On January 21, 2020, the first person in the U.S. was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Everett, Washington – our hometown. Shortly thereafter a major outbreak occurred at a nearby nursing home and many succumbed to the virus. At this same time, my first child, America Piper, was born. Sitting in the hospital with my newborn daughter and my wife Jenae, nothing mattered more to me than protecting them from this disease.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continued to grow, like so many Americans, so too did our apprehension and alarm. Our family business rushed to implement safety guidelines and work-from-home policies, and wondered how we could make a difference in the battle against COVID-19.
Our company has always been at the forefront of lighting and technology innovation, so when my brother Aaron suggested we revive our UVC technology to fight the virus, my family and our employees were all in. With 25 years’ experience in LED and lamp fixture technology, we had the engineering and lighting expertise, as well as U.S. manufacturing to produce products to fight the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“We wondered how we could make a difference in the battle against SARS-CoV-2.”
I couldn’t help but envision what the world would look like with UVC technology being used to fight viruses. Healthcare facilities could inactivate viruses in surgical suites and patient rooms. Hotels could reduce the spread of airborne viruses in guest rooms and public spaces. Schools could create cleaner classroom air. Employers could create cleaner offices and conference rooms. There’s a virtually endless list of places where UVC light technology can be used to protect indoor environments by reducing the spread of viruses like SARS-CoV-21. And with that vision, Safeology™ was born.
Our engineering, software and R&D teams quickly began developing new UVC solutions. We assembled a Scientific Advisory Board of experts in infectious disease, microbiology, and bioengineering to guide and oversee our efforts. And within a few months of prototyping and testing, we were ready for large-scale manufacturing of UVC cleaning products.
Over the last 25 years our team has manufactured millions of lighting products with tens of thousands of installations in hotels, hospitals, senior living facilities, airports, stadiums, corporate headquarters, restaurants, apartments, and homes. For our customers, as for most Americans, COVID-19 has devastated their businesses and their lives. Safeology was created for them, our families, and our country.
Our mission is to help us all return to work, take back our lives, and restore our communities by using the science of light to deactivate viruses and create cleaner spaces.
Jim Mischel, CEO