Ozone Purification secures investment to accelerate market launch
OZO’s technology uses electricity to transform water and salt into disinfectants for food production and processing industries.
It is trialling products with industry and expects first sales in 2016.
The firm claims it reduces the power, water and hazardous chemicals used to clean and disinfect manufacturing environments and boosts food safety and shelf life by killing bacteria on food surfaces.
It said such claims have been proven with prospective customers during trials but the results are not published.
Disinfectants are made from food safe salts and water and once used the firm said they revert to salt and water and are safe to be discharged to the drain subject to environmental agency or water boards regulations.
Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, said it was the first investment for it outside of the US.
“Astia Angels’ member investors around the globe are participating in this deal: from Silicon Valley, New York and Boston to London and Frankfurt, reflecting the truly global nature of our network and our vast ability to identify high growth potential companies led by women.”
OZO’s cleaning and disinfectant products can be manufactured on site by customers. They can replace hazardous chemicals and reduces the cleaning cycle time and the water and energy used.
Washing fresh produce in OZO’s products kills bacteria and viruses that cause spoilage and food poisoning, said the company.
It plans to launch products in the UK market and expand into mainland Europe and North America in the medium term.
Anthony James, Wheatsheaf Group’s chief investment officer, said: “OZO is an innovative electrolyzed water production platform with proprietary chemistry that has proven its potential utility to impact the food production and processing sectors. It further strengthens our portfolio of businesses that seek to make better use of global resources.”