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Polish Inventors Win Medals in U.S.
August 29, 2014   
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A manually powered vehicle, an elderly-friendly kitchen cabinet, and a diagnostic test for infections in pregnant women: these are just some of the Polish inventions that won awards at this year’s INPEX Invention and New Product Exposition in the United States.

INPEX is America’s biggest international invention and innovation trade fair organized for 29 years in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Polish exhibitors brought home a total of 11 gold medals, five special awards and the best European invention award from this year’s fair in June.

The judges confer medals and special awards as well as three major cash prizes. The Grand Prix winner pockets $7,500, the runner-up gets $3,000, and the third-place finisher walks away with $2,500. Also granted are awards for outstanding innovation.

Polish exhibitors began taking part in the fair in 2010, through a national pavilion organized by
Eurobusiness-Haller, a Polish company that is the official representative of the INPEX fair in Poland. This year, 11 inventions from Poland were exhibited. All won awards.

A manually powered vehicle invented by Andrzej Sobolewski from the Torqway company was found to be the “best invention of Europe”.

The Jagiellonian University Medical College in the southern Polish city of Cracow and the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy in the southwestern city of Wrocław won a gold medal with honors for their diagnostic test for streptococcus agalactiae infections in pregnant women.

The Jagiellonian University Medical College additionally claimed a gold medal for its “novel active substances for the treatment of neuropathic pain and epilepsy.”

A gold medal with honors was handed to Marcin Kuropatwiński from the Voice Lab company for his “method and apparatus for a-priori knowledge based speech enhancement in difficult acoustic environments.”

Researchers from the Poznań University of Life Sciences in western Poland—Piotr Pohl, Bogdan Branowski, Sebastian Głowala, Jarosław Gabryelski, Maciej Sydor, and Marek Zabłocki—walked away with a gold medal for their “apparatus for measuring the manipulation space and the strength of the upper limbs, especially in disabled and elderly people.”

A gold medal also went to researchers from the Poznań University of Technology and the Poznań University of Medical Sciences—Elżbieta Skorupska, Michał Rychlik and Wiktoria ¦pikowska-Pawelec—for their “apparatus for examining skeletal striated muscles and a method for diagnosing myofascial pain.”

More gold medals went to Agata Bonenberg from the Poznań University of Technology, who invented “a kitchen cabinet containing mobile internal modules and intended especially for elderly and disabled people,” and to researchers from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow for their “ferrite catalyst for synthesis of styrene and process for the manufacture thereof” as well as to scientists from the Poltegor Institute of Open Cast Mining in Wrocław—Edward Pagacz, Franciszek Lipiński, and Paweł Lewandowicz—for their “controlled-pressure clamp.”

Ewa Kicko-Walczak and Grażyna Rymarz from the Institute for Engineering of Polymer Materials and Dyes in the north-central city of Toruń collected a gold medal, and a special award for their contribution to innovating with their “innovative non-flammable polyester nanocomposites for eco-friendly production in the CC-GRP system.”

Meanwhile, Witold Słówko from the Wrocław University of Technology, walked away with a gold medal for his “combined directional electron detector.”

More than 550 inventions from 24 countries were exhibited at this year’s fair.

Olga Majewska
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