"Potok Inter” Research and Production Company was founded in 1994 by Russian scientists, who had invented the Potok air decontamination technology, authors of scientific works and methodical instructions, and holders of numerous patents: Elena Volodina and Alexander Nagolkin.
The Potok air decontamination technology was developed for use as part of the life support system within the Buran Soviet space program.
Later on, the effort by the scientists in the field of microbiological control of the gas medium during long-term human flights in space was put into practice on the Mir station. The equipment based on the Potok technology was delivered there to fight the mold and other dangerous microorganisms. Today, Russian cosmonauts and NASA astronauts utilize similar equipment at ISS.
In addition to space technologies, "Potok Inter" has been dealing with problems on Earth for many years.
For more than 25 years, the company has been conducting research
and developing and manufacturing equipment for healthcare facilities, especially for rooms where air purity is a matter of life and death. In 2011, "Potok Inter" received the "Calling" award ("To the Best Doctors of Russia") in the category "For contributions made to the development of medicine by representatives of fundamental science and non-medical professions".
In the food industry, biosafety of products has received world-wide attention in recent years.
Equipment developed and implemented by "Potok Inter" can improve the quality of products, which increases the shelf life and sales geography, and decreases spoilage and returns. The experience accumulated by the company's specialists helps them to give recommendations on improving the quality of air in contact with the product in real production conditions, and also to develop in-house air quality regulations and standards for food production companies.
A series of scientific experiments by “Potok Inter” confirmed that the Potok-based equipment allows achieving lower disease incidence at schools and pre-school institutions, offices, and other crowded premises.
In addition to the Russian Federation, Potok units are registered and successfully used in the USA, European Union, CIS states and Asian countries.
"The results of many years of microbiological research conducted onboard the Mir orbital space station and the International Space Station have shown that the Potok decontamination units are an effective means for ensuring biological purity and air safety. They inactivate microorganisms that form the microflora of the environment of manned spacecraft and keep the air in a normalized sanitary and microbiological state."
Head of the Microbiology of Environment and Antimicrobial Protection Laboratory Natalia Novikova
"The results show that no fungi were detected, the bacterial levels in the air samples collected in the functional cargo unit (FCU) were good, within the established tolerance limits. Quantitative indicators are approximate, based on the data of the onboard chart comparing the growth and density of colonies made by the ISS crew. The levels of microorganisms indicated in the report were obtained after a 5-day incubation period."
Engineer of the NASA General ISS Environment Team Kimberly Prokhorov
To prevent the circulation of pathogens of viral infections, including COVID-19, the 15 laboratory facilities of the Institute were equipped with the Potok standalone air decontamination units.
During the whole time that the devices are working, not a single case of infection and forced self-isolation of the staff was recorded (over 200 people are working with the biomaterial to detect SARS-CoV-2).
Head of the laboratory of infections related to medical care A. V. Tutelyan
"Since 2007, in the 22nd surgical building of the S.P. Botkin City Clinical Hospital, the air in 25 operating and intensive care rooms in the supply ventilation and air conditioning system has been purified by the Potok equipment <...> I consider it possible to recommend its use in healthcare facilities as it increases the effectiveness of treatment, simplifies maintenance and significantly reduces operational costs".
Chief Physician Aleksey Shabunin
The Potok air decontamination system is easy to maintain, effective and reliable to operate, and it constantly monitors the units' performance. The lack of consumables and low power consumption can significantly reduce operating costs. During the time these systems were operating, there was a decrease in the incidence of postoperative complications and sepsis.
Chief Physician Grigory Rodoman
"Air sampling in the rooms where the Potok air decontamination units were operating showed there were no pathogenic microflora in the air. We believe that this indicator significantly affects the risk of infection and complications in the postoperative period. <...> We are extremely pleased that such high-quality equipment has been successfully used in our hospital for many years."
Director, Professor Leonid Roshal
For all operating time of the Potok equipment, there have been no cases of postoperative infectious complications, even during an unfavorable epidemiological situation due to the outbreak of COVID-19, no one’s gotten sick in our dental clinic.
Units work around the clock and are easier to operate.
We recommend to use Potok units wherever there is a risk of spreading viruses and infections, infecting staff with nosocomial infections.
