Blue Ocean Robotics has been nominated for a prestigious European award together with its subsidiary UVD Robots and with Odense University Hospital. The award is given to the European consortium that is the absolute best in turning research into business in the robotics industry. The winner that knows the art of combining science and growth will receive the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award this week. The Danish consortium is nominated for the mobile disinfection robot UVD Robots, which addresses the global task of infection prevention.
Right now, Danish disinfection robots from UVD Robots in Odense are being shipped at great speed to areas most affected by the coronavirus. The invention helps authorities to prevent infection spread with more effective disinfection. With ultraviolet light, UVD robots can move around autonomously and disinfect and kill viruses and bacteria.
The invention is a result of an exemplary collaboration between Odense University Hospital and Blue Ocean Robotics. Together, they set the goal of solving the problem that too many patients get infections during hospitalization. In Denmark alone, the problem is so great that every year 50,000 patients get a hospital acquired infection, and more than 1,000 patients die as a direct consequence.
As part of a tender by the Hospital Partnership (Sygehuspartnerskabet), professor and chief physician, Hans Jørn Kolmos, started a collaboration on the development of the robot with Claus Risager, CEO at Blue Ocean Robotics, and his team. Later, Per Juul Nielsen and his team joined as the collaboration went from development to commercialization. Per is the CEO of UVD Robots, a subsidiary of Blue Ocean Robotics, specializing in distributing UVD robots to the world. In addition to the tremendous health and social benefits, there are also large sums of money involved in fighting hospital acquired infections. In Denmark alone, the infections are estimated to cost dkk 1 billion pr. year, while in the EU the number amounts to dkk 52 billion in treatment costs.
The parties created a solution that combines the latest technology in mobile robots with an ultraviolet light top module. The solution was tested at a hospital department where a high level of hygiene is crucial: namely at Odense University Hospital’s pediatric Department of Infectious Diseases. It was investigated how effectively you could eliminate the frequent occurrence of bacteria at the department. The navigation and usability of the robot were also assessed. The UVD robot can eliminate 99.999% of all bacteria within 10-15 minutes in a patient room. By using the robot as part of the cleaning cycle, the general occurrence of bacteria can be greatly reduced. Recent tests from a hospital in Taiwan shows that UVD robots used properly can reduce the number of bacteria by 77% in intensive care units and 83% in operating theaters. With such a large reduction, it is expected that there will be a significant reduction in the number of patients and staff who are infected, which is expected to be demonstrated by subsequent tests and measurements.
With a few UVD robots, an ordinary Danish hospital can disinfect patient rooms, intensive care units, operating theatres, offices, entrances and other relevant areas, so effectively that the hygiene benefits will ensure a payback time of 2 to 7 months.
Whether it will be the consortium from Europe’s “robot capital” Odense, that will win the competition for euRobotics’ Technology Transfer Award 2020, will be determined on March 4 at the European Robotics Forum 2020 (ERF2020) conference in Malaga, where each of the nominated consortia will present their results in bringing research to places where it makes a difference both society- and business wise.
euRobotics is a non profit organisation with base in Brussels. Its objective is to make robotics beneficial for Europe’s economy and society. With more than 250-member organisations, euRobotics also provides the European Robotics Community with a legal entity to engage in a public/private partnership with the European Commission, named SPARC, which has supported the robotics development with a budget of €700 million from 2014-2020. If the private companies’ investments are included, the total budget is €2.8 billion. euRobotics hosts the European Robotics Forum every year. In 2012, Odense was the setting for this event, which Claus Risager hosted.
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About Blue Ocean Robotics
Blue Ocean Robotics develops, produces and sells professional service robots primarily in healthcare, hospitality, construction and agriculture. The portfolio of robots includes brands like; UVD Robots, a mobile robot for disinfection; Beam Robots, a mobile telepresence robot for communication, social inclusion and CO2 reductions; PTR Robots, a mobile robot for safe patient handling and rehabilitation; and a handful of other service robots. Blue Ocean Robotics develops the robots from problem, idea and design to development, commercialization, and all the way to exit. Each robot is moved into its own subsidiary- venture company, making Blue Ocean Robotics the world’s first Robot Venture Factory. Among other things, Blue Ocean Robotics has won one of the robot industry’s most prestigious international awards, the IERA Award 2019.