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WIPO Global Awards 2024

Celebrating World-Changing Innovations in Health, Climate Tech, and Advanced Technology

A panel of eight international jurors selected the 2024 winners, who beat out competition from more than 660 other SMEs and startups that applied from 107 countries.

The winners of this year’s competition are from Argentina, China, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, and Türkiye. Their innovations in health, agri-food, and quantum technology prove the wide potential of IP to drive progress and enhance quality of life across various sectors.

The awards ceremony was held on July 12 during the WIPO Assemblies, and Director General Daren Tang presented trophies to representatives of the nine winners. During the event, they expressed their crucial needs to the assembly, aiming to provide decision-makers with the insights necessary to optimize the IP commercialization system and truly help companies roll out innovations to the market.

We congratulate all the winners for their remarkable achievements and we now welcome them to benefit from their prize:

  • Tailored 1:1 mentoring on strategies for the commercialization of IP assets, including fundraising and commercial partnership opportunities.
  • International promotion and visibility across various business audiences.
  • Attendance to the prestigious Awards Ceremony and networking events in Geneva, with travel expenses covered.
  • Access to WIPO network and resources for IP management advisory.

2024 WIPO Global Awards Winners

Nine SMEs and startups from across the globe with products ranging from 3D printed bone implants and waste sorting robots to AI-powered brain injury scanners are this year’s WIPO Global Awards winners.

AETECH – Republic of Korea

Many countries lack good systems for handling and sorting waste, which means that plastic, paper, aluminum, e-waste, glass… millions of tons of our waste pile up in landfills or in the natural environment while they could be recycled. AETECH’s robot uses AI deep learning technologies to sort recyclable waste. It learns to accurately identify and categorize waste into 46 subcategories. This efficient solution can sort twice the amount of material a person can handle, offering municipalities and recycling sorting companies cost savings of up to 2.8 times compared to manual sorting. AETECH’s substantial IP portfolio will support their expansion from Korea into Europe, Middle East, Australia, and Southeast Asia.

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Farmer Lifeline Technologies – Kenya

Farmer Lifeline developed a proprietary solar-powered device that uses AI and machine learning-enabled cameras to detect crop pests and diseases at an early stage. These devices then send timely notifications to farmers via text message along with the precise solutions they should use, allowing them to increase their farm yields by up to 40% and reduce crop losses by up to 30%. Farmer Lifeline not only enhances climate resilience for small-scale farmers by providing climate-friendly notifications but also enables farmers to better adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, thus improving their overall sustainability and productivity. The Farmer Lifeline devices are currently being used in over 5,100 farms in Kenya, with 60% of the users of the technology being women.

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Healinno Tech – China

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition where the prostate gland gets larger than normal, which causes problems with urination and discomfort. With 94 million BPH patients worldwide expected to require surgery in the next decade, and only 500,000 surgeries currently performed, there is a significant unmet demand. Healinno Tech's automated waterjet ablation surgical robot facilitates treatments, thanks to its multi-dimensional ultrasound image-based planning, precise water jet control and automated surgical operation. With strong skills in IP management, the company now envisions a group strategy, registering individual products in different group subsidiaries to facilitate the evaluation of the products’ value.

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Laboratorios Química Luar – Argentina

Pneumonia is the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide (source: World Health Organization). To cure respiratory conditions, Laboratorios Química Luar specializes in the development of innovative pharmaceutical products such as their ibuprofen-based formula that can be nebulized in the form of a mist inhaled into lungs. It becomes particularly interesting for complex and underserved conditions such as COVID-19 and Cystic Fibrosis. Laboratorios Química Luar's IP strategy focuses on robust protection of inventions with an emphasis on comprehensive IP management guided by international standards (ISO 56005).

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Meticuly – Thailand

As life expectancy rises, the number of bone replacements is expected to increase dramatically over coming decades. Yet today, surgeons often use pre-sized, ready-to-fit implants that might not perfectly match the patient's unique anatomy. Meticuly has created 3D-printed bone replacements, employing an AI-powered CT scan to design titanium implants that perfectly fit any patient. This significantly improves patients’ quality of life and saves doctors’ time and effort compared to traditional methods. The company has secured its intellectual property with 36 patents in 10 countries, 18 trademarks, over 15 trade secrets, and 2 copyrights, ensuring global operational freedom.

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PONS Technology – Türkiye

In many rural contexts, people simply don’t have access to imaging services early enough to get the appropriate care they need, and in the US alone, 70% of chronic diseases could be solved by a simple ultrasound preventive care. PONS’s medical technology allows health professionals to unlock ultrasound imaging outside hospital settings. It can be featured on any device, without the need for costly new hardware or on-site imaging experts. In Nigerian villages, this technology reduced pregnancy complications from 45% to 25% within just one month. The patented system is supported by a large pharmaceutical company, which helps PONS grow its business internationally.

