For example, in 2009, with the help of an independent testing organization, Panasonic demonstrated the effect of hydroxyl radicals contained in water against bird flu and new strains of influenza. And in 2012, in collaboration with an independent testing organization in Germany, we conducted virus clearance testing that showed the effectiveness of the technology against the four types of viruses (with and without envelope, DNA type and RNA type). Based on this we announced that hydroxyl radicals contained in water can be expected to have an inhibitory effect on new, unknown viruses. While it had already seemed clear that the activity of hydroxyl radicals contained in water could be expected to inhibit the activity of viruses, this verification was a highly significant milestone.
Another key focus of our ongoing research is efforts to increase the effect of hydroxyl radicals contained in water by increasing the concentration of radicals generated. Working to address the growing risks associated with air quality the world faces today, Panasonic is pressing forward with its research into more advanced devices.
The need for air quality improvement knows no borders. Panasonic will continue to pursue the potential of hydroxyl radicals contained in water, applying technology to enhance air quality and contribute to the health and quality of life of people worldwide.