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Inventor award winners named

The European Patent Office has awarded innovation prizes to innovators whose inventions have helped provide solutions to societal challenges such energy efficiency and health.

A lifetime achievement award was presented to Andreas Manz, a Swiss chemist who works in nanotechnology, for his invention of the microlab chip. This technology makes it possible to conduct fast medical analyses on microchips that are just a few millimetres in size.

A research award was given to Ludwik Leibler, for his invention of vitrimers  – a new class of glass-like plastics, which are completely recyclable and are suitable for use in manufacturing and electronics.

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