SLIDELL, Texas, Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As school
bells ring across the state and children begin to return to school,
parents' concerns for their children's safety are heightened.
Integrated Viral Protection (IVP), a transcontinental
partnership initiated and led by inventor Monzer Hourani with three manufacturing
companies – U.S.-based Dust Free, LP, Canada-based Engineering CPR, and Mexico-based Instalaciones y Especialidades
Metalicas SA de CV – has partnered with Slidell Independent
School District to deploy IVP's s1 air filtration technology,
proven to immediately eliminate 99.999% of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
virus on contact.
Future deployment of the IVP technology are slated for schools
in Florida and Texas to safeguard school reopenings.
Integrated Viral Protection's s1 model is an affordable,
mobile, plug-and-purify device proven to eliminate SARS-CoV-2
(99.999%), anthrax spores (99.8%) and other airborne contaminants
through a heated filter without impacting the temperature of the
ambient air. For a video explaining IVP's novel family of mobile
and building-installed Catch and KillTM air filtration
and purification solutions, please click
"The time for action is now," said Monzer Hourani, inventor of IVP's BIODEFENSE
INDOOR AIR PROTECTION SYSTEM™ and CEO of
medical real estate development company Medistar Corporation.
"Let us engineer our way out of this crisis and be more prepared
for the next. Lives are being lost daily, and we need to accelerate
manufacturing and installation of this critical biodefense system
which is the only technology proven to remove the coronavirus from
the air instantaneously. Partnerships between public and private
entities are critical to making this protection available for as
many as possible, as rapidly as possible."
"IVP's air filtration technology takes away much of the worry
and allows us to focus on what is most important," said
Taylor Williams, Superintendent of
Slidell ISD. "This filtration system is currently deployable, it's
doable, and it's proven effective. It's a big step to returning
children to childhood, and signaling that education is a priority."
IVP Air's s1 units are a fundamental component of Slidell's safety protocols, funded in part by
support from the CARES Act. See Superintendent Williams' first
day of school comments by clicking here.
The s1 unit adapts for use in large spaces including cafeterias,
gyms, hallways, libraries and auditoriums. The devices feature a
boost circulation mode for high-traffic areas and a quiet
circulation mode for use during classroom instruction.
A peer-reviewed study demonstrating how the heated air
disinfection system has been proven to kill 99.999% of SARS-CoV-2
on contact (and a range of other airborne pathogens including
anthrax spores) was published in Materials Physics
"Initiated and led by Monzer
Hourani, this transcontinental partnership is a testament to
the benefits of the recently enacted United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
and the power of our three countries working together to solve a
global problem," said Garrett K.
Peel, MD, MHS, FACS, executive vice president and managing
director of Medistar Corporation, and principal of IVP. "This is a
pivotal moment in our world's history where leadership and
partnership will be the determining factors of our global response
to this pandemic and our preparations for the next."
"I could not be more proud of Slidell ISD," said Texas State
Representative Phil King, whose
district includes Slidell. "This
technology will provide unparalleled safety and peace of mind. This
just shows you don't have to be big to lead in Texas—just smart,
innovative and willing to take a different path."
A new study shared by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) reported that aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 can remain
infectious for up to 16 hours, underscoring the urgency for indoor
air protection. The IVP s1 school unit is capable of powerfully
recirculating the air in a standard-sized classroom, exceeding the
re-opening guidelines issued by the American Society of Heating,
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
The results are independently endorsed by premier researchers
including Professor Gang Chen at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT): "Timely work with significant real world
implications;" Professor George Crabtree, Director of
JCESR at Argonne National Laboratory: "…will effectively
serve as a mask for indoor ventilation;" and Professor Paul Chu, Founding Director at the Texas
Center for Superconductivity at University of
Houston (Father of Superconductivity, Nobel Prize Nominee
and National Medal of Science Awardee): "…as a much needed
single hope in this long depressing pandemic."
The research team is led by Dr. Zhifeng Ren,
Director, Texas Center for Superconductivity
at University of Houston and Dr. Luo Yu, along with
Dr. Faisal Cheema at University of Houston College of
Medicine under the leadership of Dean Steve Spann,
Vice Chancellor and Vice President of Research and Technology
Transfer, Dr. Amr Elnashai and Chancellor and President Renu
Khator, Dr. Slobodan Paessler, Distinguished Chair of
Biodefense at Galveston National Laboratory and
colleagues, including Dr. Johnny Peterson and
Dr. William Lawrence, Texas
A&M University, Vice Chancellor of Engineering and
National Laboratories, Dr. Kathy Banks, Associate Dean for
Research, The Texas A&M Experiment Engineering Station,
Dr. Joe Elabd and Director, NanoBio Systems Laboratory,
Dr. Arum Han and John Sharp,
Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.
The patent-pending BIODEFENSE INDOOR AIR PROTECTION
SYSTEMTM is FDA Compliant to Enforcement Policy for
Sterilizers, Disinfectant Devices and Air Purifiers During the
Coronavirus Disease - 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency | 21
CFR 880.5045 Medical Recirculation Air Cleaner and 21 CFR 880.6500
Medical UV Air Purifier | Class II Device) and permitted by the FDA
to be sold during the Coronavirus Disease. For more information on
IVP, please visit IVPair.com.
ABOUT INTEGRATED VIRAL PROTECTION (IVP)
Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) is a technology solutions
company that specializes in the design of biodefense indoor air
protection systems, such as its recently tested product shown to be
99.999% effective at killing the COVID-19 virus. The patent-pending
technology is currently in compliance with FDA's Enforcement Policy
for Sterilizers, Disinfectant Devices and Air Purifiers During the
Coronavirus Disease - 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency. Data
from scientific peer reviewed publications show significant promise
for reducing the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the air,
safeguarding people against the dangerous, life-threatening
pathogen. IVP has formed a public/private partnership with a team
of scientists, engineers, and virologists and has collaborated to
develop a promising biodefense indoor air protection system that
combats COVID-19 in commercial, transportation, residential and
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