Class of 2015
- Year 2015 - Year 2
- From Toronto, Ontario
- Website cleanslateuv.com
The CleanSlate UV system is a tabletop rapid device sanitizer for improved infection control. It sanitizes smartphones, tablets, glucometers, thermometers and a range of other portable electronics using UV light. Using RFID tags, the CleanSlate provides infection control staff with accurate compliance data on device sanitization.
Taylor Mann: Well, I (Taylor) came up with the idea to clean smartphones because I am a germaphobe. The inspiration to tackle the healthcare market came from speaking with a friend who was a nurse in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, where smartphones are banned because of the risk to the babies, but where parents regularly violate this ban for a variety of fairly heartbreaking reasons. That use case continues to drive us today.
TM: I love Buffalo. I grew up just over an hour away on the Canadian side of the border, and my dad used to have Bills season tickets, so I spent a lot of my childhood travelling in and around this area. It is pretty clear to me that there is a renaissance going on here right now, and that’s why we’re so excited to become a part of the local ecosystem.
TM: Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, have fun, work hard, and learn from your mistakes.