The PathogenXOven is a sanitization device that will be located
at grocery store checkout lanes. PathogenXOven uses 22 mJ/cm2
UV-C light to offer 99.9% effective sanitization of surfaces.
UV-C is a type of ultraviolet light with a short wavelength that
damages the molecular structure of pathogens
such as bacteria and viruses.
UV-C prevents germs from reproducing by
breaking down its genetic material.
UV-C is much safer than using liquid, alcohol-based sanitizers or
bleach to disinfect groceries because
UV-C light is chemical free and food safe.
The PathogneXOven integrates easily into the normal grocery
store experience: The customer will load the cart onto the conveyor belt.
The groceries will pass through the PathogenXOven. Finally,
The sanitized items will exit the PathogenXOven
and the cashier will continue to scan and bag the groceries. The
UV-C lamp used in PathogenXOven is
fully contained within the walls
so that it is safe for customers and employees
to stand next to it during checkout.
The aluminum walls and thick rubber flaps ensure
that UV-C light is not leaked out of the PathogenXOven.
The mirrored internal surfaces are
engineered with a smooth geometry to
allow for uniformed UV-C light coverage in
the chamber area. The initial prototype of PathogenXOven
cost a total of $221.80 in materials to construct.
Our goal is to market the
PathogenXOven at $400, which would give us a
profit of $178.20 for each PathogenXOven
sold. New testing from Signify and Boston
University suggests that exposure of a UVC dose
similar to what the PathogenXOven uses for 25
seconds will inactivate SARS-CoV-2 with over 99.99% efficacy.