Instead of scalpels and chemotherapy, doctors are increasingly resorting to high-tech solutions in the fight against cancer: Nano-capsules and proton radiation are among the most promising new patented technologies benefitting patients worldwide. The roster of groundbreaking inventions also includes numerous finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award.
Big things come in small packages: All across medicine, biochemistry and material sciences, minuscule nano-particles are unleashing their tremendous potential. The EPO helps retrieve "nano" inventions from millions of entries in the European Patent Office (EPO) patent database with a dedicated patent classification scheme (called "B82Y-Patents").
Colonoscopy with a “pill camera”
As an alternative to costly endoscopic screenings, a pill-shaped camera invented by Gavriel Iddan from Israel delivers high-resolution images from inside the human body.
Every heart beats to a different rhythm. The dynamic pacemaker developed by three Dutch inventors can be tailored to suit individual patients.
Breakthroughs in synthetic biology by Jason Chin and Oliver Rackham enabled the manufacturing of artificial proteins for medical applications and research.