Vital Vio Using Lights to Kill Bacteria

Two years ago, we introduced you to Vital Vio, a tech company that makes bacteria-killing lights for the medical field. Since our feature, it's seen significant growth and it's introducing its technology into even more consumer markets. In this week's Capital Region Business Beat, our Jon Dougherty revisits the Troy company that's helping make a healthier, and brighter future.

TROY, N.Y. -- In January 2014, it was just a prototype; A disinfecting light that could significantly reduce bacteria.

Two years later, Vital Vio now has 10 employees and is ramping up production of its germ killing lights.

"The demand that we've seen from the issue that society faces overall with harmful germs has really helped our growth," said Vital Vio President & Co-Founder Colleen Costello.

Vital Vio's lights are installed in several hospitals around the country including St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. Tests have shown its white lights can reduce dangerous bacteria like MRSA, salmonella and E. Coli.

"Our technology, by reducing healthcare acquired infections (HAI) is more than offsetting the cost of the problem," Vital Vio CEO Stephen Pett said.

Petti is an entrepreneur with a rich healthcare background. He said the company is breaking new ground in the healthcare industry.

"We're alone with this technology right now and with big partners in hand we thing we can penetrate and make a difference," he said.

Vital Vio's lights are not just for hospitals. They can be installed about anywhere, including a new unit made for an ambulance.

"It's better than anything else that's out there and it's flexible to the extent that we can now develop new form factors, new types of products," Petti said. "We can get this down to the size of a thumbnail."

"Anywhere you can imagine somewhere where you want to remove germs. Somewhere like a food production facility, your own bathroom, a hospital environment; We're able to use lighting in a new way in order to affect these germs," said Costello.

There's no telling what the future holds form Vital Vio, but like the lights they produce, it's bright.

"We're onto something here and I think this is going to be one of those Capital Region ventures that really puts us on the map," Petti said.

"There's a lot of exciting things on the horizon, and you'll certainly be seeing more of us in the news in the future," Costello added.

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