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How to Protect Fans, Staff and Players in COVID-19 and Beyond

March 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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How to Protect Fans, Staff and Players in COVID-19 and Beyond

Stadium and event personnel have confronted multiple challenges during this pandemic with perseverance and ingenuity that continues to inspire. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus is relentless, and challenges persist. With a desire to bring fans, staff, and players safely back to the arena, leaders are facing increased pressure to implement effective safety and disinfection protocols, fast.

While the mandate for safety and trust is clear, leaders are inundated with information and resources on developing and implementing the right plan to combat COVID-19. So, what is the best approach?

On March 4, join IIFX and the biosafety company R-Zero for a discussion on how to use UV-C to reduce the spread of infection. By incorporating the same multi-layered approach as hospitals, you can safely bring fans, staff, and players back to the arena.

As COVID-19 has expanded the need for highly effective disinfection solutions beyond patient rooms and operating rooms, arenas across the country are mapping hospital best practices to their own facilities. The highest standards for disinfection will not only help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also other pathogens prevalent in luxury suites and lockers rooms, such as norovirus and the seasonal flu.

Join us and learn:

● The efficacy of UV-C light, common myths, and how to evaluate it as an air and surface disinfection tool for your facilities

● How to incorporate hospital-grade disinfection practices in your cleaning and disinfection protocols

● Why UV-C disinfection will make your fans, players, and staff feel safer when they are inside your venue


Dr. Richard L. Wade

A leading expert in toxicology, Dr. Richard L. Wade has spent the last 43 years in microbiological contamination, toxicology and risk management roles for the corporate and governmental sectors, including through his time as deputy chief for occupational health Cal/OSHA. He currently serves as Chief Scientist for R-Zero, the first biosafety company dedicated to making the spaces we all live, learn, work, and play safer and clinically clean. He is an advocate for making UV-C light disinfection a regular part of daily cleaning and disinfection processes in the COVID-19 era and beyond.

Dr. Wade has provided technical consultation, risk management and mitigation strategies for some of the world’s most challenging contamination scenarios, including oil spills, the Ebola outbreak and the aftermath of fires and explosions. He has advised many prominent institutions over his career including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Supreme Court, NASA and ABC News. He is the author of hundreds of publications, presentations and reports, and a longtime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Wade received a Ph.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.S. in Biological Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. He completed postdoctoral studies and training in risk management and corporate planning at Oxford University and the Executive Training Program in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on environmental risk management at Oxford University, an adjunct associate professor at the University of California San Francisco, an adjunct clinical professor of medicine at University of California Irvine School of Medicine, a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Naval Studies Board, and serves on the executive committee of the American Society of Safety Engineers, as well as numerous other professional associations.

Eli Harris – President, Co-Founder

Eli is an entrepreneur passionate about democratizing technology to aid public health crises and disaster relief, and R-Zero is the most recent manifestation of that passion. Before co-founding R-Zero in April 2020, Eli founded Eco Flow, a portable energy storage company with a mission to develop renewable power solutions that are accessible to the most vulnerable. Eco Flow’s latest product was deployed to ad-hoc hospitals in Wuhan during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that, Eli led international partnerships at DJI Technology, the global industry leader in drone development and manufacturing, where he traveled to more than 15 countries researching and testing how drones could support projects like search-and-rescue missions.


A Live Webinar Series – The Latest Innovative TECHnology Powering a Confident Return to Live Events.

Xperience, an IIFX technology network of enterprises and startups is producing a COVID-19 Return to Work, Play and Spectate Tech Talk Series. As we move into 2021, sports and entertainment organizations will prepare to reset/restart/reopen to fans. The process of opening a venue and delivering a live sports/entertainment experience has never been more difficult. Not only must venue operators meet medical and government requirements to ensure safety, while maintaining a security posture, they must also convince skeptical fans that the in-venue experience is worth it.

The Tech Talk Series will provide insight how these products may affect and assist your organization in the COVID-19 Return to Work, Play and Spectate. Technology provides some of the most important tools in the toolkit to help the sports and entertainment industry manage risk, signal they are ready to their staff and fans, reopen their doors, and deliver memory making experiences.


March 4, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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