San Francisco-based R‑Zero, a startup formed during the pandemic to make ultraviolet disinfecting machines for commercial and institutional customers, said on Wednesday it raised $41.5 million to help automate its process and make it more efficient.
While hospitals have been using UV‑C lights for decades to disinfect operating rooms, the technology was not widely adopted because the machinery was expensive, said Ben Boyer, a co-founder of R‑Zero.
R‑Zero, formed in April last year, makes its UV‑C light banks on wheels in San Jose. The company said it has booked $15 million in sales to schools, restaurants, senior care facilities, sports arenas and jails, through a subscription model that starts at $17 a day.
“The idea of taking an approach that has been terrible for our planet and equally terrible for the applicators or the folks that have not had a voice to speak up for themselves” and eliminating the chemicals from it, said Ehrenpreis, fit with the goal of his venture capital firm DBL Partners.
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