PA Consulting has partnered with Hydroxyl Technologies (HTL) to develop Airora Professional, a decontamination device based on hydroxyl radicals that actively combats airborne and surface viral and bacterial infections.

Hydroxyls rapidly react with viruses and bacteria, destroying their cell walls and genetic material to neutralise them without harming humans or animals.

HTL co-founder and chair Lorraine Baldry said: “PA is an expert in combining ingenious innovation with rapid product development. To support our fight against COVID-19 and protect lives, we have a mutual goal of getting this technology into the world as soon as possible.”

PA Consulting and HTL are looking for commercial partners to rapidly scale up manufacturing of the devices, having already tested the technology at various laboratories around the world, including the UK Health Protection Agency at Porton Down.