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Niagara University is first higher ed institution in country to provide students with virus-blocking pillows

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Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:00 pm
Image courtesy of Niagara University
Image courtesy of Niagara University

To facilitate better health and safety, as well as to ease the concerns of students and their families, Niagara University has partnered with Spry Therapeutics to provide filtered pillows to its resident students. The university said it is the first in the country to provide this clean-sleep solution, which was made available by Spry Therapeutics, a health and wellness technology company owned by brothers and NU alumni Bill and Bob Purdy.

The spread of COVID-19 around the U.S. and the globe has spurred calls for higher standards of cleanliness across industries, including higher education. For universities in particular, where students share close living quarters for the academic year, new methods and procedures are being implemented to keep students safe. However, soft surfaces, such as pillows, remain susceptible to contamination. That’s why Niagara University’s Office of Residence Life is the first to welcome students with a germ-blocking pillow in their residence halls.

“As we prepare to welcome our students back to campus this fall, we have put numerous measures in place to ensure their health and safety,” said the Rev. James Maher, C.M., Niagara University president. “Being able to provide these pillows is another layer of protection that we can offer our students as they return to their Niagara University home.”

Spry Therapeutics' pillow utilizes the world’s first and only soft-surface filter technology, Pneumapure. The filter’s efficacy has been proven in an independent test, and the company’s filtered pillows are currently being used by major health care facilities in the U.S. to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re humbled to be able to offer our filter technology to our alma mater, Niagara University, and commend the school on leading the charge for higher standards of cleanliness across campus,” said Bill Purdy, co-founder and CEO of Spry Therapeutics. “We hope that our filtered pillows help provide students and parents peace of mind as they arrive on campus in the fall.”

Spry Therapeutics is a health and wellness technology company that uses a proprietary soft-surface filter technology to block all pathogens from entering or exiting any soft surface to which it’s applied. The company’s Pneumapure filter is designed to help prevent cross-contamination and provide a clean sleep solution to businesses and consumers alike.

Spry Therapeutics is headquartered in White Plains. For more information, visit sprytx.com.

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