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CodiKoat’s anti-viral surface coating technology kills Covid-19 particles in seconds

CodiKoat’s anti-viral surface coating technology has been given an ISO certification that confirms its effectiveness at eradicating the Covid-19 virus - and it is the fastest acting protection of its type in the world.

The company, which was part of the Cambridge Accelerator programme, said its GoVirol acetate-film coating was proven to kill 90 per cent of human coronavirus particles within two seconds of contact time and was more than 99 per cent effective within just 10 seconds.

CodiKoat co-founders Reza Saberi, Martin Mohseni and Payam Nahavandi at the EpiCentre in Haverhill
CodiKoat co-founders Reza Saberi, Martin Mohseni and Payam Nahavandi at the EpiCentre in Haverhill

Co-founder Dr Reza Saberi Moghaddam said: “It’s fantastic to achieve our ISO certification. To our knowledge, and based on the feedback from the independent lab, nothing like this has ever been seen before. Now we continue our effort towards bringing this game-changing technology to the world and will continue working to refine it, pushing the limits to what’s possible”.

The company’s products underwent testing at an independent laboratory at University College London’s Virology Research Services. Tests showed the coating offers similarly powerful protection against all other harmful microbes, bacteria and fungi.

It works by blending electrochemistry and nanotechnology. By acting within seconds, it offers a significant improvement over traditional technologies such as silver-based protection, which take hours to achieve a noticeable antimicrobial impact.

CodiKoat's lab. Picture: CodiKoat
CodiKoat's lab. Picture: CodiKoat

CodiKoat, which is based at The EpiCentre in Haverhill and was launched by former students of Cambridge, Imperial and UCL, says the technology has “endless” applications as it can be applied to any surface or material - hard, soft, rough or smooth. It could be deployed in healthcare, retail, hospitality, mobile devices and other settings.

It can be applied retrospectively using the GoVirol coating or tuned at an atomic scale and integrated into product manufacturing.

The company says nanostructures in the technology ensure high durability so that the protection lasts throughout the product lifetime, whereas silver-based coatings - including the antimicrobial coatings you can now buy at UK supermarkets - typically last 30 to 60 days before intervention is required.

Surfaces with high levels of contact and areas with significant footfall will particularly benefit, CodiKoat says, and pilot schemes are under way with partners including London’s Royal Opera House and office buildings managed by Savills.

CodiKoat at work
CodiKoat at work

The ISO 21702:2019 certification achieved is the internationally recognised standard for the measurement of antiviral activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces.

The company said: “Alongside the GoVirol coating, we are continuing to develop a range of anti-viral solutions that will help protect from harmful bacteria and viruses in years to come.

“Testing continues on an antiviral face mask that will aim to become the world’s first semi-disposable surgical face mask. We are also continuing to develop CodiVent, an air filtration system that destroys harmful air pollutants, as well as airborne viruses and bacteria that are captured in the filter.”

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