July 23, 2015

Georgia Research Alliance Increases Support of Clean Hands Safe Hands, LLC

Company Received Phase III Award

Clean Hands Safe Hands, LLC, a hand hygiene compliance monitoring company, earned a phase III award from GRA Ventures, the commercialization arm of the Georgia Research Alliance.
Originally founded in 2012, Clean Hands Safe Hands entered the GRA Ventures milestone-based commercialization program the same year. Receiving a phase III award is the final stage of the program and accelerates the drive to high growth in revenue and number of employees.
“Clean Hands Safe Hands has demonstrated that it is capable of meeting commercially relevant milestones,” said H. Lee Herron, Vice President of Commercialization. “GRA is excited to be seeding a company that is utilizing research technology that was developed at both Georgia Tech and Emory.”
The Clean Hands Safe Hands (CHSH) system works to improve hand hygiene compliance in hospitals. Hospital-acquired infections not only affect patient care, but they are a major expense for hospitals. Currently, hospitals spend over $10 billion annually treating healthcare-associated infections that are no longer reimbursed by insurance companies. The CHSH system transforms simple soap and alcohol dispensers into a secure, connected device analytics platform that modifies hospital employee behavior. Clinical trials have shown a 400% improvement in compliance while using the CHSH system.
“We are pleased to have received additional support from GRA Ventures,” said Chris Hermann, Founder and CEO, Clean Hands Safe Hands. “We have great momentum and additional capital will help us to increase our sales and product development.”
Headquartered at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center, Clean Hands Safe Hands developed its technology with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. The company was also recognized as the TAG Southeastern Software Association Independent Software Vendor of the Year and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies.
About Georgia Research Alliance
The Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) works to expand research and commercialization capacity in Georgia’s universities to recruit world-class talent, seed new companies, and transform lives. For twenty-five years, GRA has worked to strengthen the research enterprise in Georgia by working in partnership with the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to create the companies and jobs of Georgia’s future.  Visit www.gra.org for more information.
About Clean Hands Safe Hands
Clean Hands Safe Hands (CHSH) is an early stage technology company that has developed a cost-effective, wireless, proprietary technology for the healthcare market. CHSH helps hospitals monitor and improve hand hygiene compliance by transforming groups of simple dispensers into a securely connected device analytics platform. This data improves provider behavior, which increases patient safety and saves hospitals money. See http://www.cleanhands-safehands.com to learn more.
Amanda Schroeder
Director, Public Relations
Georgia Research Alliance