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Egyptian claims 2017 African innovation prize

Aly El-Shafei from Egypt is the winner of the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa for his “smart bearings” that can improve the electricity generating capacity of power plant turbines.

El-Shafei received the US$100,000 accolade at a ceremony in Accra on 18 July. The engineering professor from Cairo University was selected from 10 finalists.

Two other finalists walked home with US$25,000 each: Philippa Ngaju Makobore from the Uganda Industrial Research Institute won second prize for her mechanism to control intravenous fluid drip rate—an invention which could save lives cheaply in medical settings. And Dougbeh-Chris Nyan from Liberia won the special prize for social impact for a rapid test to diagnose and differentiate several infections simultaneously.

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