Updated May 30, 2020

Highlight: Colored bleach additive

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Jason Kang

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Preventing infections and empowering health workers and patients with disinfection you can see

Highlight is a powder additive that is combined with existing bleach disinfectants. Highlight-enhanced bleach is colorized blue to ensure no spots on a surface are missed, has modified liquid properties to eliminate droplet formation and allow the disinfectant to fully cover and adhere to waterproof surfaces, and which then fades from blue to colorless to indicate in real-time when the contact ...
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Highlight is a powder additive that is combined with existing bleach disinfectants. Highlight-enhanced bleach is colorized blue to ensure no spots on a surface are missed, has modified liquid properties to eliminate droplet formation and allow the disinfectant to fully cover and adhere to waterproof surfaces, and which then fades from blue to colorless to indicate in real-time when the contact time has been met and decontamination is done. Highlight comes in pre-filled bottles or pouches that are mixed into set volumes of standard, widely-used 0.5% bleach/chlorine solutions (i.e. sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, and NaDCC). Highlight dissolves instantly, and the color will last in the sprayer or container for 5 hours, but will fade in minutes after being applied on a surface. Highlight is easy to implement as it is intended to be combined with existing disinfectants and sprayers, and there is no need for new equipment, training, or overhauls in protocol. Rather than competing with current products, Highlight bridges the gap between simply having a disinfectant and actually being able to use it effectively.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Kinnos is a venture-backed company that is in the process of commercializing and implementing Highlight. Highlight is used internationally by humanitarian agencies, first responders, and hospitals for both epidemic outbreaks and routine disinfection.
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Focus Areas:

Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Infectious & Vector Diseases

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Employees
$8,500,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

Less than half of critical surfaces in healthcare settings are properly cleaned with a disinfectant, contributing to unnecessarily high rates of infection. While studies have shown that improved disinfection proficiency can reduce infections by up to 80%, existing approaches to reduce human error during disinfection do not improve technique effectively. Low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately impacted by healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

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Solution

Highlight is an award-winning and patented color additive for disinfectants that enables even untrained personnel to immediately use a disinfectant correctly. Because it is just an additive that is combined with existing disinfectants that are already widely used, Highlight can be immediately integrated into healthcare systems to radically improve quality control and disinfection compliance. Peer-reviewed studies have shown that Highlight quantitatively improves cleaning technique.

Target Beneficiaries

Highlight eliminates human error from surface decontamination to protect patients, healthcare workers, and the general public from infections. We envision a future where healthcare workers aren’t afraid to head to the front lines of the next epidemic outbreak and where a patient getting a minor surgery does not have to worry about contracting a life-threatening infection. We are currently using Highlight to protect front-line workers from COVID-19.

Mission and Vision

Highlight has two major impacts: 1) improving the efficacy of epidemic response by increasing volunteer turnout and preventing medical staff and patients from becoming infected, and 2) reducing the rate of infection (especially HAIs and antimicrobial resistance) in healthcare settings by improving quality control and compliance when disinfecting surfaces. The goal of Highlight is to rapidly scale a global standard for disinfection that will prevent unnecessary infections.

Competitive Advantage

Highlight is the only color additive for disinfectants on the market and has no direct competitors. Rather than trying to replace existing disinfectants that healthcare settings are already using, Highlight is intended to enhance their performance and make them easier to use by enforcing real-time compliance. Non-direct competitors include disinfection technologies such as electronic foggers and UV lights, as well as quality control devices like ATP bioluminescence swabs. However, these alternatives do not replace the need for disinfectants; they are supplementary and a disinfectant must first be used with proper coverage and contact time to remove bioburden. Highlight can be easily integrated into existing workflows, provide real-time quality control monitoring that managers, health workers, and patients can all visibly see, and train health workers how to use the technology and disinfect properly as it is being used.

Planned Goals and Milestones

In response to COVID-19, Highlight has been deployed by EMS/fire units in the United States for ambulance and PPE doffing decontamination, and we've been able to donate some product to a hospital for spraying down their screening room. Currently engaged with a number of local, state, federal, and international partners for expanding reach of Highlight to ensure that surface disinfection is being conducted effectively every single time.
Funding Goal5,000,000
New Implemented CountriesBangladesh, Tanzania
RecruitProject Manager for low- and middle-income countries
New FeatureExpand to include non-bleach disinfectants

The Team Behind the Innovation

Kinnos was founded by a trio of Columbia University undergrads in 2014 in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Since then, the Kinnos founders have been recognized as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare, were grantees of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, and were honored as one of the US Patent and Trademark Office's Patents for Humanity winners. Our CTO Katherine Jin has been featured by the United Nations in celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

May 2020
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
May 2019
Aug 2018
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Apr 2015
Funds RaisedPENDING
Dec 2014
Created

Supporting Materials

Donskey-AJIC-Evaluation-of-novel-chemical-additive-that-colorizes-chlorine-based-disinfectants-to-improve-visualization-of-surface-coverage-.pdf
Field-testing-of-a-novel-color-indicator-added-to-chlorine-solutions-used-for-decontamination-of-surfaces-in-Ebola-Treatment-Units.pdf