Environmental Protection

UH Study to Evaluate Treatment for Beach Contamination

The University of Hawaii recently began a nine-month study of CupriDyne™, the centerpiece of the BioLargo Inc.'s technology, and its effectiveness as part of a solution to remediate beach contamination, according to a July 29 press release

The study is being conducted by Roger Fujioka, Ph.D., at the University of Hawaii's Water Resources Research Center, at the request of the state's Department of Health and the city and county of Honolulu. These agencies have expressed interest in the results of the study and CupriDyne's potential to help remediate beach contamination.

The study will evaluate the effectiveness of CupriDyne to disinfect multiple microorganisms commonly found at contaminated beaches, including E. coli, using standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"We welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. Fujioka and the team of experts at the University of Hawaii to advance the commercialization of our BioLargo technology," said Dennis Calvert, BioLargo's president and chief executive officer. "We believe that our environmentally friendly technology has the potential to represent a significant advancement in helping protect the beach environment."

"At this time there is no effective and feasible treatment for sand contamination," Fujioka said, "and all affected states within the U.S., including Hawaii, are looking for an effective and environmentally friendly solution."

BioLargo, Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is engaged in pre-licensing and product evaluation with strategic partners to leverage a suite of patented and patent-pending intellectual property, the BioLargo technology. The technology harnesses and delivers nature's best disinfectant – iodine – in a safe, efficient, environmentally sensitive and cost-effective manner.

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