Patents for Humanity Awards 2013 - Medical Diagnostics & Devices




The 2013 Patents for Humanity award winners in the category Medical Diagnostics & Devices.


SIGN Fracture Care International

WHO estimates that 20 to 50 million people are injured by road traffic and other accidents each year, with 90 percent of those in low-income and middle-income countries. The founder of SIGN created an orthopedic nail for leg and arm fractures that reduces hospital stay and increases mobility. Patients are out of bed sooner so they can continue providing for their families during recovery. The SIGN nail was designed by Dr. Zirkle to be implanted in resource-limited hospitals without need for x-rays or power tools, often lacking in the developing world. SIGN provides affordable or free nails, extensive training of surgeons, and vigilant follow-up to nearly 300 hospitals in over 50 developing countries, benefitting more than 70,000 patients so far. The SIGN Nail offers equality of fracture care throughout the world.


Becton Dickinson (BD)

Tuberculosis (TB) caused an estimated 8.8 million illnesses and 1.4 million deaths in 2010, making it the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease worldwide after HIV. The two most common TB tests in the developing world, smear and x-ray, are often inaccurate, leading to misdiagnosis. BD developed the BD™ BACTEC™ MGIT System, a commercial liquid culture system for diagnosing TB that is rapid, accurate, and low-cost. The MGIT System determines which drugs a patient's TB has resistance to, which significantly improves treatment. BD has placed 300 MGIT systems in 22 High Burden Countries where TB cases are high and laboratory access is low, partnering with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics and the Gates Foundation to lower prices and improve access to the technology.