Patent Awarded to Hydro-Photon, Manufacturer of SteriPEN®

Hydro-Photon, Inc., manufacturer of SteriPEN®, is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded a patent on the use of deep UV LEDs in portable, flow-through, water purification systems.
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Blue Hill, ME – January 13, 2010 – Hydro-Photon, Inc., manufacturer of SteriPEN®, is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded a patent on the use of deep UV LEDs in portable, flow-through, water purification systems. This technology will open the way to a new generation of water purification products and will be especially useful in backpack-type hydration systems. When configured in-line in the hydration-pack's drink tube, the purification module will provide virtually instantaneous microbiological purification – destroying bacteria, viruses and protozoa – as the user drinks.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this important patent as it is an essential part of our plans to bring distinctive UV LED products to the market,” says Miles Maiden, Founder and CEO of Hydro-Photon, Inc. and inventor of the SteriPEN.

This patented UV LED based purification technology provides numerous advantages to “on-the-go” users. Power consumption of the LEDs will be significantly lower than the currently used cold cathode fluorescent (CCFL) UV lamps. And, at the same time, the life of the LEDs will be many times greater than CCFL lamps. In addition, the UV LED's are “instant-on” devices unlike CCFLs that take time to warm up to full output. This “instant-on” capability allows for virtually immediate treatment – as water passes through the purification module and into the user's mouth.

The patent, issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office is entitled “UV LED based water purification module for intermittently operable flow-through hydration systems” (patent number 7,641,790).

About Hydro-Photon, Inc.
Headquartered in Blue Hill, Maine, USA, Hydro-Photon, Inc. is a world leader in handheld, ultraviolet light water purifiers. The SteriPEN brand sets the standard for fast, light, easy and effective water purification. The SteriPEN product line includes the SteriPEN Classic, Adventurer, Traveler, Protector, Journey and AdventurerOpti. Hydro-Photon is privately held and information about the company, SteriPEN products, dealers, and independent lab test results can be found at www.steripen.com.

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