2013 Award Recipients

Patents for humanity - it's not just an invention


The 2013 Patents for Humanity awards recognize ten recipients in five categories, with six more honorable mentions.

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

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2013 Award Winners

Drugs & vaccines icon  Medical - 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.


Diagnostics icon Medical - 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.


Clean Tech icon  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.


for delivering solar light bulbs and phone chargers for off-grid villages through local entrepreneurs.


Nutrition icon  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.


Info Tech icon  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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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.

  • Novartis for developing a new drug combination to treat malaria and distributing it with public sector partners in malaria-endemic countries.
  • Anacor Pharmaceuticals for researching and licensing a new drug candidate for African sleeping sickness, a neglected tropical disease.
  • GE Healthcare for creating affordable manufacturing plants to locally produce vaccines and blood products in developing regions.
  • Northwestern University for developing a quick, simple HIV test to screen newborns in Africa.
  • EnterpriseWorks (Relief International) for creating a portable, affordable rainwater collection and storage tank to supply clean drinking water.
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for developing and commercializing a low-cost water treatment plant in India to sterilize water with ultraviolet light.