University of Houston McGovern College of the Arts is installing an Integrated Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System ™ for virus protection to safely reopen Moore’s Opera House for the Virtuosi of Houston Youth Orchestra’s live concert

HOUSTON – (BUSINESS WIRE) – The University of Houston’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts has strategically partnered with Integrated Virus Protection (IVP) to safely reopen Moore’s Opera House during the COVID-19 pandemic: Moore’s Opera House at the University of Houston The campus was the first venue in the country equipped with the IVP Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System ™ and hosted a live audience performance with the Virtuosi of Houston Youth Orchestra on Saturday, December 5th. The concert was also available via live stream on YouTube.

The IVP filter system is an inexpensive, mobile plug-and-purify device that can remove 99.999 percent of SARS-CoV-2, anthrax spores and other airborne contaminants through a heated filter that keeps the temperature of the ambient air in Interiors not affected. The system was first designed by IVP founder and inventor Monzer Hourani, who has a background in physics, science and engineering. Hourani developed the advanced biodefense system in collaboration with Dr. Garrett Peel, co-founder and CEO of IVP. Dr. Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Superconductivity Center at the University of Houston; and other scientists at UTMB Galveston National Lab and the University of Texas A&M Engineering and Experiment Station.

A longtime Virtuosi devotee, Hourani was the guest conductor of the Virtuosi performance on Saturday night at Moore’s Opera House. In “normal times” the Moore’s Opera House can accommodate over 800 guests. Approximately 200 people attended the concert, were separated from each other due to social distancing, and were required to wear face covers as per COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“I am delighted that the positive research conducted at the Texas Center for Superconductivity and the Physics Department at the University of Houston in collaboration with our IVP team was completed in less than six months in a live performance environment. I am delighted that the Virtuosi concert at Moore’s Opera House was the first venue in the US to feature the new COVID-19 killing technology. Our air raid protection system protected the virtuosi artists, the conductors and the audience. This technology is effective in containing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) and will help our society return to normal sooner, “commented Dr. Peel.

Materials Physics Today published a peer-reviewed study confirming that the system is indeed effective at eliminating SARS-CoV-2, anthrax spores, and other airborne contaminants. The research was publicly supported by the Research Faculty of Argonne National Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“We have made a great effort this year at McGovern College of the Arts to protect our faculties, staff, students, and sponsors while we continue to provide the highest quality art classes. These filtration systems, a product of our own laboratories at the University of Houston in collaboration with the Medistar and IVP teams, are another step in that direction. I couldn’t be happier to take this opportunity to pilot them at Moore’s Opera House, “commented Andrew Davis, Dean of McGovern College of the Arts.

The University of Houston music program was recently ranked # 1 among the best music colleges by 143 colleges and universities by College Factual.

In addition to the U of H Moore’s Opera House, numerous companies that have successfully used IVP technology include the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center Hotel; Galveston Independent School District (ISD); Comal-ISD; Somerset ISD; Slidell-ISD, Post Acute Medicine (PAM); George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston and the Baytown, Texas community.

Information on integrated virus protection (IVP)

Integrated Viral Protection Solutions, LP (IVP) was developed by Monzer Hourani in April 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. IVP Solutions promotes the research, development and use of technologies that offer biological defense solutions to reduce the transmission of biological threats indoors. At the heart of this novel bio-defense design is a proprietary heated mesh that works in conjunction with traditional air filtration in HVAC systems. The resulting suite of products offers proven in-line mitigation for indoor airborne transmission of COVID-19.

The Biodefense indoor air protection system is a first-line prevention technology against environmental (airborne) transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The heated biodefense filter can be retrofitted in commercial and private HVAC systems and / or used as a mobile unit with a powerful filter function.

IVP Solutions’ research partners include the University of Houston Superconductivity Center, the Texas A&M Department of Experimental Engineering, and the UTMB Galveston National Lab. IVP’s proprietary products have been recognized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Argonne National Lab (location of the Manhattan Project), and other leading scientists of global importance, including Dr. Paul CW Chu (National Medal of Science by President Reagan), independently recommended Superconductivity Discovery / Nobel Prize nomination) and Dr. George Crabtree (University of Illinois, Chicago, Argonne Laboratory and National Academy of Science).

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