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Steramist Disinfection Unit Achieves Kill on SARS CoV-2 Virus in 5 Seconds

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FREDERICK, Md., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc.® (“TOMI”, “the Company”) (NASDAQ: TOMZ), a global company specializing in disinfection and decontamination, reports that in a recent study with the University of Virginia’s Office of the Vice President for Research, Center of Comparative Medicine the Company’s SteraMist Surface Unit, utilizing its premier Binary Ionization Technology (BIT™) Solution, achieved a kill on SARS CoV-2 Virus in five seconds, in a real world experience setting.

The UVA study demonstrated a significant reduction at 5-second spray, 7-minute dwell, no wet contact time; and more importantly, when assayed for viable Plaque Forming Units (PFUs) there was no viable virus detected after all exposure methods. There was reduction in the number of SARS CoV-2 PFUs in all exposure methods used to the point where there was no detectable viable coronavirus. The successful study was conducted at the University of Virginia’s Biosafety Level 3 facility, which is approved for Select Agent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Halden Shane said, “TOMI has the utmost confidence in the efficacy of our disinfection and decontamination capabilities and we welcome opportunities like this recent study to reinforce our claims with the validation of successful scientific studies. Across the world, the focus on killing coronavirus variants has never been sharper. This study confirms user Real World Experience (RWE) with our technology, and our SteraMist equipment + Binary Ionization Technology (BIT™) Solution combination has once again proved that our revolutionary solution is second to none when it comes to quick results and outstanding materials compatibility.”

“These are challenging times from a public health and safety standpoint, and as this successful combined study has demonstrated, from ambulance, life flight, and hospital use to global vaccine production sites and COVID testing supply manufacturing, SteraMist is continually ‘Innovating for a Safer World,” Dr. Shane concluded.

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.: Innovating for a safer world®

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Frederick 911 Communications Center Decontamination

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TOMI is proud to announce that its local Operations Headquarters Frederick 911 Communications Center purchased a SteraMist Surface Unit to be used throughout its office to combat COVID-19, quickly promoting it within days through an article in The Frederick News-Post: Top-of-the-line disinfecting device delivered to county 911 call center.

TOMI’s innovative SteraMist technology has become a trusted partner with growing number of first responder and front-line agencies in the implementation and maintenance of their decontamination and disinfection protocols. The Frederick County Maryland Emergency Management and Public Safety team comprises the region’s critical 911 call center and is now a new patron of the EPA-registered SteraMist solution to help combat against COVID-19.

SteraMist is ideally suited for repeated application to sensitive equipment without leaving residue and damaging surfaces. Additionally, the fine particle mist that moves like a gas is effective in reaching all areas and fixtures of a room, including crevice spaces between desks and cubicle structures. SteraMist will help to safeguard the 24/7 first responder staff from contracting COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria, preventing crucial operations from being jeopardized. These critical, highly trained staff members are a necessary resource for the community and not easily replaced should they fall ill. By eliminating pathogens in their working environments, SteraMist disinfection can provide protection for their well-being and the agency’s operations.

Check out the County Spotlight: SteraMist Decontamination Unit video testimonial.

Dr. Halden Shane, CEO of TOMI, states, “Emergency operation enterprises have continued to rely upon the SteraMist solution to decontaminate their critical operation environments. SteraMist, previously utilized by mainly the hospital and healthcare industry for enhanced disinfection, is proving to be the new way to provide disinfection. The technology application demand has evolved to include a much wider scope of platforms that now include emergency management providers. TOMI’s ongoing mission is to help customers create healthier living and working spaces, as well as other surrounding environments.”

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.: Innovating for a safer world®

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TOMI Announces Completion and Testing Trial of Its First Disinfection Robot

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

SteraMist announces early stage trials of SteraBot, its first-generation technology disinfection robot jointly developed in Hong Kong with RV Automation Technology Co. Ltd.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has continued to seriously affect the daily lives of citizens and the economies of every country around the globe. Recent sharp surges in diagnosed cases in many locations mean that global efforts to break the chains of new coronavirus transmissions and the urgent development of new vaccines continue unabated. As the epidemic escalates the potential roles of robotics are becoming increasingly prominent. Disinfection robots have the potential to be deployed as effective resources to combat the spread of COVID-19. Robotic applications using TOMI SteraMist iHP™ technology in healthcare and many other industries will help to vastly reduce direct human exposure to dangerous pathogens.

