Meet Xenex's Ebola-Killing Robot

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Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Xenex CEO Morris Miller explains how the company's germ-killing robot works. He speaks with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

It is being used in over 250 hospitals.

I am joined by the chief executive of the company morris miller.

Before we get to the germ-zapping robot it is worthwhile that people know this is not your first venture by any means.

Rackspace hosting, curtis publishing, give us an idea of your background.

I started as a lawyer.

You are familiar with that.

Then we started rackspace hosting with four people, $4000 a month and revenue.

That company is over $1 billion of revenue and trades on their stock exchange.

This is the most important company we started.

What makes this such a compelling business idea?

My father is a physician and my uncle is a physician, trained at the mayo clinic.

When i was presented the idea of the founders -- by the founders, both of them are doctors from johns hopkins, they explained what the robot had the potential to do.

We were not sure and if you think about nosocomial infections, it is the fourth leading killer to more than breast cancer, aids, and car accidents combined, it was an opportunity to step into something that could make a difference for all americans.

Tell us the details about the robot.

I was told they are named in the one you brought here today is called ray.

The the hospitals will choose what they want the robot to be called.

They can call it anything they want, they are paying for it.


The robot has a xenon lamp.

Xenon is an inner, non-toxic.

Mercury bulbs have it around and they have disinfecting capabilities for 100 years but they are very slow.

This is ultra fast when it -- and when it pulses it is 25,000 times brighter than sunlight.

It can disable the dna of bacteria, viruses, and spores and that is how i can work against ebola and against the serious hospital associated infections every single day.


$100,000 for robot.

When haitian or hospice a patient looks at it or hospital looks at it it could be [inaudible] what about manufacturing?

It is made in san antonio, texas.

We have 90 people who make the robot and sell the robot.

We are excited about it because even in our current price point if they prevent three infections that cost $25,000 in infection it pace with the robot for the year and they can do that in the first or second month.

Does it take any special training to operate this?

We sent a team out, they are buying between two and 12 of the devices.

We send a team out and train the housekeepers.

The housekeepers become heroes for the first time because they are the ones who are preventing the infection.

Administration enables them and doctors say do it and they save lives.

Have you gotten a lot of calls because of the ebola virus outbreak?

We have.

It is easy to kill a virus or ebola.

Everyone is concerned about it.

It is mercrsa, other viruses that are the concern.

-- mrsa, other viruses that are the concern.

Viruses can evolve to be resistant.

By treating the environment and advance in advance and stopping the infection doctors do not need to use antibiotics and you stop the cycle of superbugs.

Does your mother still wish you turned out to be a doctor?

She is pretty happy right now.

I would imagine.

What about investors?

We are in 250 hospitals and there is 500,000 hospitals.

We are happy that ucla and stanford and mass general have purchased it and all the others, there is so much work to do.

270 people die every day and we can stop it.

We can absolutely stop it and it

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