Tanja Nickel already applied for a patent, when she was only 17 years old. Until today this patent is the foundation of her company: In 2016, after she went to law school, she founded UVIS UV-Innovative Solutions GmbH together with her business partner Katharina Obladen which specializes in UV disinfection of surfaces. The first product is ESCALITE, a disinfection module for the handrails of escalators. The idea for the module was developed during a business plan competition for pupils, in which Nickel and Obladen took part in 2010 – in times of the swine flu
Today, UVIS has five employees, operates throughout Europe, and develops new disinfection solutions for surfaces. The two managing directors were honoured with the price of the NRW Gründerforum 2017 and the third place of the Darboven IDEE-Förderpreis 2017.