WellAir, Dublin, Ireland, has acquired UV Innovators (UVI), a Cary, N.C.-based developer of medical-grade handheld UVC disinfection technology. In addition, the company announced that Todd M. Pope, executive chairman of UV Innovators, has been appointed president and CEO of WellAir.

WellAir’s mission is to mitigate airborne pathogens that lead to infectious diseases, including viruses, by delivering energy-efficient technologies that enable safe indoor spaces for the health and wellbeing of all individuals. The company says the combination of WellAir’s innovative air cleaning technology portfolio, along with UVI’s handheld UV surface disinfection device, creates a best-in-class platform.

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“Combining UVI’s handheld surface disinfecting device with WellAir’s best-in-class air cleaning platform creates a unique, broad spectrum and highly scalable solution to enable safe, healthy, and productive spaces for all individuals,” says Bill McCabe, chairman of the board of WellAir. “I am excited to have Todd join WellAir and to lead the company through its next stages of growth. His experience bringing innovative medical technologies to market on a global scale will be invaluable as we look to fulfill our mission to protect indoor spaces for all individuals.”

Upon closing, Pope will begin serving as WellAir’s president and chief executive officer. In addition, he currently serves as a board member with AdvaMed Accel.

“I am proud and energized to join the WellAir team at such an important inflection point, just weeks after receiving FDA clearance for the Defend 1050,” says Pope. “COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the need for advances in high-powered chemical-free disinfection and air purification technologies, in healthcare settings and everywhere people come together. The combination of these two companies creates a broad, innovative solution to meet the needs of organizations and industries around the world to enable safer living, working, and healing spaces.”

In addition to Pope, Nick Medendorp, PhD, UVI’s chief executive officer and co-founder, and Steve Grenon, UVI’s chief technology officer and co-founder, will join WellAir to serve in key executive roles.