First WIPO Global Awards: Winners from China, Japan, Netherlands and Singapore
Geneva, July 19, 2022
Small and medium-sized enterprises from China, Japan, the Netherlands and Singapore are the first-ever winners of WIPO’s new Global Awards program, which recognizes outstanding companies and individuals using intellectual property (IP) to have a positive impact in their country and abroad.
At an awards ceremony held during the WIPO Assemblies from July 14 to 22, Director General Daren Tang presented trophies to representatives of the five winners (in alphabetical order): Hydraloop of the Netherlands, Lucence from Singapore, Raycan from China, Shylon from China and Splink based in Japan.
A panel of seven distinguished jurors from around the world selected the winners from 272 submissions spanning 62 countries. These awards recognize innovative business solutions, based on intellectual property rights, that promote economic, social and cultural progress.
The inaugural Global Awards celebrated small and medium enterprises, which form the backbone of the global economy, and will focus on young people and women in the years to come.
“Early detection of cancer, energy-saving lamps, recycling water, diagnosing dementia and improving medical imaging: the winners of the first WIPO Global Prizes are each working to build a better world . From now on, our five winning SMEs will benefit from WIPO’s support to help their business grow,” said Mr. Tang.
“I am proud that the recently launched WIPO Global Awards program supports outstanding individuals and companies who use intellectual property to bring about positive change, while creating a community of role models in line with our vision to ensure that the use of intellectual property benefits everyone, everywhere,” he said. .
The Chair of the WIPO General Assembly, Ambassador Tatiana Molcean, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, joined Mr. Tang to present the prizes and welcome the winners.
WIPO Global Prize Jurors on the Prize
“As a seasoned startup investor, and now as a juror, I look for companies that excite me emotionally, that will have a real impact. I can see that the new WIPO Global Awards program will help companies and individuals exceptional at generating the kind of buzz that leads to business success.”
— Dr. Amin Badr-El-Din (Jordan)
“These competitions are important for promoting creativity, talent and creating inspiration. They can really help to positively transform people’s lives, especially in Latin American countries, where there is so much talent waiting for a opportunity.” “
— Mr. Gastón Acurio (Peru)
“The Global Awards are a way to amplify the importance of intellectual property as an asset, because people in many places don’t know that intangible assets – like a mortgage – create value. I think this program will have an impact in many countries.”
— Mr. Julius Akinyemi (Nigeria)
“It is so important today to celebrate and put a face to innovation, to share the stories of these successful inventors, these entrepreneurs who leverage intellectual property to start a business, create jobs and opportunities . That’s what’s so exciting about this program.
— Mr. Louis Foreman (United States)
“What this competition does is it really inspires inventors to go global from day one. The world is much smaller than we think – each of us can create ideas that make a difference. your ideas in our contest!”
— Ms Karoli Hindriks (Estonia)
About the WIPO Global Awards Program
The Global Awards program is part of WIPO’s mission to ensure a world where intellectual property rights support innovation and creativity from anywhere, for the benefit of all. These independent, jury-selected awards recognize and support those whose skills contribute to the advancement and improvement of people’s lives. Winners receive a personalized mentorship program to help them use the intellectual property for business growth, as well as other forms of support and sponsorship to facilitate their access to funding and business growth.
Meet the winners of the 2022 WIPO Global Awards
About Hydraloop – Netherlands
Hydraloop is a multi-award-winning company that designs and produces decentralized, user-friendly, IoT-connected, compact and scalable gray water recycling products for residential and commercial real estate, reducing water consumption by up to 45 %. Hydraloop has a global partner network of over 120 partners in over 50 countries. Based in the Netherlands, Hydraloop has offices in the United States and the Middle East, as well as representatives in Canada and Australia.
About Lucence – Singapore
Lucence is a precision oncology company committed to bringing clarity to cancer care. Lucence manufactures ultra-sensitive liquid biopsy tests to provide doctors and their patients with life-changing information to enable earlier detection and effective treatment. Based in Palo Alto, Lucence provides personalized cancer care services through twin CLIA-licensed laboratories in the United States and Singapore.
About Raycan – China
Founded in 2009, RAYCAN Technology Co., Ltd. (Suzhou) specializes in the development and production of radiation detection and imaging equipment. Armed with new digital sampling technology based on independent research and development, RAYCAN has become the leader in fully digital radiation detection and imaging technology. The company has filed and obtained over a hundred patents in the United States, Germany, Japan and other countries.
About SHYLON – China
Founded in 2010 in Shanghai, SHYLON is an architectural lighting professional, using all-LED technology, dedicated to the design, production and marketing of outdoor lighting. SHYLON condenses the strategic advantages of “One Brand, Global Market, Ultra-high Optical Architecture, Zoomneo Color Algorithm, Anecast Laser Projection” and is identified as “2021 Technologically Advanced Small and Medium Enterprises” by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
About Splink – Japan
Splink Inc. develops AI software to help not only sick but healthy people by helping doctors diagnose early dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases in collaboration with data and experts in the field. It provides hospitals with medical AI products, such as “Brain Life Imaging” for brain assessment and “Braineer” for neurologists.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO helps its 193 Member States to develop a balanced international legal framework for intellectual property to meet the changing needs of society. She provides services to companies for obtaining intellectual property rights in several countries and resolving disputes. It offers capacity building programs to help developing countries benefit from the use of intellectual property. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of intellectual property information.
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