2018 Award Recipients
The 2018 Patents for Humanity awards recognize nine recipients and six honorable mentions.
An award ceremony honoring the award winners will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. This event is open to the public. Please register to attend.
For creating a portable, low-water kidney dialysis machine for potential use in a wide variety of care settings, including those that lack the infrastructure required for traditional dialysis.
U.S. National Institutes of Health
For creating a low-cost, temperature tolerant rotavirus vaccine for use in developing countries, with 3.8 million doses ordered by the government of India’s childhood immunization program.
Little Sparrows Technologies
For creating a portable low-cost phototherapy device for treating jaundice in infants, which causes 100,000 newborn deaths a year.
For creating time-sensitive color chemicals to ensure proper disinfection procedures by health workers in Ebola treatment centers and other health care settings.
For creating tools for low-cost drilling of water wells to reach deep aquifers free from soil contaminants.
Brooklyn Bridge to Cambodia Inc
For creating an affordable rice planting device that helps Cambodian farmers improve their crop yields, and which minimizes the number of farmers, mostly women, who have to work in the most exhausting and unhealthy conditions.
For designing a portable solar light that has been distributed to over 200,000 people worldwide including many in refugee camp.
For designing a waste processing plant that transforms human waste into sanitary briquettes that replace wood and charcoal for heating and cooking, with four plants serving 10,000 people in Kenya by the end of the year.
For distributing 180,000 pairs of resizable shoes in over 95 countries, with local manufacturing taking place in Ethiopia and plans for Haiti and Kenya.
Learn more about the 2018 winners