Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on emerging solutions that mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic. Here, we are taking a look at some of the top disinfecting & sanitizing solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Disinfection & Sanitizing Solutions
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 98 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Touchland – Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
Hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content effectively kill all coronaviruses. Alcohol-based sanitizers are a great solution to prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, especially in areas or situations wherein clean water and soap are not readily available.
Touchland, a US-based startup, produces hand sanitizer mists and dispensers. The touchless hand sanitizer dispensers are fitted with hand sanitizer mists that contain denatured ethyl alcohol, aloe vera, radish root ferment filtrate, and essential oils. Using the startup’s app, up to 100 dispensers can be monitored for refills or battery replacements.
NanoPure – Disinfecting Platform
Alcohol, chlorine and chlorine compounds, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, and hydrogen peroxide are some of the most commonly used chemical disinfecting agents. Startups are developing novel formulations of different disinfecting agents to enhance their potential and effectiveness.
The US-based company NanoPure offers a nanotechnology-based disinfecting platform that kills more than 99.99% of air- and surface-borne mold, bacteria, and viruses. The patented platform consists of a fluid protection system with hypochlorous acid (HOCL) as the major component. It possesses a micro-aerosol generator that converts the HOCL solution into high volume, sub-micron sized aerosol.
UV Smart – Medical Instrument Disinfection
Medical instruments, personal protective equipment (PPE), and devices need to be thoroughly disinfected to prevent the spread of deadly microbes. Moreover, there is a huge shortage of PPE across the globe due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, startups are working on ways to make non-reusable PPE, especially face masks, fit for reuse.
The Dutch startup UV Smart works on medical instrument disinfection devices based on their patented Impelux™ technology. The technology makes use of short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) which kills more than 99.99% of micro-bacteria, fungi, and viruses without damaging medical instruments or materials. The startup’s FFP2 (N95) face mask disinfection devices are already enabling hospitals in the Netherlands to reuse face masks.
Delox – Bio-Decontamination
Favorable conditions of temperature, humidity, and nutrients stimulate the growth of harmful microorganisms possible in any environment such as factories or hospitals among others. Therefore, disinfection solutions also need to be suitable for all kinds of facilities with proper safety considerations.
Portuguese startup Delox, a spin-off of the University of Lisbon, creates bio-decontamination solutions. The solutions apply to facilities in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, pharma, industry 4.0, and space. Delox’s solutions offer hydrogen peroxide solid formulations and faster aeration modules to eliminate nearly all microbial contamination.
Soapy – Hand Wash Microstation
Maintaining clean hands is one of the easiest and most important practices for reducing the chance of infection for several highly contagious infectious diseases including COVID-19. Simple soap formulations along with the proper hand wash technique destroy viruses, such as coronaviruses, and bacteria present on hands.
The Israel-based startup Soapy develops an Internet of Things (IoT)-connected, eco-friendly hand-wash microstation. The startup uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms and facial recognition to ensure that each user washes their hands according to the WHO’s hand hygiene guidelines.
How To Flatten The Curve?
This is an unprecedented situation for many of us across the world. The SARS outbreak in the early 2000s claimed 774 lives. That toll was enough to drive research & development and easier healthcare solutions. It is an encouraging fact that several mobile health, e-health, diagnostics, robotics, and remote health startups and emerging companies are able to respond during a pandemic. With thousands of deaths already, we expect to see numerous new companies offering technology-driven solutions to help doctors, nurses, other health workers, and the larger public.