Alexis Bonnell, Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Agency for International Development, congratulates Sanivation representative Andrew Foote with a hug.
Sanivation, represented by Andrew Foote, designed a treatment plant that processes human waste with solar thermal energy to create charcoal-like briquettes for cooking and heating needs. Four plants have been set up in Kenya.
USPTO Director Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world and serves as principal advisor to the secretary of commerce.
Brooklyn Bridge to Cambodia, represented by Paula Shirk, Bunika San and Todd Hyman, was awarded for the Eli Rice Seeder. It is a convenient rice planting device that improves crop yields, reduces exposure to parasites, pesticides, and physical ailments.
USPTO Director Andrei Iancu awards and congratulates Dr. Nathan Roskam and Audie McRae from Because International.
Because International, represented by Dr. Nathan Roskam and Audie McRae, was awarded for “the shoe that grows.” These adjustable shoes for impoverished children last longer as children grow and help them avoid soil-transmitted illnesses.
Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld recognizes the patent examiners who reviewed the awardees’ patent applications. Each winner receives an acceleration certification for their winning invention.
Russell Crawford was awarded for an inexpensive and easy to transport drilling method to reach deeper aquifers to prevent water contamination. Many businesses in Africa are using his invention.
Alexis Bonnell, Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Agency for International Development, has delivered humanitarian and development programming in over 25 countries and is the founder of the Global Innovation Exchange and Global Innovation Week.
Kinnos Inc., represented by Jason Kang, Katherine Jin, and Kevin Tyan, created chemical additives to improve surface disinfection with chlorine. Their invention improves the ability of workers to properly disinfect surfaces.
National Science Foundation Director Dr. France Córdova is president emerita of Purdue University and chancellor emerita of the University of California. She previously also served as NASA's chief scientist.
Solight Design, represented by Alice Min Soo Chun, designed a portable solar lamp that is distributed to people living in relief camps and can subsequently be carried with them as they change locations.
Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld shakes hands with Medtronic representatives.
Medtronic, represented by Martin Gerber, Kenneth Collier, and Thomas Hughes, was awarded for a portable kidney dialysis machine.
Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, congratulates Little Sparrows representatives, Dr. Donna Brezinski and Dr. Gary Gilbert.
Little Sparrows Technologies, represented by Dr. Donna Brezinski and Dr. Gary Gilbert, created a portable, affordable phototherapy device called the Bili-Hut that is used in rural regions to treat jaundiced newborns.
USPTO Deputy Chief Policy Officer Karin Ferriter welcomes the audience to the USPTO, recognizes partners, and calls up forthcoming speakers.
National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) and Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd., represented by Dr. Kim Green, Dr. Jenish Patel, Dr. Jagdish Zade, Mr. Rajendra Sabale, and Dr. S.S. Pisal. Their vaccin
USPTO Director Andrei Iancu speaks with guests after the award ceremony.
Following the award ceremony, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu speaks with Dr. Donna Brezinski and Dr. Gary Gilbert.