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CEOKID Spotlight: DiscoverSTEM Teen Inventor Manish Rangan

Taking what we’ve learned from the pandemic, DiscoverSTEM inventor, Manish Rangan, has created a product that will help consumers prioritize and redefine their safety.

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Your product-based company, UVSET, created SAFETouch using UV-C technology. What is SAFETouch? What problem are you solving?

UVSET SAFETouch, at its core, is a door handle sanitizer. According to a University of Arizona study, if an infected person walks into a traditional office building using their door handle, up to 60% of people in the building can be infected within just two to four hours. Likewise, research has shown that without constant encouragement, hospital workers wash their hands only about 40 percent of the time and that within just a few hours, viruses can spread to 40 to 60 percent of workers or visitors in a facility from just one contaminated door handle – for a hospital, that could be the difference between life and death for the ill patients. Additionally, influenza causes 40,000 deaths in the US, with nearly all being senior citizens due to their significantly weaker immune systems.

The problem is clear – door handles are one of the largest spreaders of diseases in your households, workplaces, shopping centers, etc, and therefore must be targeted in order to keep people safe.

What inspired your team to form UVSET Inc.?

Our team is made of four high school students (Hisham Ahmad CMO, Humza Sheikh CTO, Vihan Yerubandi CFO, myself CEO) and one college graduate (Aiman Khan COO). We are all graduates of the DiscoverSTEM program, where we learned to become better innovators. As part of this program, we designed, innovated, and filed a patent for the concept of UVSET SAFETouch. Then, because of the impending danger of the pandemic and COVID-19, we decided as a team to commercialize and bring our innovation to the market, thus founding UVSET Inc (UV Sanitize Every Touch). While SAFETouch is our first product, we do not expect it to be the last, as our goal is to Sanitize Every Touch in order to limit the spread of germs and viruses as much as possible.

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