SOURCE: Phononic


September 16, 2014 09:15 ET

Phononic Unleashes the Power of Solid State Cooling and Heating for Laboratories, Research Centers and Medical Facilities

Rex Healthcare Agrees to Be First Hospital Testing Ground for Innovative Cooling Technology

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2014) - Phononic, a consumer products company reinventing cooling and heating, today unveiled its innovative new family of refrigerators for laboratories, research centers and medical facilities. The company also announced that Rex Healthcare, a private, not-for-profit community hospital in the UNC Health Care system, will serve as the first testing ground for Phononic laboratory, research and medical refrigerators. Rex will test Phononic's refrigerators in its laboratory and blood services units. The partnership was facilitated by Rex Strategic Innovations, an initiative aimed at finding advances that improve health and the delivery of health care.

"Protecting samples and reagents across the cold chain has long been a major challenge in medical facilities and laboratories, as well as a significant cost concern," said Steve Finch, Rex director of diagnostic services. "Conventional refrigeration technology can fail to cool uniformly or, worse, experience devastating power failures. We are excited about the potential of Phononic's refrigerators to mitigate these issues, providing uniform cooling with back-up capability. This gives us the assurance of knowing our samples will be protected under any circumstance, making these refrigerators an ideal choice."

Powered by advanced solid state thermal management technology, Phononic's line of high-performing refrigerators provides uniform and reliable cooling without the noise, toxicity and other detriments of conventional refrigerators for a transformative approach. Beginning with its all-purpose 52-liter model, Phononic's technology will change how the laboratory and research industry conducts cooling and heating for years to come.

"These new medical and laboratory refrigerators are a natural extension of our existing residential refrigeration efforts and a game-changer for the laboratory, research and medical industry," said Tony Atti, Phononic co-founder, president and CEO. "Yet they are just the first step in our mission to change the way people think about cooling and heating. From cold products like refrigerators to other industries like electronics cooling, our solid state thermal management solutions present a giant leap forward when compared to incumbent technologies. We're excited to show the world our team's capabilities."

"Protect the Sample" is the hallmark of the laboratory, research and medical world, but for years, antiquated, compressor-based refrigerators have been used to cool critical samples vital to both researchers and patients. Compressors often fail to hold temperatures uniformly -- making it difficult to ensure temperature accuracy and stability -- and are loud and use toxic refrigerants. Additionally, compressors are notoriously unreliable and prone to failure, which can lead to the compromise of samples and hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential losses. Phononic's refrigerators, built with its transformative solid state cooling and heating technology, eliminate the problems of these age-old compressors, delivering a completely new cooling and heating solution to this industry.

Benefits of the Phononic refrigerator include:

  • Best-in-class temperature uniformity, stability and accuracy
  • Energy efficient and sustainable operation featuring no flammable or toxic refrigerants
  • Semiconductor-based cooling and heating technology allows for noise- and vibration-free operation
  • Remote connectivity accesses critical digital data logging records, responds to alarms and control, or adjusts temperatures as needed
  • Dust-free operation allows seamless cleanroom installation and use
  • Provides uninterrupted protection of samples even in the event of power failures
  • Products are scalable; available soon in a 140-liter model with larger units on the way
  • Products are adaptable; units can be freestanding or built-in

Phononic is currently accepting orders for its 52-liter laboratory and medical refrigerator. Additional models will be announced in late 2014. To learn more, visit

About Phononic
Phononic is a consumer products company delivering a new approach to cooling and heating that is poised to transform how people will live for years to come. Headquartered in the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, the company provides solid state semiconductor technology that can be applied to everything from refrigeration to fiber optics, removing the barriers of traditional approaches and ushering in a new era of cooling and heating. The result is an approach to this age-old challenge that is distributed, convenient, sustainable and connected. To learn more about Phononic's thermal management solutions, visit

About Rex Healthcare
Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,300 co-workers. Rex Healthcare has 660 beds (433 general acute beds and 227 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women's care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. Rex's medical staff includes more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses. Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Rex was the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition, placing Rex nurses among the top 6 percent in the nation. Rex was named one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, and highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker's Hospital Review. Visit for more information.

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