SteriPEN is now part of the Katadyn Group Family!  Learn more at www.steripen.com

Our Beginnings

Miles Maiden, the founder of Hydro-Photon, Inc. and a dedicated outdoorsman, thought that there were better ways than filters or chemicals to purify water in the wild. After years of research, he dedicated himself to the development of ultraviolet technology – the same technology used in municipal water treatment plants – for use in a personal, portable device that would provide the user with safe drinking water anywhere. Hydro-Photon received its first SteriPEN® patent in 1999.

Our Brand

In 1999, the first SteriPEN® was sold through REI, and in 2011 TIME Magazine named the SteriPEN® one of the “Top 100 All-Time Gadgets.” The SteriPEN® is now known as the first and fastest portable UV water purifier available. It destroys viruses, bacteria and protozoa—including Giardia and Cryptosporidium—in seconds. Its speed, effectiveness and portability have impressed end users and media alike. Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, Newsweek, and the Today Show have featured SteriPEN® as a powerful, user-friendly alternative to pumps, chemicals and filters.

In August 2017, the SteriPEN® brand was sold to Katadyn North America, and is now part of a fine family of water treatment and outdoor brands.

Our Location

Katadyn North America is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Our SteriPEN R&D Technologists remain in SteriPEN’s® home location. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to be surrounded by such natural beauty. In our community of Hancock County, Maine, sailboats dot the river and we can see the mountains of Acadia National Park to the north, and the Camden Hills to the south. Our community attracts artists of all kinds; land and wildlife conservationists; activists; and organic farmers. Many people move here because they want to make a change from fast-paced urban living, to find balance in their day-to-day. Living here also tends to bring out the protector in us, the urge to respect our natural resources and do our part to make the world a better place.