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#9: Ontario-based businesses and the innovation born as a result of COVID-19

CleanSlate UV is the manufacturer of the most rapid (20-second cycles) UV sanitization device for sanitizing mobile devices and other portable electronics equipment.

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About CleanSlate UV.
Manjunath Anand, chief technology officer: CleanSlate UV is the manufacturer of the most rapid (20-second cycles) UV sanitization device for sanitizing mobile devices and other portable electronics equipment. CleanSlate UV allows staff, patients and visitors to sanitize their personal items (phones, tablets and badges) while they wash or sanitize their hands. This helps improve hygiene and reduce the risk of acquired infections. The company was founded in June 2014 out of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.  Since then, our solution has been deployed by more than 300 hospitals, food-processing facilities, hospitality, retail and airports in 12 countries globally. In October 2015, we were awarded a $500,000 (USD) innovation investment by 43North in Buffalo, followed by $7 million Series A financing led by Prolog Ventures in March 2020. Since our Series A financing, our team has grown from six in March 2020 to more than 50, and we continue to grow.
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“Thanks to the team and our partners, we had our product matured and ready to scale”.

On business before COVID-19.
Prior to March 2020, our primary focus was maturing the product, continuing to stabilize our supply chain and internal innovation for future product variants. Our flagship product “CleanSlate UV” was introduced into the market in March 2018 and has been deployed in more than 50 organizations in six countries. This was all made possible by that small team of six, including co-founders, until the Series A was completed. The team was also developing proof of concept for three new product offerings with the help of public funding and co-op students from universities across Canada. 
 
Fighting the pandemic.  
Thanks to the team and our partners, we had our product matured and ready to scale. During the pandemic, our team was able to scale our supply chain and add a new manufacturing facility in Guelph, Ont., which resulted in scaling our production quantities to almost 20 times. We conducted additional testing to validate CleanSlate’s performance against SaRS-CoV-2. Due to limited access to the SaRS-CoV-2 strain, a substitute and harder to deactivate pathogen, MS2 bacteriophage, was tested in July 2020, and later, a surrogate virus Human Coronavirus (HCoV-229E) was tested and showed greater than 99.999 percent deactivation rate. These studies helped grow our presence in healthcare and non-healthcare facilities and have expanded our presence in six new counties in less than six months. Today, CleanSlate UV is available for the public at Hudson’s Bay in Canada, Pearson Airport in Mississauga and we are currently deploying at a local burger chain. 
 
Looking ahead. 
In the next several months, we plan to unveil two new products aimed at further strengthening the utilization of Clean-Slate UV devices. We will be partnering with local universities and hospitals to conduct additional research studies to validate the efficacy of CleanSlate UV against SaRS-CoV-2 and enable reuse of masks through UV disinfection by CleanSlate UV. We will also be ramping up our production capabilities at our partner located in Guelph, Ont., as our sales have grown exponentially increasing since March 2020. We will continue to grow our team to keep up with our demand for the product and currently we have five new positions and a lot more to come in the near future.
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