On the occasion of a visit to the Technoport in Foetz, the Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot, signed an agreement on 16 December 2020 with Molecular Plasma Group (MPG) to co-finance the "Virucidal" project for the development and production of innovative surgical masks with virucidal properties.
Housed at the Technoport, the start-up has developed a unique technology based on the use of plasma to optimise the protection of "made in Luxembourg" surgical face masks against COVID-19. MPG has perfected a surface treatment technology and made it compatible with industrial production of "made in Luxembourg" surgical masks, in collaboration with Santé Services SA and a German company. The co-financing of the project is based on the aid scheme of the Ministry of Economy which supports industrial research and experimental development projects allowing the production and development of products contributing to combat the health crisis linked to COVID-19.
Created in 2016 as a spin-off from the Luxembourg research institutes LIST and the Flemish Institution for Technological Research (VITO), MPG currently employs 13 people in Luxembourg. MPG had successfully participated in the "Fit4Start HealthTech" startup support programme, from which it graduated in March 2019.
On the occasion of the signing of the agreement, the Minister of Economy, Franz Fayot, said: "Innovation requires the willingness to see change as an opportunity. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is an undeniable vector for change. The MPG project is a good example of this. The company's track record in Luxembourg demonstrates the maturity of the national ecosystem of health technologies contributing to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic".
During the visit, Marc Jacobs, CEO of MPG, said: "The support of the Ministry of Economy is a key factor that allows us to execute this R&D project in record time. Thanks to the support of all our Luxembourg partners, including research institutes, we will have a significant impact in the fight against COVID-19".
Press release by the Ministry of the Economy