DocWire News recently spoke with Insoo Park, Founder and CEO of Ecosense, Inc. Mr. Park’s discussion focused on radon, the number one cause of non-smoker lung cancer.
Mr. Park’s goal is to empower consumers to lead a safe and healthy lifestyle free from the life-threatening dangers posed by radon gas by delivering detection results accurately and quickly. He has authored an article for Lake Oconee Health, Facilities Management Advisor, his company has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, The Digital Journal, TechBullion, NYWeekly, and San Francisco Post, among others, and appeared on KVNF Radio in Colorado.
See what he said to say.
DocWire News: Tell us about yourself.
Insoo Park: My name is Insoo Park, last name P-A-R-K. And I am the CEO of company called Ecosense, which is making a radon measurement devices. My background was a little bit different. I went through three different startup companies in semiconductor area. About five years ago, I started learning about this radon issue and gas. Especially after my best friend passed away because of cancer. That’s how I got into this business. Our company is located in Silicon Valley, California.
Talk to us about the company, Ecosense, Inc., and its mission.
I happened to know about radon about five years ago. I was very interested because radon was killing a lot of people. Radon was the first cause for lung cancer, for example. 21,000 people are dying from radon because lung cancer, according to EPA. One in 15 homes in the United States in radon trouble.
Me and my friend were talking about the radon issue and my friend started developing radon measurement device. We were able to find a really good solution, which is very different from other solutions. That’s the background of how I started the business. Back to radon issue. Radon is killing other people, but people don’t know about radon levels fluctuating. If you want, I can send you some real data which will talk about how radon levels are fluctuating day and night, or daytime and nighttime, and then day by day, week by week, and then month by month and season by season.
I was trying to understand what are the available rate of measurement devices; then realized that the massive dollars, what government and then other companies are using is not quite doing the work, which can check the fluctuating radon levels. We developed a device which can trace changing radon levels, not only for short term, but also long term. I’m sorry for long answer for a quick question. My company is producing a device which can check the radon level in a very fast and accurate manner, and which can do not only short term period of radon detection, but also long term rate of monitoring.
What are the specific dangers of prolonged radon exposure, and what makes a house more susceptible to radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring, highly toxic radioactive gas, which is coming out of soil and bedrocks. Radon is existing in every indoor building. If it’s outdoor, then it dissipates easily. Outdoors… Radon doesn’t matter. But indoors… Radon is having a lot of troubles. Buildings and homes, offices, daycare centers, and schools. Radon is existing everywhere. The problem is the level of radon and its indoor. According to EPA’s guideline, if radon exceeds a certain level, then those indoor buildings are supposed to take a mitigation project. Back to your question. Radon is a highly toxic gas. Radon is found in every indoor building. That’s the problem with radon. In the United States, one in 15 homes are in radon trouble, according to the EPAs estimation.
Talk to us about why preventing cancer, specifically lung cancer, is more important than curing it.
If you find a way to prevent cancer, especially lung cancer, that’s the smartest and best way to protect it. Joe Biden’s administration recently announced Cancer Moonshot, which is saying that the government is going to reduce the rate of cancer deaths by 50%, over 25 years.
Back to your question. When it comes to reduction of cancer deaths… I think if you can find a way to prevent the radon, that’s the best way. If you look at the figures, out of a total of cancer deaths, 24.5% is coming from lung cancer. Out of 24.5% lung cancer, radon caused lung cancer, is about 16%. In summary, out of total cancer deaths, radon is contributing about 4% of the total cancer death. If you can find the way to reduce the number of deaths, the 4%, by doing a right radon testing, is that something that you can do? Solution is already available. Again, when it comes to radon testing, it’s pretty critical that device can do not only for short term, but also the long term, because radon levels are fluctuating all the time.
Any closing thoughts?
Like I said, our company is making a device, which can do not only short term, but also long term radon monitoring in a really fast manner. After power up, our device can show radon readings in just 10 minutes, which is industry fastest time. When it comes to accuracy, because it’s important to use the accurate device, our device is 15 times higher than industry standard requirement, by NC and Radon Association, which is 30 count per hour. Our device can do this long term monitoring, narrow or short term detection, of radon. Again, radon levels are fluctuating. It’s crucial to be able to detect the radon, short term and long term. Hopefully our device can contribute to protect some lives. That is my closing comment. Thanks very much.