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From Google Glass to FitBits, gadget lovers around the world just can’t get enough of the latest trend: wearable technology. According to The Journal and market research firm IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker®, more than 71 million wearables were shipped in the last year. With the Olympics underway, see how athletes at Rio will be using wearable inventions.
The Property Rights Alliance (PRA) is proud to announce the release of the 2016 International Property Rights Index (IPRI), the world’s only index entirely dedicated to the measurement of intellectual and physical property rights. Covering 128 countries, the IPRI reports on the property rights systems affecting 98 percent of the world Gross Domestic Product and 93 percent of the world population. The Index will be officially presented on August 10 in New Delhi, India, hosted by the India Property Rights Alliance (IPRA).
India is home to some of the world’s leading inventors and brightest creative minds.
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Technology can do a lot of things.  But as Indian inventor Umesh Sachdev discovered, people’s ability to interact with technology in their local language is critical to bridging the digital divide. 

 

Getting life-saving medications to as many people as possible is the right thing to do. But how can patients and healthcare providers better tailor treatments to a particular disease or condition – particularly when the disease is caused by a mutating virus like HIV? That’s the kind of question innovators like Dr. Imogen Wright, a South African scientist, ask themselves. And that’s how medical breakthroughs occur.

Every year, the BIO International Convention brings together some of the brightest innovators and business minds for conversations on the latest challenges in the biopharmaceutical industry.

This year’s influential conversations showed how connections between industry leaders, inventors and investors can lead to scientific discovery

Inside the global community of innovators lie promising inventions that are poised to tackle the globe’s toughest challenges. Here we explore three teams of inventors, their routes to discovery and what their biopharmaceutical inventions could mean for the future.

Acquiring naming rights is just the cherry on top for Kosuke Morita, whose team discovered the 113th element on the periodic table. Morita and his research team at RIKEN Nishina Center in Japan began their quest to discover what’s temporarily known as ununtrium – the element now found between copernicium and flerovium on the periodic table – almost two decades ago. Morita says he hopes this discovery will lead to the discovery of more stable elements with longer half-lives.

Leaving his position as director of research at a drug-making company in New Jersey, Xian-Ping Lu took a big risk – he moved to China, where he spent more than 14 years developing a medicine that treats a rare lymph node cancer. The medical industry in China is growing with more and more drug developers taking advantage of an environment that fosters biomedical innovation. Lu’s patented cancer treatment, now approved for use in the U.S., is treating cancer patients across the globe.

Dominic Wilcox understands that creativity is in all of us, but sometimes we need an extra push to bring ideas to life. Wilcox founded the INVENTORS! project, which allows children from his hometown of Sunderland, England, to draw up inventions and see them come to life with the help of talented volunteers. From a kitchen tool that cuts potatoes into fries and shoots them directly into a hot deep fryer, to a miniature umbrella that guards ladybugs from the rain, young inventors are encouraged to innovate without reservation.