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Phononic Partners with UNC REX Healthcare to Bring High Performing Evolve Refrigerators to New State-of-the-Art Heart & Vascular Hospital

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Phononic, the company revolutionizing cooling and heating with solid-state technology, today announced that UNC REX Healthcare, a private, not-for-profit community hospital in the UNC Health Care system, has outfitted its newly opened North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital at UNC REX with Evolve refrigerators. UNC REX Healthcare has deployed a combination of 1.8 and 5.5 CuFt Evolve products in its pharmacy, patient support areas and medicine rooms in conjunction with medication management systems. The installation was facilitated by REX Health Ventures (RHV), an innovation platform created by UNC REX Healthcare to foster and nurture innovative technologies and companies in the healthcare sector.

Powered by advanced solid-state refrigeration, Phononic's line of high-performing Evolve refrigerators provide uniform, precise and reliable cooling without the noise, toxicity and other detriments of conventional vapor compression refrigerators. Phononic's Evolve product line will change how UNC REX Healthcare delivers patient care, equipping staff with more accurate, reliable temperature control and superior inventory protection. As nursing staff no longer needs to be concerned about refrigerators, it enables them to spend more time with patients and their families providing better and more comprehensive care.

"The Evolve refrigerators are simplistic in design and have less moving parts, which makes them easy to maintain and energy efficient," said Jeff Carter, Director of Facilities, Construction and Biomedical Engineering at UNC REX Healthcare. "When we tested the refrigerators in the lab, we found them to be very reliable, providing close, tight temperature tolerances and were easy for staff to access and use. This is why we decided to deploy Evolve in our new 306,000-square-foot hospital."

"Evolve is the most advanced refrigeration available for medical, pharmaceutical and laboratory cold storage, delivering superior protection and control," said Jerilin Kenney, VP/GM Life Sciences & Healthcare, Phononic. "As an innovator in the healthcare field, we are excited to partner with UNC REX Healthcare as the organization is as committed to innovation and quality as we are. This partnership showcases the next generation technologies we’ll see implemented across healthcare.”

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About Phononic
Phononic is innovating semiconductor solutions that revolutionize cooling and heating. Named to CNBC’s 2016 Disruptor 50 list, the Company’s disruptive solid-state approach displaces compressors, heat sinks, and fans with products that are smart and sustainable. Backed by a diversified and global mix of venture and private equity investors, Phononic’s products can be applied to everything from refrigerators to fiber optics, removing the barriers of traditional incumbents and ushering in a new era of cooling and heating. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter @PhononicRTP.

About UNC REX Healthcare
For more than 120 years, UNC REX Healthcare has provided expert care for the Wake County community and surrounding areas. With more than 6,400 co-workers, UNC REX is a private, not-for-profit health care system and is a member of UNC Health Care. UNC REX provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. To learn more, click here.

About REX Health Ventures
REX Health Ventures was formed in 2012 to partner with innovative healthcare companies that improve the quality of care, reduce costs and increase access. UNC REX Healthcare, the Raleigh-based member of the UNC Health Care system, was one of the first community hospitals in the nation to launch its own venture fund, building on a long history of innovation. RHV is an entrepreneur-friendly strategic investor leveraging the network of talent and expertise across UNC REX and the UNC Health Care system.

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