NAU Foundation receives donation of Puritize sanitization devices to combat COVID-19 on campus

Dan Okoli with a Puritize system

Northern Arizona University recently received a donation of Puritize ultraviolet light home sanitizing systems from Clean Light Laboratories, a Scottsdale-based technology-forward consumer products company. The patented tabletop devices, which have been scientifically proven to kill more than 99.9 percent of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—will be placed in strategic locations to help NAU faculty, staff and students fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The devices will be placed in Campus Health Services facilities, where students go for virus testing and medical treatments and the designated housing areas where students who have tested positive for COVID-19 stay during isolation.

“We are grateful to receive these Puritize Systems, which will help us in our mission of providing a high-quality education to all of our students, while we strive for a healthy campus,” said Daniel Okoli, vice president for capital planning and campus operations. “Our partnerships with Clean Light Laboratories and others throughout the state of Arizona are a critical part of NAU’s success.”

Clean Light Labs founder, Scottsdale entrepreneur Carrie Martz, has invested the last five years in the development of sanitizing solutions utilizing ultraviolet light.

“My mission has been to create scientifically proven products to keep people safe and healthy that are safe and most of all effective,” Martz said. “We are honored to provide NAU with our patented Puritize Systems to help them protect their staff and students from both the coronavirus and seasonal flu.”

NAU’s Pathogen and Microbiome Institute conducted the scientific testing of Puritize. The patented system underwent a CoV-2 Viral Plaque Formation Assay, with results showing more than 99.9 percent inactivation of the virus after just 10 minutes in the Puritize device.