Patents for Humanity Innovation Contest Winners Set the Bar High

Solving Humanitarian problems

Patents for Humanity has recently closed their application process on December 4th and is ready to begin judging all of the phenomenal projects that were entered.  This innovation contest, started by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), is meant to build technology that can help humanitarian issues. Past winners of Patents for Humanity have really set the bar high, proving that these competitions and projects are really helping technology progress on a humanitarian level. The 2015 Patents for Humanity 7 winners were selected among 5 categories – medicine, sanitation, energy, nutrition, and living standards. While all of these projects were outstanding, we’ve selected one to show just how successful and helpful these innovation contests really are. Nutriset, one of the winners, set out to help children with malnutrition and has made headway in the process.

close up of child cupped hands

Malnutrition can be stopped

UNICEF said, “Around 3 million children die due to under nutrition. For millions more, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts the physical and cognitive growth of children.”  They also mention that it kills mostly those under five in developing countries. Although this is frightening information, it is important to stay positive. It is important to know that this is not set in stone and we as a people can change this. Nutriset has been researching ways to end this frustrating issue and is now making impacting strides in preventing and treating malnutrition.

A beginning to the fix

Over time, children who suffer from malnutrition can develop digestive problems that make eating difficult and thus create more health problems. With the help of Nutriset who has partnered with UNICEF and USAID, these children are receiving nutritional products that help them gain weight quickly and safely.

The nutritional revolution

Nutriset began 25 years ago in France and is now making an impact on low-income populations such as in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Skild feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to help Patents for Humanity find Nutriset and the many other innovative projects that are yet to come. Because of these competitions, there are more opportunities to revolutionize our world for the better.