Integrated Viral Protection
Launched by leading innovators, scientists and engineers, Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) offers novel biodefense technology solutions that have a potential to change the world by eliminating the risk of airborne transmission of the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Monzer Hourani, CEO Integrated Viral Protection (IVP)
Monzer Hourani was French-educated in Lebanon and earned a second baccalaureate in physics and mathematics prior to coming to the University of Texas at Austin in 1965, where he earned degrees in Structural Engineering and Architectural Studies in 1969.
In 1971, Mr. Hourani founded M. Hourani and Associates Consulting Engineers and other companies. He was involved in engineering innovations of many building techniques and engineering concepts that have had great impact on the construction and economy of the building industry in the U.S. Among his most impactful accomplishments are Mr. Hourani’s work with engineers with advancing the post-tension slab-on-grade foundation system.
In 1973, he was honored with the “Outstanding Engineer of the Year” award in Houston.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hourani has worked to prevent and recover from environmental disasters, including his work with other engineers and scientists on the devastating British Petroleum Horizon oil spill and on a robust solution for flood control in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. He also has invented several patented and patent-pending technologies, among them an oil skimmer for rapid containment and cleanup and a removable, reusable window-brace system that protects existing buildings from Hurricane Category 5 force winds. His latest inventions are mobile and building-integrated systems that kill novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other airborne pathogens.
The philosophy that Mr. Hourani has always followed in each of his endeavors is to develop, finance and construct very economical and modern buildings while maintaining a superior-quality product that complements and adapts to the latest advances in technology and medicine. Medistar strives to produce economical, well designed buildings to serve the healthcare and life sciences industries.
Mr. Hourani has dedicated his entire life to make the lives of others better. He has been a major supporter of many diverse charitable and cultural organizations, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for Cancer Research, American University of Beirut (AUB), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Houston Food Bank. Out of Mr. Hourani’s great love of classical music, he is a major supporter of Texas Tech School of Music, the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and Virtuosi of Houston, which provides unique opportunities for gifted and talented young classical musicians.
Garrett K. Peel, MD, MHS, FACS
Founding Partner, Integrated Viral Protection
Dr Peel is the founding principal of Integrated Viral Protection Solutions. Dr Peel is a practicing surgeon with career experience in global healthcare policy management and research — spanning leadership in areas of health care development, finance and real estate, policy advocacy, media and public relations, organizational fundraising and venture capital, healthcare executive management, operations and service line marketing, public health campaigns/complex humanitarian emergency responses and public, private partnerships.