Xenex Healthcare Services, a fast-growing leader in portable room disinfection systems for healthcare facilities, has announced it is relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Austin to San Antonio this month. This move further strengthens San Antonio’s reputation as a leader in the bioscience and healthcare industry.
“Our city is committed to growing its strong portfolio of bioscience and healthcare companies and attracting medical device innovators like Xenex,” said Mayor Julián Castro. “Xenex will complement San Antonio’s existing assets and expertise in the field of Infectious Disease and will help us expand the local entrepreneurial talent pool that is vital to our 21st century economy.”
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and account for 100,000 deaths every year, costing the healthcare system approximately $30 billion. Xenex offers the fastest, safest, and most cost-effective method for the automated disinfection of healthcare facilities, such as patient rooms, operating rooms (ORs), and Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Xenex’s portable room disinfection system uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores in the patient environment without contact or chemicals. Uniquely designed for ease of use and portability, a hospital’s environmental services staff can operate the Xenex device without disrupting hospital operations or requiring the use of expensive chemicals. The Xenex system will disinfect dozens of rooms per day, so hospitals can use the system continuously to reduce contamination levels throughout their facilities.
“Xenex’s mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by preventing HAIs, which is a public health crisis in the U.S. and certainly for the citizens of San Antonio,” said Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex. “We greatly appreciate the city’s support in enabling us to provide some local hospitals with our device, which is capable of disinfecting a hospital room in just five minutes for $3, to help make the citizens of San Antonio safer.”
Xenex systems are currently in use by hospitals throughout the U.S. and have proven to be effective against a variety of the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridium difficile endospores (C. diff), MRSA, VRE and Acinetobacter. Studies show the Xenex room disinfection system is consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices. The company plans to conduct similar studies in San Antonio area hospitals as it continues expanding.
Growth in the bioscience and healthcare industry is a major focus of the SA 2020 vision and plan. According to the latest economic impact study on this industry by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, this industry employs one of every six members of the San Antonio workforce with an annual economic impact of approximately $24.5 billion.