A Kilkenny-based medical device manufacturer has hired 10 people over the course of the pandemic lockdown as demand for its alcohol-free hand sanitiser grows.
CF Pharma, which now employs 50 people, has launched SaniHub 360, a range of sanitising products aimed at public and private entities, including schools.
The company is five years old and has generally made medical devices for hospitals. Key to its product line is a solution called Hypochlorous which is used for 'wound irrigation' in hospitals. It is a very efficient disinfectant, pH neutral and extremely safe, making it suitable for children and those with skin conditions such as eczema.
CF Pharma founder Claire Hughes said the company had a primary clinical test to show it kills coronavirus.
"We have used it in a hospital setting because that was where the need was," she said.
"Prior to Covid, people really thought sanitisation wasn't a huge concern but post-Covid there is going to be a new way of thinking."
The company has been in talks with the Department of Education, school principals, churches and other bodies about the product line which includes a foot pump system to deliver the solution. Hughes said the company was already supplying schools in the UK.
Sunday Indo Business