Aereus News

PRESS RELEASE: Aereus Technologies Announces New Board Member - OCT. 13, 2015

Michelle Berelowitz

Aereus Technologies (, a Canadian Biotech company specializing in copper alloy-based technologies, is introducing seven new members to its Board of Directors. These additions are expected to add a wealth of experience from public and private industry leaders across the healthcare, business, finance, law, and public affairs sectors.

“With a strong Board providing insight and governance, the operational team can focus on growth, achieving critical goals, and continuing the development of Aereus’ innovative health and safety technologies,” says Michelle Berelowitz, CEO of Aereus Technologies.

PRESS RELEASE: Aereus Technologies Inc and Techlem Medical Corporation Announce License Agreement - DEC. 1, 2014

Michelle Berelowitz

Aereus Technologies Inc is pleased to announce the company entered into a licensing agreement with Techlem Medical Corporation in 2014.  Under the license agreement Techlem Patient Handling and Patient Transportation Equipment will offer products coated with Aereus Shield™ to hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Press release: Aereus Technologies´ patent application relating to its’ coatings, coated surfaces and methods of production granted in Canada. - OCT. 31, 2014

Michelle Berelowitz

Aereus Technologies received a notice of allowance from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) on July 18, 2014 stating that it intends to grant Aereus Technologies’ Canadian patent application relation to the company’s coatings, coated surfaces and method of production. Aereus Technologies’ sells the coating service under the name Aereus Shield. (more…)

How to get a much-needed health care product to market - AUG. 26, 2014

Michelle Berelowitz

Published in the Financial Post, Aug. 26, 2014

A Toronto-based startup has invented a novel solution for a major problem faced by hospitals: health care acquired infections, or HAIs. The challenge will be in persuading the health care industry to consider it’s product in the lengthy procurement process.

Representatives from the company demonstrated Aereus Technologies’s proprietary Aereus Shield — a copper-based antimicrobial spray that can be applied to virtually any surface — at the Infection Prevention and Control Convention in Halifax this past May.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 8,000 hospital patients die in this country each year from HAIs, creating a significant draw on the health system. HAIs cost U.S. healthcare as much as $45-billion a year, according to a 2009 study by the Center for Disease Control.

No similar study was done in Canada, but using a 10:1 ratio to scale down for the population difference, it can be estimated that HAIs cost the country’s health care system up to $4.5-billion a year, said Dr. Jocelyn Srigley, associate medical director of infection prevention and control at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Health care professionals know we need better ways to keep infections down, and they already have several sanitation measures in place. Aereus would be in addition to what they are doing, Dr. Srigley said.

Aereus has a handful of investors on board and it receives a Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit from the government. As well, MaRS, a public-private partnership start up hub in Toronto, is guiding the company through the funding process. The product is still in the early stages, so sales projections are not available at this time.

“One of the things we rely on heavily is industry partners who can see the value of the product, and are willing to be early adopters and work with us to work out some of the kinks as we develop what we are doing,” said Michelle Berelowitz, co-chief executive of Aereus.

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Copper coatings could reduce infections, kill superbugs and cut costs, Hospital News - FEB. 1, 2014

Michelle Berelowitz

Published in Hospital News, p. 32, Feb. 1, 2014

In an effort to drive down infection rates, hospitals are always looking for new ways to minimize the spread of bacteria. Last year, one hospital evaluated a promising new antimicrobial tool: copper alloy coatings. Recently tested in Toronto General Hospital, Aereus Shield, a thermally sprayed metal coating, was shown to reduce bacterial burden by two-thirds on patient touch surfaces.

Led by Dr. Allison McGeer and Dr. Michael Gardam, infectious disease consultants at Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network, the 265-day clinical trial compared bacterial load on copper coated surfaces versus plastic touch surfaces.

The study took place in the hospital’s busy outpatient waiting room. Half of the plastic patient chair arms were coated with copper. Researchers swabbed the copper arms and control plastic arms to identify the strains and amount of bacteria on each surface.

Despite regular cleaning, the median bacterial colony count was 66 per cent lower in Aereus Shield samples. Furthermore, no superbugs, including MRSA, VRE and Enterobacteriaceae; were identified on the copper coating. University Health Network presented the trial’s impressive results at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherarpy (ICAAC) in Nov. 2013.

McGeer anticipated these findings.

“Copper is the only substance that we know persistently kills bacteria on contact,” commented McGeer. “Our study confirmed that, like solid copper, copper alloy coatings have persistent antimicrobial activity and could be valuable in healthcare settings.”

If copper is such an effective antimicrobial, one can’t help but wonder: “Why isn’t it used more often?”

Facing tight budgets, hospital procurement officials are hesitant to purchase solid copper equipment for three simple reasons: it’s expensive, difficult to manufacture and tarnishes over time – until now.

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Copper coating used to reduce spread of bacteria, Canadian Healthcare Technology - NOV. 21, 2013

Michelle Berelowitz

Published in Canadian Healthcare Technology, Nov. 21, 2013

TORONTO – Always looking for new ways to reduce hospital-acquired infections, Canadian hospitals may have found one in a new/old technology. Used in medicine for millennia, copper, a powerful EPA-certified antimicrobial, was recently tested in a busy Toronto hospital waiting room.

Developed at the University of Toronto, Aereus Shield’s non-tarnishing copper alloy coating may show promising antimicrobial activity. “Copper is the only antimicrobial surface that we know reduces bacterial counts in patient environments,” said Dr. Allison McGeer, infectious disease consultant and microbiologist, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Fascinated with the potential for copper surfaces to drastically lower hospital-acquired infection rates, McGeer oversaw a recent 265-day clinical study in a Toronto General Hospital waiting room. The study had significant results. Aereus Shield chairs consistently reduced bacterial colony counts by two-thirds when compared to sterilized plastic chairs in the same waiting room.

“Our study at Toronto General Hospital showed that copper alloy coatings have persistent antimicrobial activity,” commented McGeer. “Covering commonly-touched surfaces with these coatings could be highly valuable in healthcare settings.”

McGeer presented Aereus Shield’s trial results at an international infection control conference, the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Aereus Technologies unveiled hospital equipment coated with Aereus Shield for the first time at HealthAchieve’s recent conference, held earlier this month.

“Our primary focus is patient safety and wellness,” said Dr. Karim Keshavjee, director of medical and regulatory affairs, Aereus Technologies. “Hand-washing and regular cleaning are important aspects of infection prevention and control, but Aereus Shield presents an additional opportunity to kill bacteria before transmission can take place.”

Although Aereus Shield is 70 percent copper, the silver-coloured coating looks and feels nothing like a copper penny. Its proprietary combination of alloys makes it non-tarnishing, wear-resistant and durable. Applied using a patented thermal spray process, the metal can coat nearly any solid surface – even heat-sensitive wood, plastics, composites, tiles and inexpensive metals.

Its manufacturing flexibility provides Aereus Shield with market opportunities that extend far beyond healthcare. Aereus Technologies has coated many touch surfaces that are used on a daily basis: door handles, pens, grab bars, sinks, toilet handles, push plates, flooring tiles and more. Canadian food processing companies, appliance retailers and dental equipment suppliers have also approached the local coating company.

Founded in 2009, Aereus Technologies is a Toronto-based copper coating company that employs 10 people. It retails two variations of Aereus Shield copper coatings: Aereus Shield Silver for touch surfaces and Aereus Shield Gold for HVAC, food processing, and the marine industry.

HealthAchieve’s flu clinic hosts Aereus Shield demo - NOV. 8, 2013

Michelle Berelowitz
Flu clinic chair covered with bacteria-killing copper coating Aereus

Flu clinic chair covered with bacteria-killing copper coating Aereus

Hundreds of HealthAchieve-goers were vaccinated at the flu shot clinic on Monday and Tuesday. While getting their flu shot, they may have been sitting in a chair coated with Aereus Shield. 

The Teknion chairs used in Aereus’s demonstrations had one arm coated with brushed aluminum. Both arms were cleaned with Clorox wipes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning to simulate common hospital infection control practices. On Tuesday evening the flu clinic chair was swabbed and evaluated using an ATP meter*:

Brushed aluminum chair arm: 6825 RLU
Aereus Shield chair arm: 222 RLU

Aereus Shield reduced bacterial load by 96.8 per cent.

Aereus Technologies would like to thank HealthAchieve’s flu clinic staff for participating in the study. 
* When adenosine triphosphate (ATP) from bacterial cells is mixed with Luciferase, it emits light. By measuring how many relative light units (RLU) are on the swab, the ATP meter calculates live bacteria counts.

Copper coatings could reduce hospital-acquired infections, study shows - NOV. 4, 2013

Michelle Berelowitz
Aereus Shield (Nov. 3)

This hospital equipment display at HealthAchieve may look ordinary, but it is coated with a secret weapon: copper. Shown to persistently reduce bacterial burden by two-thirds, Aereus Shield copper alloy coating will be showcased in HealthAchieve’s new product showcase.

Bacteria-killing copper coatings will be highlighted at HealthAchieve

TORONTO – Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ – Used in medicine for millennia, copper, an EPA-certified antimicrobial, was recently tested at Toronto General Hospital. The study evaluated a cost-effective, non-tarnishing copper coating that reduced bacterial burden by two-thirds.

“Our study showed that copper coatings have persistent antimicrobial activity,” said Allison McGeer, infectious disease consultant, Mount Sinai Hospital. “These coatings could be highly valuable in healthcare settings.”

HealthAchieve guests will witness Aereus Shield’s efficacy during live demonstrations.

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Copper better than stainless steel for food safety, scientists say - OCT. 20, 2013

Michelle Berelowitz

New studies show that reducing HAIs could save Ontario hospitals $400 million per year - SEP. 17, 2013

Michelle Berelowitz