CEO D. V. Melsitova
"The Potok equipment can be used in the presence of people for decontaminating and disinfecting air in tuberculosis healthcare facilities in the laboratories, operating rooms, dressing rooms, patients' rooms, vivariums, and other units, where people work with pathogenic material."
Director, Professor, Dr. of Med. Sci. Vladislav Erokhin
"In case of a single run of a highly concentrated lyophilized aerosol containing Pseudomonas fluorescens, Micrococcus luteus, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, during a period of exposure of about 0.5 seconds, Potok ensures their effective, close to 100% (but not less than 99.99%, taking into account the experimental error) inactivation".
Head of Laboratory, Dr. of Biol. Sci., prof. Vitaly Duda
"The results of studies of sanitary and microbiological indicators regularly conducted by the Center's epidemiological service confirm the technology is effective. Bacteriological indicators of air microbial content for the entire service life did not exceed the standards established by SanPin 184.108.40.20630-10 ".
Deputy Director for Engineering A.Yu. Pundikov
"Regular microbiological studies of the air produced while Potok was operating in the rooms show that they comply with the regulations for the established classes of clean rooms. For example, in the operating unit, air microbial content did not exceed 150-200 CFU/m3 (with the standard of up to 500 CFU/m3.
Head of Sanitary and Epidemiological Department, Dr. of Med. Sci., Professor V. Akimkin
"One of the key goals of the Innovation Innopolis University is ensuring comfortable and safe conditions for students . <...> We develop an effective system of integrated safety and security only when we take all factors into account. When training highly qualified personnel, it is of fundamental importance for us to use the most advanced technologies, including in the field of air decontamination — such as the Russian innovative technology Potok.
University Director Kirill Semenikhin
"In order to prevent the emergence of group foci of influenza and ARVI, our institution is fully implementing organizational, preventive, and anti-epidemic measures against influenza. We are grateful for the Potok advanced air decontamination equipment provided to us, which will significantly reduce the risk of sickness among students and employees."
School Principal Sergey Kazarnovsky
"Using the Potok air decontamination equipment in our institution has allowed us to boost children's immunity, reduce virus infections, and reduce allergic reactions in children. In such a short period of time, in the classroom with the Potok equipment, the well-being of students significantly improved, sickness rates decreased, and academic performance increased."
Gymnasium Director Irina Kobzenko
"The problem of removing mold fungi from air has been solved (their levels in the air have decreased to the minimum values). The results of these studies allow us to conclude that Potok equipment creates the appropriate conditions for producing high-quality products, storing products, and reducing losses."
Head of Quality Management Department Yulia Aleinikova
"Based on the results of more than three years of operation, we recommend Potok for use in food production as an effective solution that ensures the air in food packing, filling, and sorting rooms is biologically clean."
Chief Engineer Sergey Korol
"Comparing air contamination levels before and after the start of the decontamination system showed that it reduces the microorganism concentration by 75-91%. We confirm that Potok can:
- increase the shelf life of products,
- decrease product returns from stores,
- increase deliveries of poultry farm products to the regions."
Director Nikolai Roshak
The main result of using the Potok equipment is the significant improvement in the quality of products manufactured by Probiotic+ LLC. The mold and yeast levels of sour-milk products improved significantly."
General Director Anton Slepikhin
"Based on the research, using the unit has decreased the risks of microbial contamination of perishable food, and therefore we can recommend Potok equipment for decontaminating the air and solving the problems of air pollution in processing areas."
Director for Quality Lyudmila Zvyagina
"The problem of air decontamination has been solved. The air indicators dropped to 0 CFU/cm2 <...> we recommend Potok for use in food production as an effective solution that ensures air is biologically pure."
Deputy General Director for Industrialization Airat Taktarov
"The experience of using the Potok equipment in the office showed its efficiency corresponding to the parameters stated by the manufacturer. Air decontamination units are easy to operate, do not interfere with employees' work. Potok equipment decrease in the incidence of airbone infectious diseases".
Head of Private line of business Department N.V.Kharina
"An air decontamination unit located in the largest hall of group programs allowed us to enter one more important point into the list of our competitive advantages! This unit is safe, noiseless and efficient! Customers note the air freshness, resulting in a pleasant feeling during the training process and in the increased efficiency of training"
Service manager Julia Lazarevich
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