Battelle, a global research and development organization committed to science and technology, has deployed a system for decontaminating N95 respirator masks to Stony Brook, helping to meet the critical need of protecting healthcare workers on the frontline. It is expected to decontaminate up to 80,000 masks per day.
Battelle’s Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) uses concentrated, vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP) and works by exposing used respirator masks to the validated concentration level for 2.5 hours to decontaminate biological contaminates, including SARS-CoV-2.
Battelle and Stony Brook University have a long-standing relationship; outside of their individual missions, together the two organizations comprise Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (BSA), which since 1998, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.
“The Battelle team has been working around the clock for several weeks to build, test and get approval for this system so that we can mobilize to the areas of the country that need it the most, and clearly New York City is at the top of that list,” said Matt Vaughan, Battelle’s Contract Research President.
The University offered the site as it seeks to meet the region’s growing need for essential PPE to address the growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.