Three Scotsmen have won the title European Inventor of the Year after developing a pain-free way to conduct comprehensive eye examinations. Douglas Anderson, Robert Henderson and Roger Lucas were honored at a ceremony in Slovenia.
Full story from BBC News.
Article and video from European Patent Organisation.
The award for Non-European Inventors was also in the health field. Since the 1980s, US biomedical engineer Philip S. Green of the non-profit research institute SRI International has been working on a robotic system which allows surgeons to carry out complex procedures through incisions barely a couple of centimeters across.
The da Vinci Surgical Robot draws on advances in miniature cameras, imaging displays, robotics and remote control systems to ensure that surgeons can both see and feel what they are doing, even though the work is actually being carried out by robotic arms bearing microtools inserted into the body through small incisions.
A nominee for the Lifetime Achievement Award was Stefan Hell, director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. The nomination was for the Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) Microscope, which not only magnified beyond the Abbé Limit, but surpassed it tenfold. Hell has been active with the SPIE Biomedical Optics Symposium for many years, and is a member of the program committee for the Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences conference, and for numerous conferences in the SPIE Europe biomedical optics conferences.
Awards wrapup from CORDIS News.