Lynchburg, VA – In three years, NanoTouch Materials went from a couple of guys with an idea to a company with international appeal.
You may have seen their product, the removal NanoSeptic Surfaces, at Lynchburg’s YMCA or the Craddock Terry Hotel. Now orders are coming from around the world for a product born in the Heart of Virginia.
Dennis Hackemeyer and Mark Sisson know what it’s like to have an idea worth millions.
“I was like, ‘I can’t sleep! I can’t stop thinking about this. And, he said, “You too?'” said Hackemeyer.
Hackemeyer, a former Marine, also knows what it’s like to have something other entrepreneurs don’t: The nerve to follow through.
“We were very excited about having something we could be passionate about that, literally, could make some change in the world,” he said.
Their passion is something unlike anything in the world. They know, because they invented it.
It’s called NanoSeptic, and it’s the world’s only continuously self-cleaning surface. It fights the spread of disease with engineering and technology instead of elbow grease or chemicals.
“It’s something that doesn’t just trap and kill bacteria. It traps and kills viruses, including C. diff. and C. diff spores,” said Hackemeyer.
Their product is popular in medical facilities, but the thing about bacteria: is that it’s everywhere.
NanoTouch Materials has sold mouse pads in the business world, door stickers to the YMCA and cleaning mats to the Craddock Terry Hotel.
“Every time we hit those milestones, it appeared to be ‘Yes,'” said Hackemeyer.
Next month, NanoSeptic will be in the Lynchburg City Schools and Liberty Christian Academy. Next year, it’ll be Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It’s not just a Lynchburg start-up anymore.
“You know, that’s in multiple markets, diverse revenue streams, and the consumers love it. They get it. They see NanoSeptic, and they understand,” said Hackemeyer.
The guys over at NanoTouch Material are raising money for even more research.
It’s expensive, so they’re using a crowd-sourcing website called Indie-Gogo.