2015 Award Recipients

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A trophy being presented during the 2013 Patents for Humanity award ceremony. (USPTO Photo by Amando Carigo)

The 2015 Patents for Humanity awards ceremony recognizes seven recipients in five categories, plus three honorable mentions, selected from the 2014 application period. Read more about their stories below.

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  • Award Winners
  • Honorable Mentions
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Award Winners

 

Medicine

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Sanofi

for supplying large quantities of anti-malarial compounds on an at-cost basis for use in developing countries.

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Novartis AG

for identifying new drug compounds for potentially treating drug-resistant tuberculosis and providing them to the non-profit TB Alliance for further development.

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Sanitation

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American Standard

for distributing 700,000 “SaTo” safe toilet latrine pans to communities in Africa and Southeast Asia.

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Energy

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SunPower Corp

for providing rechargeable lanterns as a safer alternative to kerosene lamps in Philippine villages, via shipping containers converted into portable, solar-powered energy stations.

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Nutrition

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Nutriset

for fighting childhood malnutrition by creating a worldwide network of partners to supply their patented Plumpy’Nut® formula using local ingredients.

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Golden Rice

for creating vitamin-A enriched strains of rice to prevent thousands of cases of blindness and death each day in people who subsist primarily on rice.

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Living Standards

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GRIT: Global Research Innovation & Technology

for developing an all-terrain wheelchair using readily available bicycle parts for use in India, Guatemala, Haiti, and other locations.

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Honorable Mentions

The application field was very competitive and there were many great submissions that we could not recognize. These honorable mentions represent the finest such entries that deserve special recognition for their work. Efforts like these to improve the lives of the less fortunate with game-changing technology are vital to overcoming the global challenges facing humanity.

 

 

Medicine

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Case Western Reserve University

for creating a novel, low-cost, accurate malaria detection device to improve treatment.

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InBios International

for developing and distributing diagnostic assays for early detection of dengue fever, improving patient outcomes and aiding disease surveillance.

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Energy

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FlameStower

for creating a device to convert excess heat energy from cooking stoves into electricity to charge phones and other devices, decreasing the cost of energy access for those living in off-grid regions of the world.

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