Patents for humanity awards.

On April 11th, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the winners of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patents for Humanity program. Launched Last February as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting innovations to solve long-standing development challenges. Patents for Humanity is a competition recognizing patent owners and licensees who address global challenges in health and standards of living.

Entrants competed in four categories: medical technology, food and nutrition, clean technology, and information technology. Applications were accepted through Oct. 31, 2012.
Following is a list of the 2012 Patents for Humanity winners:

Category: Medical – subcategory Medicines & Vaccines

  • Gilead Sciences, for making HIV drugs available to the world’s poor using a network of generics manufacturers in Asia and Africa.
  • University of California, Berkeley, for developing research and license agreements to provide a lower-cost, more reliable way to produce anti-malarial compounds.

Category: Medical – subcategory Diagnostics & Devices

  • SIGN Fracture Care International, for distributing low-cost fracture implants to speed healing in developing world hospitals.
  • Becton Dickinson (BD), for creating a fast, accurate TB diagnosis machine and placing 300 systems in 22 High Burden Countries.

Category: Food & Nutrition

  • DuPont Pioneer, for developing an improved strain of sorghum fortified with more protein and vitamins for use in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Intermark Partners Strategic Management LLP, for extracting edible protein and vitamins from waste rice bran in Latin America.

Category: Clean Tech

  • Procter & Gamble, for distributing a small chemical packet which removes impurities and contaminants from drinking water and has purified nearly 5 billion liters worldwide.
  • Nokero, for delivering solar light bulbs and phone chargers for off-grid villages through local entrepreneurs.

Category: Info Tech

  • Sproxil, Inc, for deploying a system to identify counterfeit drugs with an ordinary cell phone in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Microsoft Corporation, for providing machine learning tools that allow health researchers to better analyze large data sets.

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