Scientific and Industrial Enterprise “Melitta”, Ltd. was established in 1990 with the sole purpose of developing pulsed xenon UV technology; first xenon UV unit was built the following year. On December 28, 2004, Russian Ministry of Health issued the license for mass production of the pulsed xenon UV units. Melitta is certified to ISO's management standards ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003.
Currently, over 2000 units are operational in more than 400 healthcare facilities in Russia, USA, Mexico, Canada and other countries.
Over the years pulsed xenon UV technology won numerous scientific and innovation awards, including 2010 Russian Federation Government Prize in Science in Technology for developing and implementing the pulsed plasma-optical technology in space medicine. Modified pulsed xenon units are currently used to disinfect all cargo moving to the international space station.
Research and development of the technology is ongoing, in particular focusing on improving the bulb technology, determining the radiation levels required to exterminate viruses, mycobacteria, spores and fungi, as well as the efficiency in eliminating resistant strains of tuberculosis.