Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – May 11, 2020) – Therma Bright Inc. (TSXV: THRM), (“Therma Bright” or the “Company”), a progressive medical device technology company, has initiated due diligence and has applied for government grants to manufacture personal protective equipment (“PPE”) and hand sanitizers to combat the Covid-19 crisis. Several potential partners have approached Therma Bright to produce PPE and hand sanitizers for the Canadian and export markets. Therma Bright is ideally positioned to manufacture PPE leveraging the Company’s quality management system ISO 13485 and recently approved MDSAP through SGS International. The Company also holds Health Canada & FDA approvals for its existing products and intends to utilize this regulatory expertise to apply to Health Canada for licenses related to PPE & hand sanitizers. Certain regulatory approvals are required to produce masks with specific claims such as filtering to N95 standards and hand sanitizers that claim to kill bacteria and viruses.
Therma Bright has applied for government grants from the Government of Ontario and the Federal Canadian Government for the start-up of this business line. These grants may be complemented with an equity offering to fast track our capability to enter this business line quickly. The Government of Ontario grant is available to companies in Ontario that intend to set up production of PPE for local use and to support Ontario healthcare organizations and businesses to protect its citizens from Covid-19. In addition, Therma Bright has applied for two Federal grants related to innovative mask material or designs. Therma Bright applied for the Federal grants to investigate the use of its existing expertise and technology that may potentially be used to create a new innovative mask.
Therma Bright has begun due diligence and has sourced surgical mask and N95 equipment and sourced the raw material related to manufacturing both types of masks from the U.S. Manufacturing would occur in Ontario. The inputs to manufacture hand sanitizers may initially be imported from the U.S. as the Company identifies local suppliers for bottles, labeling and hand sanitizer raw material sources in Ontario. Several locations have been identified that meet Health Canada requirements to manufacture PPE and hand sanitizers.
Therma Bright will report back to investors as information materializes.
Rob Fia, CEO, commented:
“Therma Bright is pleased to assist the Provincial and Canadian governments in this endeavour to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Therma Bright has key components to enter this line of business such as quality management systems, regulatory licenses, innovative technology along with an expert advisory and consulting team. If successful at securing these grants the Company will donate a portion of the PPE and hand sanitizers to assist with the crisis to those that need it most. We feel this is a great way to give back to our country and its citizens. We also look forward to designing a new innovative mask to protect people around the world from this deadly virus.”