PreventaMed announces deal with Illinois firm  

Freeman Staff

Sept. 16, 2014

Jeff Veenhuis, CEO of PreventaMed Technologies, left welcomes Gov. Scott Walker to the company’s new 16,260 square-foot facility in Waukesha on Monday morning. Gunner Lyslo, CEO of Surfacide, is pictured on the right. Walker was there to describe his Wisconsin Comeback plan.
 Submitted photo

WAUKESHA - PreventaMed Technologies has announced a partnership with a Naperville, Ill., firm to make and distribute a disinfection system to hospitals worldwide.

PreventaMed, a maker of medical products, will work with Naperville’s Surfacide, Inc., to make equipment to disinfect surfaces using ultraviolet light called the Helios. It eradicates multi-drug resistant organisms, including C. Diff, MRSA, VRE, CRE and Acinetobacter from hard surface areas, a press release said.

As a result of its partnership with Surfacide, PreventaMed recently moved into a larger, 16,260 square-foot facility in Waukesha and is expecting to add up to 15 jobs over the next 12 months.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection, roughly one in every 20 hospitalized patients acquires an infection during the course of receiving treatment for another condition. To help combat hospital-acquired infections, the Surfacide Helios system uses three ultraviolet emitters to clean all areas of a patient environment, including the bathroom and other hard-to-reach areas.

The Surfacide Helios UV-C hard surface disinfection system is already available in the U.S. and European markets. PreventaMed is also working with officials in Sierra Leone to help with the recent Ebola outbreak, the release said.