Licensing Agreement for HINS light technology

A petri dish bathed in HINS light.

Strathclyde has signed a licensing deal for its High Intensity Narrow Spectrum (“HINS”) lighting technology with US-firm Hubbell Lighting, a world leader in lighting innovation.

HINS lighting technology can suppress bacteria in the air and on surfaces using a narrow spectrum of visible light. The technology and its effectiveness have been the subject of numerous peer-reviewed academic publications, conference presentations and news articles.

For the past five years the University of Strathclyde has been researching HINS lighting technology using laboratory trials and clinical evaluations and has secured multiple patents throughout the world.

Positive impact

Professor Scott MacGregor, vice-principal of the University of Strathclyde and leader of the research team that developed the technology said: “As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde has a long track record of innovation that has a positive impact on society.

“We have demonstrated that HINS-light technology provides significantly greater reductions of bacterial pathogens in the environment than can be achieved by cleaning and disinfection alone, providing a huge step forward in preventing the spread of infection.          

“Our agreement with Hubbell Lighting opens the door for the food and beverage industry and other sectors to benefit from our continuous disinfection technology – helping them keep consumers even safer.”

John DiNardi, general manager and vice president at Hubbell Lighting Components, said: “With more than 130 years of experience illuminating and electrifying the world, Hubbell has a rich history of making product innovations that support customers in key markets and industries

Securing this exclusive license and applying HINS technology to our suite of fixtures to aid in the disinfection of spaces is another example of innovation at work.”

Tom Benton, vice president brand management at Hubbell Lighting, said: “The core of our product development strategy is a customer and market centric approach..

“We serve these customers with an eye on the evolving needs of the marketplace, and in many cases there’s inherent value in luminaires that suppress the growth of harmful bacteria.”

The technology was developed in the University’s pioneering Robertson Trust Laboratory for Electronic Sterilisation Technologies (ROLEST), which is dedicated to controlling infection in a wide range of settings.