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SAN ANTONIO –(June 1, 2012) — Xenex Healthcare Services, a fast-growing leader in portable room disinfection systems for healthcare facilities, today announced it is relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Austin to San Antonio this month. This move further strengthens San Antonio’s reputation as a leader in the bioscience and healthcare industry.
“Our city is committed to growing its strong portfolio of bioscience and healthcare companies and attracting medical device innovators like Xenex,” said Mayor Julián Castro. “Xenex will complement San Antonio’s existing assets and expertise in the field of Infectious Disease and will help us expand the local entrepreneurial talent pool that is vital to our 21st century economy.”
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and account for 100,000 deaths every year, costing the healthcare system approximately $30 billion. Xenex offers the fastest, safest, and most cost-effective method for the automated disinfection of healthcare facilities, such as patient rooms, operating rooms (ORs), and Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Xenex’s portable room disinfection system uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores in the patient environment without contact or chemicals. Uniquely designed for ease of use and portability, a hospital’s environmental services staff can operate the Xenex device without disrupting hospital operations or requiring the use of expensive chemicals. The Xenex system will disinfect dozens of rooms per day, so hospitals can use the system continuously to reduce contamination levels throughout their facilities.
“Xenex’s mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by preventing HAIs, which is a public health crisis in the U.S. and certainly for the citizens of San Antonio,” said Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex. “We greatly appreciate the city’s support in enabling us to provide some local hospitals with our device, which is capable of disinfecting a hospital room in just five minutes for $3, to help make the citizens of San Antonio safer.”
Xenex systems are currently in use by hospitals throughout the U.S. and have proven to be effective against a variety of the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridium difficile endospores (C. diff),MRSA, VRE and Acinetobacter. Studies show the Xenex room disinfection system is consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices. The company plans to conduct similar studies in San Antonio area hospitals as it continues expanding.
Growth in the bioscience and healthcare industry is a major focus of the SA 2020 vision and plan. According to the latest economic impact study on this industry by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, this industry employs one of every six members of the San Antonio workforce with an annual economic impact of approximately $24.5 billion.
About Xenex Healthcare Services:
Xenex develops pulsed xenon UV disinfection systems for the advanced cleaning of the patient environment in healthcare facilities. The Xenex system is the fastest, safest, most cost-effective, and most portable and easy to use system available today among room disinfection technologies. The Xenex mission is to significantly reduce the number of HAIs that impact the health and lives of millions of patients and their families and become the new standard method for disinfection in healthcare facilities worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.xenex.com.
A Model City for all America: San Antonio
San Antonio is a model city for the new face of America—a diverse, progressive and globally competitive city with a solid vision for national and international economic development. The City of San Antonio maintains a strong financial position with a “AAA” general obligation bond rating from all three major rating agencies. The Milken Institute has ranked San Antonio No. 1 on its Best-Performing Cities list. As the seventh-largest city in the United States, San Antonio is experiencing solid economic growth in 21st century industries such as bioscience and healthcare. Biotech companies and healthcare systems in San Antonio contribute billions to the local economy. The Aerospace industry remains a dominant economic strength in San Antonio with the presence of several aviation and aerospace corporations, including the military. The military has had a significant relationship with San Antonio for more than 200 years and is home to several military commands. The city is also a cybersecurity hub; nationally recognized as a leader in the field of information security. San Antonio is positioning itself to be at the forefront of the New Energy Economy in the United States, committed to investing and creating employment opportunities in green industries. The travel industry also remains a consistent growing economy for the city, as millions of people visit San Antonio on a yearly basis. For more information, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov.