- The Washington Times - Monday, August 25, 2014

Four male students at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line that changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs.

Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, coined as “the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault,” The Mary Sue reported.

A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present.

“In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime,” the company says on its Facebook page. “That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.”

Undercover Colors is currently raising cash to refine its prototype and pay executives, the Triangle Business Journal reported.

According to a securities filing, the four-person company just raised $100,000 from one investor, in addition to winning the Lulu eGames this spring, sponsored by N.C. State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative

“We are early in the R&D stage for this important product,” Mr. Confrey-Maloney told the Journal.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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