Healthe, Inc., the company that went bankrupt after changing course from circadian lighting to disinfection lighting, has identified in its bankruptcy filings at least one other supplier of ultraviolet (UV) LED products to which she owes a disputed sum of money, in addition to Crystal IS.
In an assets and liabilities document filed with the United States District of Delaware Bankruptcy Court, Orlando-based Healthe says he owes Eden Park Illumination, based in Champaign, Illinois, 18 $900 “disputed” for what Healthe calls a “trade to pay”. ”
The filing does not describe the products related to the amount, but they are presumably the 222 nm LED lamps that Eden Park supplied to Healthe, which integrated them into its Healthe Space downlights for the purpose of coronavirus disinfection. Customers included Boll & Branch outlets; the Bluestone Lane coffee chain; Mia’s Italian Kitchen and Vola’s Dockside Grill restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia; and the 9600 condominium in Margate City, NJ.
On the other side of the coin, debtor Healthe also states that Eden Park owes Healthe in Healthe’s patent infringement action against Somersworth, NH-based Far-UV Sterilray, a company that has counterattacked by saying that Healthe infringed his patents. Sterilray is also known as High Energy Ozone (HEA).
Healthe’s original claim against Sterilray in the U.S. District Court for the Intermediate District of Florida, Orlando Division, makes no mention of Eden Park.
However, in its Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, Healthe notes: “The debtor seeks to recover funds for Eden Park’s litigation involving Healthe Inc. against High Energy Ozone LLC d/b/a Far-UV Sterilray; S. Edward Neister; and Pathogen Path Consulting LLC, Case no. 6:20-cv-02233. He labels the amount as “unknown.”
The same filing also lists HEA (Sterilray) as a creditor to whom Healthe owes an “unknown” amount “pending litigation”.
The 222 nm UV wavelength, also known as far UV-C, is often advertised as safe when exposed to humans, as opposed to slightly longer wavelength UV-C , which must be protected from the occupants. Both have been proven to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, when used in certain doses (radiometric energy over time intervals).
The $18,900 is small compared to the other amounts in the asset and liability file.
Like LED magazine reported last month, Healthe says in the bankruptcy filing that it owes UV-C chip supplier Crystal IS $2.7 million in a “contested” claim.
Crystal is Healthe’s second largest creditor after Stephen Ross, Healthe’s billionaire minority owner, owner of the Miami Dolphins football team and chairman of New York-based international real estate giant Related Companies. Crystal, based in Green Island, NY, had supplied the 265nm LEDs that Healthe had integrated into its Healthe Air ceiling troffers. Healthe installed the fixtures in the locker room and other facilities for the Miami Dolphins football team. The Dolphins tapped fittings to help rid the air of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.
Prior to bankruptcy, Healthe had potentially been able to provide disinfection lighting at the properties of related companies.
Meanwhile, other LED chip vendors also appear as creditors in Healthe’s Chapter 7 filing.
The documents say Healthe owes Nichia Corp. an “unknown” amount linked to an “ongoing dispute”. The dossier does not provide any details on the products concerned. The two companies had fought back from 2019 over a dozen LED patents related to chip design, packaging and manufacturing processes. In October 2020, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a ruling in favor of Nichia. It’s unclear whether the “ongoing litigation” in recent bankruptcy paperwork is related to this case or something else. Nichia’s LED product portfolio includes 280nm UV-C emitters.
Other creditors mentioned in the filing, including Ushio America, owed just $7.44, and Houston-based Far UV Solutions owed $903. The file does not give details of the products.
The Healthe filing lists total liabilities of $15.1 million and total assets of $12.2 million. It quantifies the value of the company’s patents and intellectual property as “unknown” while listing 107 patents. The 107s are in various stages, including those being drafted, those issued, those expired, and those pending. They cover a number of areas, including disinfection and circadian rhythm. For most of the two decades of Healthe’s life, he specialized in circadian lighting, where he was a pioneer.
A separate bankruptcy filing related to the company’s capital and shareholding reveals that the company’s last CEO is John Rajchert. In a curious episode last summer, Healthe hired a new CEO, Gerard Meyer, which lasted a few months at most. He left quietly, with Healthe making no public announcement or ever offering an explanation or publicly announcing a replacement. Wayzata, MN-based Rajchert appears to be from the company.
BRAND HALPER is editor of LEDs Magazine and a journalist specializing in energy, technology and business ([email protected]).
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