SBO Award Winners 2013: It's in the bag for Puralytics

Puralytics' water purification systems are distributed to governments and aid organizations that work in such countries as Haiti.

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It seems like every time we turn around, Beaverton-based Puralytics is earning more acclaim.

Before receiving word that it collected SBO honors in the Water category, the company was awarded the 2013 Global Honour Award from the International Water Association. Puralytics won the award for providing access to safe drinking water in Malawi, Africa.

Earlier this fall, the company landed its first patent for its systems that destroy water contaminants without yielding any waste discharge. Puralytics procured the patent for its LED Activated Nanotechnology Water Purifier.

The achievement follows Puralytics’ September confirmation, through forms filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, that it has attracted $3.7 million worth of Series A investments, on what could become a total $4.9 million fund raising effort.

Honestly, we’re not surprised. Puralytics has marketed its LED and sunlight activated nanotech products since early 2012, with the items aimed at government and aid organizations, among other groups. The roster includes the Shield, SolarBag and the LilyPad.

Puralytics sells its products in more than 50 countries. It earned the International Water Association’s Global Honor Award in early September.

The company’s processes utilize either sunlight or LED light to stimulate a nanotechnology-coated mesh that activates five photo chemical processes. Those techniques then eliminate three major categories of contaminants, including biological pathogens, chemical contaminants and heavy metals toxins.

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