The story behind THYMOX

Ulysse_LABO-1010-277-300x200Our Mission: Design, Develop and Market a range of innovative, safe and sustainable disinfectants for the retail, institutional, industrial, healthcare and agricultural markets.

“Our vision is to become an industry leader by continuously leveraging our strong R & D and intellectual property culture. Our strategy is to commercialize unique and valuable disinfectant technologies with leading distribution partners.”


In 2001, while watching a report on Britain’s foot-and-mouth outbreak, a terrible crisis in which 10 million sheep and cows were culled and then burned, Serge Auray said to his wife:

”We can visit the moon, but we can’t prevent the
spread of this disease. How is this possible?”

Serge Auray

Serge Auray President / Founder

The Canadian businessman, who owns a 140-employee cleaning company specializing in sanitization and disinfection of institutional and industrial sites, wanted to find a non-toxic, effective disinfectant that could be used in barns to reduce disease transmission without raising food safety issues.

It was a tough challenge, but Serge Auray was determined. He did his own research and ran into a microbiology expert and professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Montreal, Sylvain Quessy.

Sylvain Quessy proposed they use a molecule called thymol and told him that adding thymol inside a special formulation would create a very effective green disinfectant. Thymol can be found in the oil produced by the herb thyme. That created the first challenge: The end result would be a mix of water and the thyme based oil, however oil and water don’t mix  well.


Sylvain Quessy

Sylvain Quessy, DMV Scientific advisor at Laboratoire M2

It took 5 challenging years of research and testing in order to find the «special formulation» and required Auray to find a state-of-the-art lab for his new company, Laboratoire M2. The end-product, Thymox, exceeded all expectations.

I get calls every day from big global organizations wanting to know about our disinfectant technology,” he says. “People are very concerned about the health effects of chemical products.

In December 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Thymox and rated it effective against viruses in one minute, bacteria in two minutes and fungi in three minutes. Thymox acts faster than other popular household cleaners such as CloroxTM or LysolTM. Thymox is also a less toxic alternative, biodegradable and has a pleasant aroma. Thymox is now used as a preventive treatment against hoof infection and other diseases in many farms  all across the world.

About Laboratoire M2

Laboratoire M2 is renowned for its innovation and expertise in disinfection and safety. As a state-of-the-art level 2 containment microbiology laboratory, it has developed a thymol-based disinfectant-cleaner formulation which is available for private labeling to distributors for industrial, disaster restoration, institutional, medical, dental and household use.
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