The winning entries will be chosen today, the first day of MEDICA by a jury of medical specialists and business representatives. The top three entries will receive awards totalling €10,000.
About 50 doctors, scientists, engineers, technicians and care professionals were amongst the entrants this year. Their proposals covered a broad spectrum of specialties, ranging from methods to detect cancer to a novel, synthetic heart valve to a vibrating training device for wheelchair users.
The winning project of the last Fresenius Inventors’ Fair was from a team of scientists at Regensburg University of Applied Sciences and Passau University. They developed a pen equipped with sensor technology to record neuromuscular activity in the hand. The sensor pen provides data that can prove useful in the diagnosis of diseases, such as Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and stroke. Second place was awarded to two new orthopaedic surgical instruments that allow for removal of worn implants with minimal bone damage. Both these devices are already being marketed. Other past have included a needle to easily draw blood from premature babies, a device for a virtually pain free colonoscopy, a new method for the manufacture of nitrogen monoxide and a mobile device to wash bedridden patients.
“The Fresenius Inventors’ Fair offers exhibitors the chance to present their innovations to industry representatives and doctors,” Jury Member and physician Martin Hepper said. “Fresenius hopes to help link inventors with companies that will further develop or market their innovations. Groundbreaking ideas should help treat the sick rather than land in an archive somewhere.” Past fairs have proven to be useful platforms for inventors to network with businesses.
The Fresenius Inventor’s Fair is in Hall 8b. The award ceremony starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19th. Further information on the Inventor’s Fair can be found on the internet at www.fresenius-erfindermesse.de.