TOMI has signed agreements with several companies in the Asia and Southeast Asia region granting the right of its patented SteraMist iHP™ for use in the development of disinfection robots to tackle the growing threat of COVID-19. Prototype disinfection robots have been developed and are undergoing early stage trials at various locations. One of TOMI’s robotic development partners, RV Automation Technology Company Limited, is working with the Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 project sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Fund, Innovation and Technology Commission, the Government of Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

TOMI is also working with other companies in both Singapore and Hong Kong to develop flexible robotic solutions for deployment in healthcare, maritime and hospitality sectors.

The new disinfection robot will leverage on latest technologies in Automatic Guided Vehicle and will be able to map a new environment, perform autonomous navigation and conduct disinfection routines based on proprietary algorithms. Software development by TOMI’s robotic partners provide an enhanced AI capability to optimize mapping, navigation and ensuring SteraMist iHP™ disinfection efficacy achieved under the operating perimeters prescribed by TOMI. Extensive trials of the prototype disinfection robots cover key considerations such as operational safety protocols, post verification of disinfection efficacy, quality control, product reliability and maximizing smooth implementation under different environments.

TOMI believes that the global demand of disinfection robots from customers will continue to increase firmly over the coming period. Robotic application of SteraMist iHP™ eliminates the pitfalls of manual operation by users. Our robotic R&D strategy will allow TOMI to expand business opportunity with its new product range to meet the urgent disinfection needs of customers across a wide spectrum of industries globally. We expect that the future successful development of SteraMist iHP™ robots will serve to propel and sustain business growth and profitability for our shareholders in the new technology era.

TOMI CEO, Dr. Halden Shane, states: “With the completion of research efforts, we expect to meet the increasing needs and requests by our clients to have a disinfecting robot that eliminates manual cleaning inconsistencies from their disinfection protocol, SteraBot achieves that task. One of our major real estate group customers currently has deployed over 10 different types of industrial robots in its existing fleet. This customer has already expressed keen interest in SteraMist iHP™? robots. They believe that the introduction and adoption of new robotic technology will better protect the safety of their workers and improve the group’s capabilities to combat the epidemic today and in the future.”

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.: Innovating for a safer world®

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TOMI Adds Additional Manufacturer to Produce SteraMist Equipment

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

TOMI is pleased to report that manufacturing operations have begun with Planet Innovation, an overseas manufacturing partner in Australia. As the world continues to better understand the gravity of enhanced disinfection, TOMI has made the manufacturing decision in anticipation of continued demand increase for SteraMist disinfection products.

Planet Innovation offers greater production capability with a large production floor, providing the ability to house product and accommodate increased production activity. Orders will now be fulfilled with a shorter overall lead time that includes expedition of new and outstanding orders to meet and exceed customer expectations, which is of paramount importance.

Planet Innovation specializes in healthcare technology and product commercialization, with an established portfolio spanning well over a decade. As a result of its significant growth in the first half of 2020, TOMI has made strides in growing and evolving its research and quality control divisions, both of which have been involved in ongoing discussions to ensure regulatory compliance and quality consistency. These discussions are the culmination of many hours of hard work and cooperation on the part of both TOMI and Planet Innovation.

This new partnership offers an expansive wealth of opportunities to both TOMI and highly valued customers. The geography of this new manufacturer provides a benefit of increased product availability internationally, allowing for the significant growth of existing and future SteraMist product end users into the Asia Pacific region, EU and Africa. TOMI has had the pleasure of collaborating with the manufacturer throughout the last few months to assist in the streamlining of production. The contract has a three (3) year term. TOMI is looking forward to a continued mutual commitment to innovation and quality.

Stuart Elliott, co-CEO and co-founder of Planet Innovation, states: “TOMI is a great example of a manufacturer proactively looking to protect its supply chain by dual sourcing. The COVID pandemic has really shone a light on a lot of manufacturers’ reliance on a single supplier or country. This is something TOMI recognized, and we’re delighted they selected Planet Innovation to be their global manufacturing partner. With SteraMist products currently in huge demand, our manufacturing team worked closely with TOMI to get the products into production in record time, shipping our first units two months after our first discussions.

