NovaSterilis wins army contract


NovaSterilis has been won a contract to provide its supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2 ) sterilisation equipment to the US army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC).

NovaSterilis will also provide NSRDEC with guidance on applications of supercritical CO2 for its Combat Feeding Programme. This programme, which designed and developed Meals Ready to Eat for combat troops, will conduct research and product development utilising the NovaSterilis' Nova 2200 SCCO2 unit.  Working together, the organisation will focus on improving product shelf life, quality, safety and taste.

NovaSterilis develops and commercialises applications for supercritical CO2.  The initial commercial application, sterilisation of biomedical materials, has resulted in two US patents. The process is discussed in the March issue of Med-Tech Innovation (

David C. Burns, the company's President and CEO said, "We look forward to assisting NSRDEC with our extensive knowledge of the properties and applications of SCCO2. We have introduced the biomedical community to the benefits of using SCCO2 for terminal sterilisation, now we have the opportunity to work with the best researchers at NSRDEC developing better tasting, healthier and safer food products for the women and men serving our country in the military."

Four tissue banks currently sell allograft tissue sterilised utilising NovaSterilis technology and several innovative medical device firms are developing products utilising the sterilisation process.

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