Roman Vuerich, PhD student, wins innovation award

Roman Vuerich, PhD student in the Cardiovascular Biology laboratory, ICGEB Trieste, has won a prestigious research award for innovation in the field of infectious diseases.

The Health Committee of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), a leading international research institute for the study of sustainable development and global governance based in Milan, Italy, has awarded Roman Vuerich’s work on safeguarding health in relation to industrial activities in the energy sector and in the context of energy transition.

“My submission included several themes focused on environmental sustainability, health, disease prevention and energy,” explains Roman, who is affiliated to ICGEB and the University of Trieste, “I applied with the Next-generation air purification with K-air Laser (pictured below): A breakthrough laser technology for managing emerging infectious diseases and safeguarding against future pandemics.” He receives the research prize in the field of infectious and emerging diseases and emerging healthcare.

The Kair Laser

“Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has greatly changed our daily lives: social distancing, quarantine, remote work, online education. The pandemic has highlighted our vulnerability to new pathogens and the importance of developing new devices that can prevent and control their airborne transmission. For this reason, we invented and scientifically validated the effectiveness of a new technological solution, the Kair Laser, which uses laser light to sterilize aerosol contaminated with viruses or bacteria, such as Legionella pneumophila and SARS-CoV-2, with inactivation efficiency of more than 99% in less than 15 msec. This gives the Kair Laser an exceptional advantage over currently available sterilization systems, providing the ability to prevent direct person-to-person transmission of pathogens in a safe, rapid, efficacious, and environmentally conscious manner.”

Congratulations Roman!