” Elissa J. Shane, TOMI COO, states: “With the ever-evolving landscape of infection control and disinfection changing each day, we are excited to announce this opportunity that will ultimately allow us to bring the power of SteraMist to more customers and more locations than ever before. The future expectations of TOMI Environmental Solutions is to see continued growth in the areas of supply and demand for our products across the board.”

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.: Innovating for a safer world®

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Demand for SteraMist BIT Solution Surges

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Since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, SteraMist™ solution orders have increased significantly in 2020.

With the increase in demand for our decontamination technologies, our BIT solution sales have surged significantly throughout several divisions including Hospital-Healthcare, Life Sciences and the TOMI Service Network (TSN). TOMI’s revenue model is heavily driven by recurring BIT solution usage by clients and service providers, providing a consistent and predictable revenue stream over time.

This growth is partly a result of the recent registration of SteraMist on the EPA’s List N for SARS CoV-2 efficacy and the use of SteraMist on N95 masks and other PPE to assist in the decontamination and reuse of protective equipment in short supply. Year to date, BIT solution sales have increased by approximately 1000% compared to the prior year. This year, one of our international partners has already purchased over a thousand (1,000) gallons of solution to be used to decontaminate hospitals, healthcare facilities, emergency vehicles, airplanes, food stores and government facilities. Domestically, a United States government agency purchased over four hundred (400) gallons to assist in stopping the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, a California-based TSN provider purchased over five hundred (500) gallons to provide SteraMist decontamination to city offices, police vehicles, ships and other venues to combat the virus. TOMI clients are increasing purchases of BIT solution to complete jobs for various sites and verticals.

TOMI’s solution demand has increased substantially with the expansion of the TOMI Service Network. The increase in solution demand throughout our service network (TSN), Hospital-Healthcare and Life Sciences divisions has made it necessary to add extra shifts to produce more solution to avoid any shipping delays. TOMI will continue to increase solution blending in anticipation of future product sales and solution demands to handle the worlds new infectious disease protocols.

Dr. Halden Shane, TOMI’s CEO, states, “As we continue forward during these difficult times and as our customers and service providers grow, we are committed to keeping pace with increased demand across the board. Ensuring that those on the front lines of the fight against the SARS CoV-2 virus are well-equipped with our technology and solution remain our number one priority.”

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.: Innovating for a safer world®

TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB:TOMZ) is a global decontamination and infection prevention company, providing environmental solutions for indoor surface disinfection through the manufacturing, sales and licensing of its premier Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) platform. Invented under a defense grant in association with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, BIT™ solution utilizes a low percentage Hydrogen Peroxide as its only active ingredient to produce a fog of ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP™). Represented by the SteraMist® brand of products, iHP™ produces a germ-killing aerosol that works like a visual non-caustic gas.

TOMI products are designed to service a broad spectrum of commercial structures, including, but not limited to, hospitals and medical facilities, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, police and fire departments, and athletic facilities. TOMI products and services have also been used in single-family homes and multi-unit residences.

TOMI develops training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, America Seed Trade Association, and The Restoration Industry Association.

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Inside the hospital sanitizing 2,000 disposable N95 masks for reuse by hospital workers each day

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At the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, a non-profit hospital located in Boston, a team of researchers discovered they could use existing sterilization technology to decontaminate disposable personal protective gear (PPE) for reuse.

They are the only facility

in the world sterilizing their N95 masks, face shields, and PAPR hoods in this way.

Using this technology, they can sterilize 2,000 N95 masks in two hours.

As N95 masks ran out across America, Melissa McCullough began to get concerned.

Patients from all over the world come to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for cancer care, and the non-profit hospital employs over 5,000 people. But without access to the proper personal protective equipment, or PPE, McCullough knew they wouldn’t be able to provide that care.

“We recognized that we had a supply chain problem,” McCullough, the senior director of Environmental Health and Safety at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, told Insider. “It was becoming particularly obvious to us that the supply chain was broken and it wasn’t coming in.”

