Highlight from Kinnos Recognized as One of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2023

Innovative colorization technology that makes cleaning visible is honored by TIME for its ability to improve cleaning quality in hospitals by 95%, helping to create a safer world

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinnos today announced that Highlight®, its novel technology for colorizing disinfectant wipes, earned a special mention in the TIME Best Inventions of 2023 list. Kinnos was named to the list for its potential to better equip healthcare in its fight against a rising tide of global infectious diseases and multi-drug resistant organisms.

Infection prevention is an urgent issue for healthcare centers in North America. New threats like Candida auris continue to emerge just as multiple studies show that less than 50% of hospital surfaces are properly cleaned. These improperly cleaned surfaces can result in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which impact millions of patients and lead to billions in direct costs every year in the United States alone.  

Invented in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Kinnos’ patented Highlight technology is now being used to help healthcare providers improve cleaning and establish higher standards for infection prevention. It is specifically formulated to turn the most trusted and widely used disinfectants blue, making it easier to see what has been cleaned and how thoroughly. This novel approach has been proven to improve cleaning quality in hospitals by up to 95%, helping to break the chain of infection and better protect the world’s most vulnerable patients.

“Being recognized by TIME is an incredible validation of what has truly been an entire team effort,” said Jason Kang, Kinnos Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer. “It’s been an amazing journey growing Highlight from an idea into a commercial technology that is now a potent weapon in the fight against infectious diseases. This honor will serve as inspiration as we redouble our efforts to innovate in support of healthcare workers who often go underappreciated for the important work they do to make environments of care safer for everyone, everywhere.”

To compile the list, TIME solicited nominations from TIME's editors and correspondents around the world, and through an online application process. TIME then evaluated each contender on a number of key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition, and impact. The result is a list of inventions that are changing how we live, work, play, and think about what’s possible. For the full list visit: time.com/best-inventions-2023/.

Highlight from Kinnos was also recently recognized in the Fast Company 2023 Innovation by Design awards. To learn more about Highlight, please visit https://kinnos.com/

About Kinnos
Founded during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Kinnos is pioneering ways to more optimally employ proven disinfectants for a safer healing environment amidst a rising tide of infections globally. The company’s flagship product is Highlight, a patented, award-winning, and hospital-grade color additive platform that improves technique and compliance for the gold standard in disinfection. Already in use by hospitals, first responders, and transit agencies around the world, Highlight's real-time color visualization platform has been shown in independent studies to consistently increase thoroughness of cleaning. Kinnos is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. www.kinnos.com.

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Lynn Wallace
Cosmo PR for Kinnos