When I spoke with Dilip Goswami last year about where he and his sister, Jaya Rao, were taking the company, he briefly mentioned that they’d begun medical trials, partnering with hospitals to conduct trials.
Well, those plans have finally come to fruition, and just in time too. The new Molekule Air Pro RX is the company’s new professional device for health care facilities. Cleared by the FDA as a Class II medical device, the purifier is ready to roll out (literally) right away and has been adopted by Mercyhealth in their facilities.
What Is It?
One glance is all you need to know that this is not your average Molekule purifier. The large grey cabinet (that still manages to sneak in the company’s logo and tagline) is a simple rectangle on wheels, meant to be easily wiped down and quickly deployed wherever it’s needed.
It employs the same PECO tech as Molekule’s at-home purifiers, but at a much larger scale. With two large-format filters in the body of the unit, one pre-filter and one PECO filter, it’s like your Molekule Air at home.
Operation is simple and easy, with a single airflow knob and power button. At its lowest airflow volume, it only generates 60 dBa of noise—about the rate that you get with a normal conversation. At the highest setting the decibel level goes up to 80, or about the level of a blender or coffee grinder.
There’s no Wi-Fi on the unit (as there is with Molekule’s consumer devices). The FDA generally frowns upon devices generating wireless signals that are superfluous to their core function.
Like Molekule’s consumer-grade products, the Pro RX doesn’t generate ozone and doesn’t disturb airflow. Both are important factors in FDA certification. It’s best deployed in large areas like waiting rooms, ORs, and other large critical spaces with heavy traffic over 600 sq. ft.
Does It Work?
In a third-party study of the Molekule Pro RX it eliminated 99.9477% of a stand-in novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in 1 hour of operation. In 24, it had killed 99.9997%. In the medical trials conducted by Mercyhealth they found usage of Molekule devices in their pediatric wing reduced the overall length of hospital stays and reduced rates of intubation, nebulizer usage, and non-invasive ventilation.
Since viruses are destroyed on the filter medium, the risk of exposure remains extremely low for anyone changing the filter once it’s used up. Since it moves such a large volume of air, however, you’ll want to make sure you set aside a chunk of budget for those filters – it’s recommended that they be changed weekly.
How Do I Get It?
Well, first you have to be a healthcare facility. If you’re not, Molekule does have an Air Pro (no RX) industrial solution that they can provide for your facility. Either way, you can head to Molekule’s site to get started.
It’s such a simple thing, but often overlooked. Sanitizing surfaces is important, but creating cleaner air in healthcare facilities can save lives and make treatment more effective. The Molekule Air Pro RX can easily be deployed, without time-consuming HVAC work, to do just that. Knowing how effective their consumer devices can be, I hope that we see wide adoption of Molekule’s new tech.