PDI acquires majority share in UVC disinfection company

PDI, an infection prevention products company based in Woodcliff Lake, has acquired a majority share of ultraviolet disinfection company Tru-D SmartUVC, it announced Thursday.

Tru-D SmartUVC is the maker of the first UVC — ultraviolet C light — robot, PDI said in a news release. Tru-D’s technology helps calculate the precise amount of UVC light needed to kill up to 99.9% of harmful pathogens in a health care environment, the company added.

The deal for Tru-D, which is run by founder and President Chuck Dunn, extends PDI’s product portfolio from hard surface disinfection to total room disinfection, the company said.

“We are proud of our 40-year legacy in assisting the health care industry with products and solutions that help reduce the risk of infections,” PDI CEO Zachary T. Julius said in a prepared statement. “The acquisition of Tru-D is among our most recent efforts supporting our continued mission to reduce preventable infections, control associated costs and ultimately help save lives across the health care continuum of care.”

PDI said health care-associated infections can affect as many as 1 in 31 hospital patients, with C. difficile representing one of the most deadly and hard-to-kill microorganisms. UVC energy is an effective and ecofriendly method of reducing C. difficile and other microorganisms, the company explained.