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“Shuttlebration” Patron’s Cell Phones get put to the ATP Test by Mat Fitzgerald

Patho-Gen will be setup at Space Center Houston’s "Shuttlebration Weekend" to swab test cell phones for germs and other contaminants.


HOUSTON – Patho-Gen, LLC, will be set-up at Space Center Houston’s “Shuttlebration Weekend,” Sunday morning, June 3, testing patron’s cellular phones for adenosine triphosphate using the Hygiena SystemSURE Plus™ ATP Hygiene Monitoring System with the Ultrasnap swab testing devices. The higher the test reading, the “dirtier” the surface tested. A Patho-Gen service technician will be on-hand to explain the demonstration as a matter of public health and the importance of understanding our environment from this scientific and educational perspective. Patho-Gen recommends that you be prepared to be surprised.

According to the manufacturer, Hygiena, LLC, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is “[…] the universal energy molecule found in all animal, plant, bacteria, yeast and mold cells. Residues, particularly food or organic residue, contain large amounts of ATP. When left on a surface, residues can harbor and grow bacteria, cause cross-contamination, develop biofilm and many other problems […].”

“By testing surfaces in our environment, also know as ‘fomites,’ which are high-contact surfaces like cell phones, we can determine what an environment looks like numerically in terms of cleanliness,” said Mat Fitzgerald, the owner of Patho-Gen, LLC, a local small business and formal disinfecting company in the Greater Houston area, and a Consultant for a national disease prevention organization that markets PRONTECH™ and TopSani® in the United States.  PRONTECH™ and TopSani® are products of United Promotions, Inc., of Atlanta.

Patho-Gen works with local business owners to put together an appropriate disinfecting program to meet that organization’s public health goals.

Space Center Houston began working with Patho-Gen in May under Patho-Gen’s “Partnership in Public Health” campaign. Patho-Gen currently formally disinfects specific high-traffic areas and exhibits within the Space Center Houston facility.

“We offer a non-toxic, EPA-registered, U.S. patented molecule-based product for disinfecting – and odor control – yet Patho-Gen is not a cleaning service. At a substantial discount to outdated toxic and less effective disinfecting treatments our products are sold in granule form and when combined with water, are used for disinfecting with a handheld misting unit. Also, our hand sanitizer is offered in a 2, 8, or 32 oz. bottle, or wall dispenser (manual or touch-free),” according to Mat.

”What makes our products strikingly unique is the patented technology, mode of action, efficacy, low cost/high return, and residual effect,” says Mat.

PRONTECH™ is a non-toxic quaternary ammonium cation-based compound but unlike moderately safe first, second, and third-generation “quats,” PRONTECH™ is effective in the presence of organic matter, and has a tolerance level to work in hard water up to 550PPM of CaCO3. PRONTECH™ is a compound – a new patented molecule – that is both hydrophilic and lipophilic, having both an affinity for water, and is able to dissolve in lipids – oily organic compounds. This compound has a perfect orientation of the interfaces that make possible the destruction of the cytoplasmatic membrane of microorganisms. PRONTECH™ reduces 56% of water tension which allows it to penetrate surfaces rapidly and efficiently where other biocides are unable to reach. PRONTECH™ has a neutral pH; however, it can operate in a range of 3-11, and is 100% biodegradable in all sewage systems.

PRONTECH™ for misting fights against all known pathogenic microorganisms safely – and not with harsh chemicals – including bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae, mold and mildew, allergens, and odor. Without the exclusion of any known pathogen, pathogens cannot build up a resistance to PRONTECH™, which saves organizations time and money. PRONTECH™ can be used to disinfect laundry and food-preparation surfaces, and is so versatile it can be used to wash fruits and vegetables without follow-up rinsing; yet it also carries the industrial capacity to remove bio-film.

The Disinfector1 misting unit makes a non-toxic Ultra Low Volume disinfectant mist (ULV within 20 to 35 microns) so fine that it penetrates the nooks and crannies without moisture build-up. Safe on all surfaces, it will not damage equipment including electronic equipment, fabrics, upholstery, wallpaper, wood, or counter surfaces. It’s fast and easy, and can provide residual protection against harmful pathogens including odor for up to five days.

Also TopSani® being a non-alcohol-based hand sanitizer will not dry out a user’s hands. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers only kill pathogens and bacteria on contact if they work effectively at all, while TopSani® provides residual protection against harmful pathogens and bacteria for more than four hours.

For more information regarding Patho-Gen services please contact Mat Fitzgerald directly at 713.302.1165.


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