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Qnami – Switzerland

In order for society to always be more efficient, electronic components of phones, computers, processors have been getting smaller. From the initial 0.35 micrometers to today’s microchips of 3 nanometers, chips keep shrinking! and it has become more and more difficult to manufacture. Qnami has developed the first microscope made of synthetic diamond, using quantum sensing, to accurately measure the ultra-small. The innovation allows manufacturers to visualize matter at the state of a single electron, as well as its magnetic properties. Qnami’s IP strategy focuses on obtaining key patents to secure significant funding, totaling 8M CHF dilutive and 4M CHF non-dilutive to date.

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ScansX – Kuwait

More than 3 billion people worldwide were living with a neurological condition in 2021, a figure that has increased by 18% since 1990. “It is more important than ever to ensure brain health is better understood, valued and protected, from early childhood to later life.” said WHO Director-General in March 2024 (source: World Health Organization). ScansX is revolutionizing brain injury diagnostic procedures by replacing or complementing MRIs with a portable, non-invasive brain scanner. With the power of artificial intelligence, it detects early signs of brain hemorrhages and tumors. ScansX leverages its patents and trademarks through licensing agreements globally.

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Vivo Surgical – Singapore

Natural disasters and global conflicts result in thousands being hurt or displaced. Field hospitals are set-up in tents and shelters, where electricity supply is frequently disrupted or non-existent, to support advanced interventions like surgical care. Vivo Surgical addresses this by developing medical devices that enhance surgeon’s clinician performance. From a battery-powered surgical lighting device to an add-on to any existing endoscope that transforms it into a high-precision surgical tool, Vivo Surgical improves the ability of surgeons to perform complex surgeries with greater ease and speed. Vivo Surgical’s strong IP foundations have resulted in a commercial presence in over 20 countries internationally.

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2024 WIPO Global Awards Finalists

Among the 25 finalists, 9 outstanding companies emerged as winners. Meet the remaining 16 who, despite not securing the top spots, stand as exemplary businesses using IP to drive forward-thinking solutions in their industries.

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BreastScreening AI

Startup – ICT

BreastScreening AI is an advanced AI-powered system focused on early breast cancer detection by analyzing mammograms, MRI scans, and ultrasound images. It aims to provide accurate diagnostic assistance, envisioning a future where early detection is accessible and efficient. Central to its innovation and market entry are patented computational methods for lesion identification and assertiveness-based communication systems, ensuring unique, user-centric diagnostic solutions.

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CMBlu Energy

SME – Green energy technologies

CMBlu Energy pioneers safe, sustainable, and affordable energy storage solutions for renewables. Their success lies in developing a unique non-lithium battery system, poised to accelerate energy transition. This disruptive technology has versatile applications, spanning energy storage, transmission, distribution, peak shaving, and energy trading. From an intellectual property perspective, CMBlu has early-stage protection for electrolytes, electrodes, and key mechanical components of their battery technology, ensuring innovation safeguarding from the outset.

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SME – Health

Craif specializes in early cancer detection through their unique machine learning system that analyzes urinary microRNA. Their innovative approach leverages proprietary technology to identify genetic markers associated with various types of cancer, enabling early diagnosis and improving patient outcomes. Craif’s technology stands out globally, with a focus on securing and leveraging patents to maintain competitiveness in healthcare and biotechnology. They lead in revolutionizing early cancer detection with their innovative, non-invasive urine-based biopsy technology. Utilizing advanced urinary microRNA measurement technology and a comprehensive database, they enable accurate, painless early cancer detection, fostering a healthier society.

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EdukSine Production Corporation

Startup – Creative industries

Eduksine is a pioneering streaming platform and social enterprise dedicated to empowering independent Filipino filmmakers and producers by connecting them with audiences both locally and internationally. By leveraging technological expertise, EdukSine not only fosters job creation and economic growth within the entertainment industry but also promotes cultural appreciation and social cohesion in communities without access to cinemas, thus preserving Filipino heritage and values, using films as powerful tools for education, cultural awareness, and critical thinking. EdukSine safeguards its intellectual property through trademarked names, logos, and copyright protection

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SME – Environment

ELICO has developed innovative technologies for on-site and continuous water and soil quality monitoring. These advancements enable access to safe drinking water in rural areas and provide the agri-food industry with essential soil and water analyses to improve farm yields and reduce the use of fertilizers. With over 60 years in business, ELICO has been exporting from India to 26 countries, building its business development on a robust IP protection strategy. Through these efforts, ELICO plays a vital role in safeguarding water and soil resources and promoting sustainable environmental practices.

