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The European Inventor Award honours the individuals whose inventions impact our lives. Thanks to these pioneers, our world is becoming safer, smarter and more sustainable.
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Scientists at Rhein Biotech invented a method for making proteins in Hansenula yeast, which is used as a key component in the production of an affordable Hepatitis B vaccine. More than 450 million doses of the WHO-qualified vaccine have since been sold in over 90 countries to date, helping combat the spread of the disease.
This invention involves the search for derivatives of muramyl dipeptides posssessing effective anti-tumour and anti-inflammatory elements for the use against cancer-related diseases.
Surface plasmon resonance is a breakthrough in high-throughput protein interaction analysis. Aiding researchers in a host of fields, the technology is real time, non-invasive, and above all, accurate.
Charles E. Perkins’ invention of mobile IP enables mobile devices to be moved between different networks through the use of home agents, foreign agents and mobile nodes.
These chemical compounds have novel anti-viral properties which can be administered orally, thereby increasing their effectiveness against viruses such as HIV or hepatitis B.
A team of Polish inventors discovered a method that enables the production of DNA and RNA components and their analogs in a simple and cost-efficient manner.
Three researchers’ discovery of Erbium-doped fibre amplifiers enabled optical signals to be transmitted hundreds of miles without the need for electronic conversion. This has made long-distance optical communications more cost-effective and manageable, a major pre-requisite for the formation of the Internet as it is today.