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Tane61   Sunday, 02/10/19 12:03:28 AM
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Ecolab Inc. acquires Bioquell PLC for $178 million

Ecolab Closes on Purchase of Bioquell

January 16, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ecolab Inc. announced today that it has closed on its previously announced acquisition of Bioquell PLC (LSE: BQE), a leading provider of hydrogen peroxide vapor bio-decontamination systems and services for the life sciences and healthcare industries. Headquartered in Andover, U.K., Bioquell’s 2017 sales were approximately £29 million ($37 million). Total consideration payable to shareholders following anticipated option exercises will be approximately £139 million ($178 million), subject to determination of the final share count.



Biofilms & BioxyQuell (no toxic gaseous ozone used)

Does AOP eliminate biofilm?

Yes – the scientific literature contains many examples of biofilm reduction and elimination by AOP. These include:

72 hour MRSA biofilm eliminated in 30 seconds using 3.6ppm AOP

3 week old biofilms of E.faecalis, C.albicans and P.aeruginosa eliminated in 1 minute using 20ppm AOP

P.aeruginosa biofilm was reduced by 99.99% using 3.2ppm applied for 5 minutes

Oxygen peroxide has been used to eliminate and control biofilm within water cooling systems for many years. It is also used in dialysis units to prevent and control biofilm formation within dialysis equipment lines.



Aqueous oxygen peroxide (AOP)

Aqueous oxygen peroxide or AOP is a solution produced by entraining oxygen peroxide into a body of purified water. Oxygen peroxide, also known as tri-atomic oxygen or ozone, is produced by using energy to break apart molecules of oxygen (O2) into single atoms of oxygen (O). In this high energy environment a proportion of the oxygen atoms recombine in groups of 3, to form oxygen peroxide (O3).

AOP and oxygen peroxide has a long history of use across a wide range of industries as a safe antimicrobial. For example oxygen peroxide is used to remove contaminants and microbiological organisms from drinking water. Other uses include the disinfection of swimming pools and spas and the removal of microbiological organisms from food processing equipment.

Oxygen peroxide is an unstable molecule, preferring to exist in the more stable di-atomic (O2) form. This instability is the reason why oxygen peroxide is an excellent antimicrobial. Oxygen peroxide oxidises microbiological organisms disrupting their structures (such as cell walls) and the metabolic processes that they carry out. Unlike antibiotics, which rely on specific targets within or on the surface of a micro-organism, oxygen peroxide is non-specific, attacking the micro-organism at multiple points. This multi-site attack makes it extremely difficult for organisms to develop resistance to AOP.

AOP is produced in-situ, at the point of use, from oxygen and water and rapidly converts back to oxygen and water once applied. Bioquell has developed the BioxyQuell wound treatment system, which is capable of producing high concentration AOP solutions in this manner.


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