25th January 2021

Scientists at the University of Liverpool, as part of a consortium involving businesses in the area, have secured a trio of Innovate UK grants to develop new anti-viral technology designed to limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through touching contaminated surfaces.

The group involves researchers from the establishment’s Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces alongside local industry and partners.

It will use funding to create anti-viral surfaces that will mitigate the potential of the virus to spread from surfaces that people come into regular contact with.

The first two projects are in partnership with Gencoa and its supply chain, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and will involve end-users Northern Rail and Alder Hey.

The final one is being developed with Biaccon, which is supported by several collaborators including BIRA.

Professor Rasmita Raval, director at the Open Innovation Hub for antimicrobial surfaces, said: “Anti-viral surfaces are at the frontline of Covid-19 control and new surface-based technologies have the potential to break and contain chains of transmission.

“This project creates an excellent opportunity to translate our state-of-the-art surface science research into the region’s innovation pipeline and help our regional SME companies to create new products that will enable key sectors in our city and the UK to open up again.”

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25th January 2021