The future of medicine

The future of medicine: New weapons against cancer

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.


Personalised medicine

The future of healthcare will probably be personal, with therapeutics tailored to a patient's individual genomic profile. Here's a look at the game-changing achievements that paved the way for personalised medicine.

Fighting diseases the personal way

The end of "one size fits all" medicine? From cheap, rapid DNA tests to growing new tissue from a patient's own stem cells, personalised prevention and treatment based on individual genomic data suggest that the key to combating diseases may lie in ourselves.


Patents and nanotechnology

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").


Gavriel Iddan

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.

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Customised pacemakers

Every heart beats to a different rhythm. The dynamic pacemaker developed by three Dutch inventors can be tailored to suit individual patients.


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Jason Chin

Artificial proteins

Breakthroughs in synthetic biology by Jason Chin and Oliver Rackham enabled the manufacturing of artificial proteins for medical applications and research.

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