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Francois Ier

Burkina Faso
SME – Creative industries

François Ier embodies Burkina Faso's rich textile heritage and commitment to sustainable fashion. Inaugurating a textile factory in 2018, the company introduced Burkina Faso's first organic textile line, highlighting the traditional ‘faso dan fani’ fabric. Through artisanal craftsmanship and eco-conscious practices, François Ier promotes local employment and cultural preservation. Inspired by Burkina Faso's heritage, the brand offers high-quality, modern designs. Initiatives like the ‘faso dan fani’ label safeguard Burkina Faso's textile legacy and promote sustainable fashion both domestically and internationally.

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Hangzhou Hyperchain Technology

Start-up – Green Energy

Hyperchain offers comprehensive blockchain solutions to enhance data security, interoperability, and efficiency in various sectors such as finance, government, supply chain management and energy. Hyperchain’s robust IP portfolio includes the Consortium Blockchain Platform, BitXMesh for secure data collaboration, BitXHub for inter-blockchain transactions and BlocFace for Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS).

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Ked Liphi

SME – Green Energy Technology

Ked-Liphi’s Chedza solar backpack brand uses solar panels, batteries and lamps to give kids a reliable and clean source of light for studying at night. The intellectual property lies in the unique solar energy storing, design, functionality, and adaptability of the backpack, allowing it to address diverse energy needs. This has been instrumental in attracting partnerships, including a collaboration with the U.S. Army, showcasing the global recognition and value of their IP.

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Plant Origin

Startup – Food

Plant Origin has created a vegan plant-based egg alternative by extracting unique protein sources from rice bran. By upcycling rice production, this egg substitute reduces natural resource usage (land, water, and energy use) by 98% compared to traditional egg production. The company’s precision hydrolysis and subcritical water technology used to extract the protein are at the core of its patents and trade secrets. Licensing opportunities are envisioned by the company to establish itself with a strong foothold in the plant-based industry.

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Startup – Textiles, clothing, leather or footwear

Pluvi crafts innovative umbrellas with advanced materials and engineering, offering durability, wind resistance, and functionality. Their commitment to eco-sustainability is evident in their umbrellas made from 70% recycled and100% recyclable material. Through patented technology, Pluvi safeguards innovation, driving market adoption and brand reputation. Intellectual property is integral to Pluvi's journey, facilitating sustainable growth and addressing environmental challenges in the umbrella industry.

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Startup – Health

Preventix specializes in providing innovative healthcare solutions for cervical cancer screening. They have developed the only blood test on the market capable of detecting biomarkers related to cervical cancer and precancerous lesions. This groundbreaking technology, protected by 7 granted patents in 21 countries, offers a more accessible and less invasive screening option for women, especially those in remote or underserved areas. This innovation has earned the National Invention Award in Mexico, recognizing its potential impact on the health of millions of women.

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SME – Health

RoboCT's Lower Extremity Exoskeleton Walking Rehabilitator aids mobility for patients with lower limb impairments. This advanced device uses intelligent control systems to mimic natural walking patterns, enhancing rehabilitation. With six patents and a strategic licensing approach, the company has successfully attracted investments and clients from numerous rehabilitation centers and hospitals. This has secured RoboCT a strong clinical reputation and significant brand influence.

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Sensio Air

United Kingdom
SME – Health

Sensio AIR specializes in indoor air quality monitoring and management, offering innovative solutions to detect and analyze indoor air pollutants. Their technology provides real-time insights to improve air quality and ensure healthier indoor environments. SensioAIR's proprietary sensor technology, combined with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, accurately identifies a wide range of indoor allergens above 1 micron, including pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander. Results are provided instantly without consumables.

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SME – Mobility

SimpleEnergy’s electric scooters offer longer ride durations thanks to innovative motor technologies and optimized battery systems (certified range of 212 km with battery capacity of 5 kWh). The company’s intellectual property focuses on the battery technologies, addressing mainstream ‘thermal runaway’ issues found in conventional Lithium-Ion batteries.

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SYG Tech

SME – Green Energy

SYG operates in IoT, solar tech, wind turbines, medical tech, and others, leveraging patented technologies such as the Robotic Vertigo Treatment System that made it into the “Top 10 ENT Solution Providers 2024” list of US based MedHealth Review magazine by treating BPPV with 96.7% success rate in average 20 minutes. On the sensor side, their award-winning Structural Health Monitoring sensor is recommended by the biggest airline manufacturer of the world for application into all civilian aircraft for structural health monitoring applications.

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U-Tech Kitchen

SME – Hospitality / Tourism

U-Tech Kitchen has developed advanced commercial kitchen robots and intelligent cooking software systems for chain restaurants. Their technologies enable clients to efficiently automate their operations, significantly reducing labor costs, energy consumption and food waste. U-Tech Kitchen has firmly implemented its international intellectual property strategy of ‘patents before products’ and has been expanding its overseas markets since 2013.