NEMA Research Inc. Named to Short-List of Citeline Awards for 2021 Nominated for Excellence in Innovation and Response to COVID-19

The Citeline Awards, sponsored by Informa Pharma Intelligence, today announced that NEMA Research, Inc., has been nominated and is in consideration for an award this year for Excellence in Innovation and Response to COVID-19 for its novel approach to personal protective equipment (PPE) sterilization. Citeline Awards are given every year to honor large and small clinical research organizations for outstanding work. This year’s award ceremony will be held on Oct. 14, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.

“This is a great honor for NEMA and the entire research team,” said Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., MD and COO of NEMA Research, Inc. “We worked together with Delta Faucet Company to pioneer a simple and very practical way to re-sterilize PPE. In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic there were severe and dangerous shortages of PPE. Our concept was to find a safe, effective, and cost-effective way to resterilize PPE in this emergency situation. To that end, we developed an inexpensive, portable container that used ozone for sterilization.”

The clinical study using a surrogate virus proved that the system was not only effective, it was fast, inexpensive, and safe to use even in a busy clinical setting. Sterilization cycles—which only took a matter of a few hours— could be carried out by just about anyone with minimal training. While this device was not used in the pandemic, it has future utility in other epidemic or emergency situations where rapid sterilization of PPE or other items are needed.

About NEMA Research

NEMA Research is a clinical research organization headquartered in Naples, Florida. It works with global partners on a wide range of research projects.

“This was one of our most important projects in 2021 because it had the potential to be of enormous benefit in emergency situations and the solution itself was quite elegant and very simple,” continued Dr. Pergolizzi. “It is our conviction that this simple container-based ozone sterilizer will find important applications in the future. Moreover, it demonstrates the powerful role that partners can play in research.”

About Delta Faucet Company

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Delta Faucet Company is a leader in faucets, bath and shower fixtures, and related accessories. The company manufactures Delta®, Brizo®, Peerless®, and the newly acquired Kraus® branded products. Combining design and innovation, Delta Faucet Company’s extensive product line suits both residential and commercial buildings.

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Source: NEMA Research, Inc.