Battelle brings 'game changer' mask sanitizing technology to cities across the country

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Technology developed by Columbus-based Battelle is helping to save the lives of health care workers across the country.

The nonprofit has created a Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS). This technology is capable of decontaminating up to 80,000 N95 respirator masks each day. Battelle said the masks can be safely reused up to 20 times.

In April, the Pentagon announced a $415 million contract with Battelle. It allows the nonprofit to set up 60 sites across the country where masks will be decontaminated free of cost to health care providers.

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“Since bringing the first system online, we have received hundreds of requests for CCDS systems and services,” said Matt Vaughan, Battelle’s Contract Research President in a news release. “The contract awarded to Battelle will allow us to staff additional systems to provide a continuous buffer against current and future N95 supply chain challenges. Battelle is thankful for the federal government’s support, including the teams at FEMA, DLA, and HHS. We are especially appreciative of the efforts of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who helped facilitate key conversations in a very short timeframe.”

10TV talked with Jon Coyle who is leading the site in Somerville, Massachusetts near Boston.

"At Battelle, we pride ourselves on being a company of solvers, and right now we have people saying, 'Let's be part of the solution,'" Coyle said. "We are cranking out masks. It makes me really proud to be part of this company."

Coyle said he has a team of 18 people. Many of them work 12-16 hour shifts in order to ensure a short turnaround for providers.

"I think it gives us a lot of motivation to do our job well and do it right," he said. "'[We are] making sure they are getting the best of the product."

If you have questions about the CCDS, click here.

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