Per the European Patent Office the recipients of the 2013 European Inventor Awards:
“The Research Award went to Mr. Patrick Couvreur, Ms. Barbara Stella, Ms. Véronique Rosilio, Mr. Luigi Cattel, from Paris-Sud University, for their invention of nano-capsules.
The Industry Award went to Mr. Claus Hämmerle and Mr. Klaus Brüstle, from Austrian manufacturer Julius Blum, for their invention of a damper system for soft closing of furniture doors, drawers and wall cabinets called ‘Blumotion’.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to Mr. Martin Schadt, of Switzerland, inventor of the world’s first flat-panel liquid crystal display, better known as LCD, which has paved the way for the low-energy devices, such as flat screens, tablet computers and mobile phones, now used by millions of people worldwide.
The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Award went to Mr. Pål Nyrén of Sweden, for inventing pyrosequencing ─ a far faster, less complicated and cheaper method of sequencing DNA strands.
The Popular Prize Award went to Mr. José Luis López Gómez of Spain, whose invention to use a unique ‘independent guided’ wheel design rather than a standard axle on high-speed passenger trains makes those trains some of the most comfortable and safe in the industry.
The Non-European Countries Award went to Mr. Ajay V Bhatt, Mr. Bala Sudarshan Cadambi, Mr. Jeff Morris, Mr. Shaun Knoll, Ms. Shelagh Callahan, from the US, for creating and developing the industry standard Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology.”
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