Lydia Partners’ initial round of multimillion-dollar investments in consumer technology, healthcare, and biomedical ventures.
Allied BioScience and Electrostatic Spraying Systems Announce Strategic Alliance
November 20, 2019
Allied BioScience, an Infection Prevention company specializing in always-on, continuous antimicrobial surface coatings and Electrostatic Spraying Systems (ESS) have entered into a strategic alliance to co-market their innovative products together and to develop next-generation products together. Under the mutually agreed upon alliance, ESS will become Allied BioScience’s exclusive supplier of electrostatic sprayers.
Allied BioScience Announces Partnership with Blickman Industries
November 18, 2019
Allied BioScience, an Infection Prevention company specializing in continuously active antimicrobial surface coatings, is now partnering with Blickman Industries, the market leader in stainless steel and chrome equipment for over 130 years, to launch an innovative product line of continuously protected antimicrobial medical equipment.
Allied BioScience Announces Presentations at IDWeek 2019
October 1, 2019
Allied BioScience, an Infection Prevention company specializing in long-lasting, continuously antimicrobial surface coatings, today announced groundbreaking research illustrating the efficacy of its innovative coatings will be shared at Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) IDWeek™ 2019 taking place October 2 – 6, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Allied BioScience Receives EPA Registration for New Bacteriostatic Surface Coating
November 8, 2018
SurfaceWise™ now EPA registered
Allied BioScience, a Plano, Texas-based biotechnology company announced today it has received an approved label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for SurfaceWise™, a new bacteriostatic surface coating that inhibits the growth of and provides continuous protection against bacteria, fungi (mold and mildew) and algae which cause odor, staining and discoloration in various commercial settings, including hospitals and sports facilities.