We talked to Gennady Simanovsky, CEO and founder of Dolphin Vision about simple and affordable infrastructure that cuts COVID-19 transmission and resists any deadly virus that will come in the future and here is what he said about it.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Gennady Simanovsky: Indeed, we are doing well because we are a family of introverts, so Covid-19 allowed us to stay a lot at home and politely to deny invitations.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Dolphin Vision.
Gennady Simanovsky: My partner, Michael Farber, and I made a career in Israeli and American technology companies to develop complex multidisciplinary products.
It gave us a wide view of any problem, in particular, Covid-19.
I found this company in 2018 with a single purpose – to make people live healthier and safer. Initially, we dealt with AI algorithms to save people’s lives. At the beginning of 2020, we decided to shift to the fight of Covid-19. From the beginning, it was clear to us that it’s a long fight with many battles ahead.
We are among the first to understand the airborne (aerosol) nature of the virus transmission, so we are the first to bring simple, effective, and to-the-point solutions.
How does Dolphin Vision innovate?
Gennady Simanovsky: Unlike many others, we did deep research to understand the Covid-19 transmission problem in our lab and used knowledge of the world’s most advanced universities.
Once you understand the problem, it is easy and even a pleasure to develop the solution.
Why is this virus unstoppable?
Because people/experts/government advisors do not understand virus transmission mechanisms from person to person.
Why do they not understand it?
Because it out of the medical scope, this is the science of environmental engineering + chemistry + physics + mechanics.
The virus is a brainless piece of protein but over-smarts us for this reason!
Look at this video to understand how the virus goes from person to person:
So our solution, named DV VR, catches in the air infected particles and immediately deactivates (kill) them. Funny fact: we take a single drop of our patented anti-virus liquid, split it into one million drops, and this amount is enough to keep 100 square meters facility free from viruses and bacteria for 24 hours! The first installation will be done in Singapore airport in Q2/21.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Gennady Simanovsky: It should be straightforward: we do something to fight Covid-19, so it should be a good year for us. Indeed, this is a huge interest from F500 companies, especially deal with transportation and public buildings. However, it is not walking on the field of flowers – we push an absolutely new approach to fight the virus, so people are careful and want someone else to try it. We thank the real innovator in many areas – Changi airport that agreed to be our first site.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Gennady Simanovsky: Of course, I did. It was not easy to decide to go for the Covid-19 fight area, which means we bury all we did in the previous two years and partially replace the team.
What specific tools, software and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Gennady Simanovsky: I’m an old guy, have a long career, served in two armies, migrated from USSR to Israel, so Covid-19 crisis is unusual but not even close to being the biggest crisis I managed in my life. My tip: we tend to keep things under control and go nuts when we lost control. So, release it. These are things bigger than us; simply adjust to the new reality.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Gennady Simanovsky: We compete with the huge market of “everything cleaning and sanitation” runs tens of billions of $, and we aim to replace a sufficient part of it. This is no one, even a single proven case of Covid-19 infection via contaminated surfaces. It seems the single consensus WHO (World Health Organization) came to this time point.
Your final thoughts?
Gennady Simanovsky: We are in the long-term fight against Covid-19 and other deadly viruses that will come. Vaccination is not a silver bullet. It related to global warming that increased bats habitat areas and only new 40 species appear in the last few decades. Forewarned means armed.
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