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Covid insulation spray 'Voltique': Invention of British-Bangladeshi Sadia

2021-07-04 09:14:11 BdST

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Published: 2021-07-04 09:14:11 BdST


Azhar Mahmood: Sadia Khanam. A resident of Cheshire, UK. A 26-year-old British-Bangladeshi scientist. He set the shelves all over the world. He informed about his discovery. Covid has caused a worldwide stir by inventing an antiseptic spray. And it's already had £10m worth of orders - and is being used in NASA labs

A young scientist invented a 'breakthrough' spray to fight Covid-19 while working in her parents' curry house.  Sadia Khanom, 26, created the spray, called Voltique, that attracts and kills all pathogens on any surface it is applied to for a fortnight It has been hailed as a 'breakthrough' for the pandemic.

Sadia, from Cheshire, began developing the spray after she put her PhD on hold and worked in her parents’ restaurant Cafe India. There she studied the virus on a nanomolecular level and created different equations to find the perfect formula to kill it.

Sadia then used the restaurant as a case study and tested her invention on all surfaces, from leather to wood to fabric, to test its efficacy. Described as one of the biggest breakthroughs of the pandemic, Voltique has been successfully trialed globally by the likes of the NHS and NASA.

It is now being taken on by a number of governments and blue-chip companies. The spray formula is a nanoscale disinfectant barrier that can be used across multiple industries on all surfaces – making them 100% Covid safe for 14 days whilst saving up to 70% on staff cleaning and disinfectant product bills.

Pilot hospitals and care homes have collated positive data – with swabs confirming that all treated surfaces have become completely free from pathogens, including Covid-19. The concept was devised following eight months of research from Sadia, who was about to take a PHD in Alzheimer’s Research and neurodegeneration when the pandemic struck.

Instead of following that next step in her medical career, she drew on her existing science, genomic medicine and geneticist degree education to try to find a solution that would kill Covid-19.

"I’ve been obsessed with science from an early age and as a child, I’d often ask for extra homework," she said. "My passion piqued at the age of 14 when my grandfather developed Alzheimer’s and from then on I have made it my mission to prevent the disease.

"I have a strategy to find an early intervention of Alzheimer’s however my restriction has been lack of funding, so I decided that by creating something like Voltique I could create a solution for Covid whilst funding my Alzeimer’s research at the same time."

Putting her PhD on hold, Sadia worked in her parents’ restaurant while spending endless hours number crunching in her spare time. She studied the ever-changing virus on a nanomolecular level and creating different equations to find the perfect formula to kill it.

Using her parents' restaurant as a case study, she tested her invention on all surfaces, from leather to wood to fabric, to test its effectiveness. After creating Voltique, Sadia contacted Colin Hagan – a vastly experienced scientific innovation and development professional – to help get the product into the mainstream.

With huge scope to save lives and save money on disinfectants, the product is currently being considered by Principles in 14 different countries. Colin said: "The potential of Voltique is eye-watering and it could become a revolutionary product across all industries including medical, hospitality, aviation, marine, and nuclear.

"The implications are massive, with every surface the spray is applied to being 100% Covid safe for 14 days following application.” "It represents a huge step for Covid safety and it will save businesses money on disinfectants and cleaning hours too."

Sadia added: "Naturally, I’m delighted that my extensive research has led to something so groundbreaking, but for me, it has always been about the intention and my passion for using science to make the world a better place.

"It is not about financial gain for me, but I am very excited about the prospect of making enough money to self-fund my Alzheimer’s research. "I am determined to one day fulfil my dream of finding an early prevention of Alzheimer’s in the name of my grandfather, so I can help save others from the same genetic disease that he has suffered from."

Sadia's former men's home in Bangladesh is in Mohammadpur village in Nazir Bazar area of ​​Bishwanath Upazila of Sylhet. Sadia Khanam's younger sister Jamila Ahmed is studying Commercial Law. Younger brother Hamza Ahmed is 3 years old. Sadia's father Kabir Ahmed told this reporter on Thursday, "We are very grateful to Allah Ta'ala." He does not give everything to everyone.

Gave my daughter the knowledge to discover this spray surely for a reason. There is nothing more joyous than being able to help the people of the world with this discovery of the girl. He said his daughter prayed five times. Lives through religious discipline. He also runs an alcohol-free restaurant business for 13 years.

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