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Ships' woes a boon to Biosafety
BY PATRICK DANNER
CLEANSER: Biosafety CEO Heinz Niedermaier, left, and President Kenneth Rush are
predicting sales of about $400,000 for the year. CANDACE WEST / Herald Staff.
The stomach virus
that's recently plagued cruise ships has caused headaches for cruise-line executives
and bellyaches for many of their passengers, but it's been anything but a nuisance
for Sunrise's Biosafety USA.
fledgling company has been supplying some of the cruise lines with Virkon, a white
powder with a lemon scent that when mixed with warm water acts as a cleanser and
kills 580 viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores,'' said Heinz J. Niedermaier, Biosafety's
chief executive. Besides stopping the Norwalk-like virus, Virkon prevents the
spread of smallpox, Hepatitis, salmonella and E. coli, according to Biosafety.
secured the rights to exclusively distribute the product, produced in the United
Kingdom by Antec International, in the United States in February. It wasn't until
August that Biosafety received its first shipment -- two 40-foot containers holding
a total of about 25 tons.
outbreaks of the serious stomach virus began infecting hundreds of cruise-ship
passengers last month, demand for Virkon took off. Disney Cruise Line and Holland
America Line, which both had to deal with sick passengers, used Virkon to clean
and disinfect ships. Ship workers scrubbed tables, chairs, railings and other
fixtures with the yellow liquid. The number of cruise ships using Virkon stands
at 54, Niedermaier said.
were overwhelmed by the speed of the orders,'' said Kenneth P. Rush, Biosafety's
president. The outbreak ``forced people to look at the product more carefully
and recognize its qualities. Had the outbreak not occurred, obviously it would
have taken longer.''
through the end of the year were originally projected to be about $68,000 for
Biosafety. Now, though, Biosafety said its sales will be about $400,000 for the
year. And the $8 million in sales projected for next year has been scrapped; it
hasn't revised projections yet.
sells Virkon in four different sizes, ranging from a box with 100 10-gram packets
that sells for $144 to a 5-kilogram can priced at $165. Virkon works as a 1 percent
solution, or one part Virkon to 100 parts water.
for Disney and Holland America confirmed they have used Virkon, but the Disney
spokesman said it only used Virkon once and not since. He didn't know why Disney
isn't using it anymore. Carnival Cruise Lines doesn't use Virkon, relying instead
on a chlorine bleach-based solution and a sanitizing liquid known as Micro Bac
II, made by Ecolab of St. Paul, Minn.
Dougherty, president of AA Trauma, a Margate-based bio-hazard cleanup company,
learned about Virkon while assisting with the scrub-down of cruise ships.
used it, and I like it a lot,'' Dougherty said. ``This stuff is wonderful. It
doesn't seem to create problems for the different surfaces.''
has advantages over other cleaning solutions, Niedermaier said. Unlike a mixture
of water and chlorine, which he said begins to degrade after 20 minutes, Virkon
remains effective for a week once it's mixed with water. The powder has a shelf
life of three years. And Virkon can be used on ''soft surfaces'' like carpets
and upholstery without causing damage, he said.
kind to the environment, it's kind to people, but it's really effective,'' said
Jeannette Hameder, director of Antec's human-health division in Velden, Austria.
was created by Hameder's father, European chemist Thomas Auchincloss, in the early
1980s as a biosecurity measure in dealing with diseases that strike farm animals,
like foot and mouth. Niedermaier was childhood friends in Austria with Hameder's
husband, Herbert Hameder, and followed Virkon's development closely.
Virkon was developed for use with animals, Antec saw an opportunity to expand
its use with humans, Hameder said.
first efforts were concentrated in the hospital market, were infections were a
problem and they needed a disinfectant they could use throughout the hospital,''
said he assisted Antec gratis in getting Environmental Protection Agency approval
to use Virkon as a cleaner and disinfectant in the United States. That happened
in 1998, but Antec was too busy handling demand from other markets around the
globe to find a distributor in the United States.
Niedermaier lost his job when American Classic Voyage went bankrupt, he began
entertaining the idea of becoming Virkon's U.S. distributor. He approached Rush
and Peter Novick, who co-own Benham Security Systems, about joining him. The trio
developed a business plan and pooled $1 million to land the distribution rights.
Novick serves as Biosafety's chairman.
are a variety of commercial and institutional uses for Virkon, Niedermaier said,
including schools, hospitals, laboratories and food-processing plants. Biosafety
eventually wants to snare 10 percent of the $3 billion disinfectant market. That
doesn't include the household market, which Biosafety hopes it will one day get
approval to market.
not a better Lysol,'' Rush said. ''We're a new category'' of disinfectant.