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Polio trial for Nanopatch

February 6, 2015

The World Health Organization is backing clinical trials of Mark Kendall’s Nanopatch using a polio vaccine. A revolutionary vaccine delivery technology, the Nanopatch, may help strike the final blow in the world’s 60-year struggle against one of the most feared childhood diseases – poliomyelitis. In 2013, just 416 cases of polio were reported worldwide and… Read more

‘Seeing’ with a simple swipe

February 6, 2015

Lack of funding for developing his braille phone has had an upside. Sumit Dagar has now launched a blind-friendly application for a smartphone. Interactive designer Sumit Dagar has launched a downloadable application for blind people called SimplEye. Dagar says his small start-up team, which is called Kriyate, switched its focus from taking the braille phone… Read more

Finding wisdom in India

February 6, 2015

I recently travelled to India from my conservation project in Paraguay, Para La Tierra, to meet environmentalists and fellow Rolex Award Laureates. It was an inspiring trip. Having visited India before for the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise ceremony in New Delhi, I was excited to return in July this year [2014]. The difference between… Read more


Jacob Colker – an inveterate innovator

January 20, 2015

“Get out of your own head and talk to people,” is Jacob Colker’s simple advice to aspiring innovators. Entrepreneur and 2010 Young Laureate, Colker believes the most fundamental rule for success for anyone with a good idea is to discuss it with potential customers: “Teaching innovation truly comes down to one basic principle: You may… Read more

In his quest to save bats, Dr Rodrigo Medellín has not only engaged in massive research but has also had to rehabilitate their reputation which has been ruined by Gothic horror literary tradition. In the years Dr Rodrigo Medellín has spent researching, teaching and campaigning to save bats in Mexico, his finest moment came on… Read more