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WIPO Forum hosts pioneering innovators

December 2013

By Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO

For companies operating in a competitive market, innovation is a way of life. We all benefit from the stream of new and improved products and services that result. Every once in a while, however, trail-blazing pioneers emerge with a new game plan that disrupts the status quo.

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Four such visionaries, each turning the dial on established practice in their quest to improve the quality of medicine, food and shelter shared their experiences with intellectual property (IP) policy-makers at the first WIPO Forum From inspiration to innovation: the game-changers, on September 24, 2013.

These four game-changers Diébédo Francis Kéré (architect), Gopalan Sunderraman (inventor of the “Chotukool” cooling system), Anthony Atala (a pioneer of regenerative medicine) and Henry Markram, (at the frontline of brain research) discuss their ground-breaking achievements and share their views on the elements that need to be in place to enable innovation to thrive.

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