Eli Harris, Marquette, Ecolab Clorox discussed on Outcomes Rocket

Outcomes Rocket


Hey everybody saw marquette's here with the outcomes rockets and i'm super excited to tell you about today's guest. His name is eli harris. He may be young. But don't underestimate him. He's driven by an unwavering work ethic and desire to change the world for the better. He's worked for leading high tech companies around the world and launched two successful startups all before his thirtieth birthday now as president and co founder of ours zero. He's taken on his most ambitious challenge yet tackling the transmission of pathogens in the kobe nineteen era and beyond he truly is revolutionizing the twenty billion plus infection prevention industry. And we're going to hone in on that today and so ally tell us a little bit about yourself here. Maybe something that. I left that your intro and welcome to have me i appreciate. Your show is very impressive in all. Take any opportunity. I can't tell the story. And i'm grateful to be here. Thanks to all those who are listening but my name is eli harris from california. I actually spent my last eight years. In mainland china Started out on the foreign service. Track did a couple of fulbright's in beijing then it went down south to dj the drone company in five years ago spun out Started my first. Business manufacturing large lithium ion battery packs for energy storage. Uninterrupted power supply us. I was fortunate skilled. That business ray. Several rounds of capital. We had a of ups and downs in the end. I actually was I had a small exit. I was bought out of that venture after or and a half years running out a ceo. I did exit a bit early Since that exit that company is now valued over a billion dollars. Unfortunately i get to share in that in that financial material success but i take pride in that in. That journey is the first time entrepreneur going through the motions through an exit. Fifteen months ago got lost on our zero in. Data's where my my hurt head is now and i think what's most relevant you guys in would love to learn about how that journey came together and what we're doing now yemen. Nah i appreciate it and certainly looking forward to learning more so eli fantastic work and all this stuff before your thirtieth birthday which is amazing right. I mean it's just so cool to to hear the stuff that you've done talk to us a little bit about our zero. What is it that you guys are doing. how are you adding value to the healthcare ecosystem. Yes so it was almost sixteen months ago. Now with the academic. I started a a ticket hold. I got in touch with the two mentors in mind. Both entrepreneurs who i've known for about a decade and the three of us started talking about how there's certain events throughout history that just create everlasting societal and infrastructural changes in a dork way. We kinda like in what was happening of the pandemic to nine eleven. How after nine eleven. We have the department of homeland security. You have. tsa fourteen thousand agents. You still can't take a water bottle of where shoes through the airport. You go to a ballgame. You walk through a metal detector. These are all new standards that were created and adopted post nine eleven in some of these psychological star tissue after that event accelerated decrease adoption of those standards. But we never arrest fundamentally the world took on a new posture around security in all shared spaces at our thesis. Fear was at this event of the pandemic was going to broaden that word security to biosecurity to biosafety and in the standards that all organizations are gonna fold as they regard a human health in the safety of their staff their patrons of their communities at large so what we did. Kind of unpacking the disinfection industry. And we've learned quickly that this is a massive industry. Hundreds of billions of dollars market cap governed by these goliath players. Ecolab clorox se. johnson diversey. All of these companies are extremely old. Some over a hundred years old and more or less all pushing commodity chemicals and our response to the pandemic was to go around and host buildings down the chemicals. And that's what we did in. This industry has not evolved with the technology that is becoming become commonplace in almost every other industry. It's extremely antiquated in what we're doing with chemicals. I mean there's there's a lot of limitations there one is. They're not always that effective. There's a lot of human error and how they're applied there's a massive labor cost a massive op ex chemical costs at. It's horrible for the environment. So we got in touch with. Dr richard wade and dr wade actually ran cal osha for fifteen years. He taught at harvard oxford. Uc irvine. We like to call him. The michael jordan's disinfection. He's he's forgotten more about this industry than most of us will ever learn. And he's quite special but he let us on a study to really understand. What are the best tools that exist in infection prevention today. And why have we not democratized access to those tools. So we started looking at hospitals thinking that ever since their advent hospitals are a place where you actually encouraged the sick to gather and you have to learn to control the spread of disease and in a hospital be highest risk environment is surgical environment. You have open exposed blaze and oftentimes. You're dealing with medi cottages. So dr wade let us on a study really understand what happens in the surgical theater in operating rooms right now. That is the gold standard for infection. Prevention we learned that hospitals do three things. Pretty darn well. They practice good hand hygiene. You see doctors scrubbing scrub out. Second is a chemical wipes on high touch highest surfaces as when used appropriately chemicals are effective in third just the gold standard in all operating rooms. Today is the use of these large. Uv light towers. And what's really interesting is uv. C. is extremely old technology in nineteen. Oh three the nobel prize for medicine was awarded. For the discovery of the.

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