So the research operations team at the hospital decided to test whether disposable N95 masks, used by medical workers to protect themselves from viruses like COVID-19, could be cleaned effectively enough to be reused. Two weeks later, their hunch was confirmed, and Dana-Farber became the only hospital in the world to use ionized hydrogen peroxide technology to sterilize PPE.

On April 20, Dana-Farber will begin decontaminating 2,000 masks a day with a two-hour sterilization process, and each formerly-disposable mask will be able to be reused five times. Here’s what the process looks like.

The decontamination system was built into a room in the hospital.

Prior to the pandemic, the Steramist ionized hydrogen peroxide system was used to sterilize anything coming into the hospital from the outside world, from garbage bags to sensitive experimental materials.

The machine sends a stream of hydrogen peroxide through a plasma arc, and delivers a misting solution of ionized hydrogen peroxide to everything in the room. The system was designed to work with the existing HVAC system, which shuts off when the machine is on, and aerates the room when the process is over.

McCullough doesn’t know exactly how much the system costs, as it was built in with the rest of the building, but she says it’s not cheap. She estimates that the misting solution alone costs about $250 per 2,000 masks.

The focus is on sterilizing N95 respirators, face shields, and PAPR hoods.

For the experiment, Dana-Farber researchers had to see if the machine would work on face shields, N95 respirators, and PAPR hoods, which are powered air purifying respirators worn over the head. All of these items, which block coronavirus-laced droplets, are in high demand for healthcare workers at hospitals.

“Anyone who’s going into a really hot environment with COVID-19 positive patients is wearing either a heavy duty N95 respirator and a face shield or a PAPR,” said McCullough.

Researchers only tested the procedure on 12 N95 masks, as McCullough and her core team, who called themselves SEAL Team 9, “were very cognizant of the fact that these were precious materials,” she said.

The materials were set up in the room for five days with biological indicators underneath them. If nothing grew on them, SEAL Team 9 would know that the masks had been sterilized.

The respirators had to be sent a testing facility that checked for filtration efficiency, to ensure the mist hadn’t affected their ability to filter pathogens.

Ultimately, the team found that the PPE could be safely re-sanitized at least five times.

The system works because hydrogen peroxide reacts with air and turns to water.

After the decontaminated N95 masks were rolled out, there was some apprehension from Dana-Farber staffers about whether they would really work.

“There was some concern, when you hear something’s been treated with a chemical that you’re going to put on your face,” McCullough said.

Staffers were concerned because breathing in hydrogen peroxide in high concentrations can be damaging. “It kills pathogens, and it can also kill healthy cells,” said McCullough. “A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, you can buy at CVS and gargle. We’re taking a 7.8% solution, and putting it into a mist in the air.”

This kills pathogens because hydrogen peroxide reacts with air and turns to water and oxygen. “If you’ve ever left a bottle of hydrogen peroxide open in your medicine cabinet, when you come back, it will all react with air and turn to water,” said McCullough.

To protect against residual hydrogen peroxide, McCullough and her team added extra time for the masks to air out.

Many researchers are rushing to find alternate ways to decontaminate N95 masks.

McCullough says most other hospitals wouldn’t be capable of doing this procedure, because they don’t have a room dedicated to the sterilization of materials.

“You can do small numbers in a biosafety cabinet that’s set up, or you can set up a room with a handheld version of the equipment that we have in the room,” she said. “You can do this on individual pieces, but the amount of effort that it takes to do 10 pieces is equivalent to the amount of effort it takes for us to do thousand pieces.”

Dana-Farber’s decontamination system isn’t the only one on the market. There’s also the Battelle system, which recently received a $415 million contract from the Pentagon, although McCullough noted that their process takes eight hours to Dana-Farber’s two.

Duke University has also announced plans to use hydrogen peroxide for mask decontamination at three of its hospitals.

According to the National Institutes of Health, UV light, dry heat, and ethyl alcohol can also be used to sanitize masks.

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Steramist, disinfection & decontamination of P95 respirator mask

Protocol for disinfecting masks, this is for both P95 and R95 masks.

TOMI is working with many partners both in university healthcare research and government agencies on validation of this protocol.  An additional piece will be distributed by the end of the week with validation and images of the work being conducted.

