TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2007 by its President and CEO Dr. Halden S. Shane. Like many Los Angeles residents, Dr. Shane had always assumed that his long standing allergy problems were caused by smog in the Los Angeles Basin. But then, Dr. Shane learned that his allergy problem may in fact be caused by polluted indoor air rather than smog. After extensive research, he decided to focus on oxidizers and ROS (reactive oxygen species) as a possible remedy.
Further investigation into governmental and medical literature revealed that up to 90% of an average person’s life is spent indoors and many medical associations, including the AMA (American Medical Association), feel that 50% of all illnesses could be attributed to indoor air pollutants. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that concentrations of indoor air contaminants in homes can sometimes reach as much as 200 times the same contaminants found outside. Because of these findings, an idea was born.
Dr. Shane decided to investigate companies that produced the cleanest, purest form of Ozone (Nitric Oxide Free) by way of ultraviolet ozone generators, along with technology that activated hydrogen peroxide into a small droplet mist . The reason he decided on ultraviolet generators over Corona Discharge ozone generators is because some Corona Discharge generators are known to produce harmful by products and residues, particularly when operated using ambient air containing moisture (relative humidity). After finding the source for this state-of-the-art ultraviolet ozone generators, Dr. Shane tested it in his own home. His allergic symptoms disappeared almost immediately. In fact, the results were so dramatic, that Dr. Shane decided to buy the company, a short time after that Dr. Shane partnered with a leading defense company for its SteraMist product and formed TOMI Environmental Solutions.