1. SteraMist® technician should don PPE that is suitable for exposure to both nuisance-level organic vapor and any contaminant that may be on respirator mask.

2. Check all masks before treatment. Masks should be free of visible gross material of any nature, human or environmental. Remove using acceptable disinfectant. Cellulose masks with non-removable makeup or lipstick may not be treated.

3. Hold SteraMist® applicator in gloved hand with masks placed on a rack or hooks, ensuring both inside and outside of mask are accessible.

4. Applicator nozzle should be kept approximately 18 inches away from masks at all times while applying SteraMist®.

5. Press trigger on applicator and once mist is dispensing from nozzle pass the mist directly over the outside of the mask two to three (2-3) times (approximately 4 seconds).

6. Flip masks over and repeat step 4 to apply SteraMist® to the inside of the mask.

7. Hang respirator mask in storage cabinet or locker for minimum 1 hour before using mask again.

8. Technician should wash gloved hands before removing gloves, then wash bare hands again once gloves are removed.

To ensure continued efficacy, cellulose masks can only be treated four times.

 

Steramist utilized by CVS Pharmacy in response to Coronavirus

 

The CVS Health Enterprise Response and Resiliency and Infectious Disease Response teams are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. CVS follows cleaning protocols as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) general cleaning guidelines and implements SteraMist in their cleaning practices. CVS released a FAQ article, “What you need to know about the coronavirus (COVID-19),” announcing procedures they have in place to ensure health and safety of their customers, patients, and employees which includes the use of SteraMist, an EPA registered disinfectant with efficacy against SARS CoV-2 coronavirus – EPA List N.

CVS gives guidance on the following question, “What cleaning practices does CVS undertake when there is a confirmed case or exposure situation?” CVS responded, “A deep cleaning will be performed, which consists of wiping down all horizontal and high contact touch points and using….SteraMist spray.”

TOMI’s CEO, Dr. Halden Shane, states, “I am not totally surprised about the contagiousness of this new SARS CoV-2, coronavirus pandemic. Also, what is not surprising to me is the fact that this pandemic has changed infectious disease protocols forever as businesses adopt SteraMist into their routine and emergency response protocols. In these uncertain times, TOMI will continue to provide our technology around the world to aid in reducing the spread of SARS CoV-2.”

Please refer to CVS Pharmacy’s website for additional information: https://www.cvs.com/content/coronavirus

TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc.: Innovating for a safer world

TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. (otcqb:TOMZ) is a global decontamination and infection prevention company, providing environmental solutions for indoor surface disinfection through the manufacturing, sales and licensing of its premier Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) platform. Invented under a defense grant in association with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, BIT solution utilizes a low percentage Hydrogen Peroxide as its only active ingredient to produce a fog of ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP). Represented by the SteraMistbrand of products, iHP produces a germ-killing aerosol that works like a visual non-caustic gas.

TOMI products are designed to service a broad spectrum of commercial structures, including, but not limited to, hospitals and medical facilities, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, police and fire departments, and athletic facilities. TOMI products and services have also been used in single-family homes and multi-unit residences.

TOMI develops training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, America Seed Trade Association, and The Restoration Industry Association.

For additional information, please visit http://www.tomimist.com/ or contact us at info@tomimist.com.

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Covid-19 SteraMist BIT Solution Approved by EPA for Emerging Viral Pathogens

Approved by EPA for Emerging Viral Pathogens

EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for use Against SARS-CoV-2

EPA Registration Number : 90150-2
Application Date: January 29, 2020
Decision Number : 559855
Approval Date: March 13,2020

SteraMist® BITSolution has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard non-porous surfaces.

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic is caused by COVID-19.

SteraMist® BITSolution kills similar viruses and therefore can be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions for use against COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Vibraclean is a specilized biodecontamination service provider focused on pharmaceutical, life sciences and health care.

EPA’s approval under Emerging Viral Pathogens further validates Vibracleans process.

During the current outbreak we are using our skill set to assisting companies to come up with practical solutions to ensure continuity of business.

We are also encouraging companies to come up with site specific Biosecurity Plans as part of their H&S initiatives.

We will be giving regular updates on our website.