The Economist has announced the winners of the Innovation Awards 2013.
Now in their 12th year, The Economist’s Innovation Awards celebrate individuals who have been responsible for an innovation that has transformed the world we live in.
Among the host of leading innovators celebrated at this year’s Innovation Awards are the pioneers of 3D printing, the founder of iRobot and the developers of a low-cost incubator which reduces neonatal death in the developing world.
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The winners were selected for their significant contributions across eight fields by an independent judging panel comprising qualified experts and innovators from leading industries and academia. The winners and their categories are;
James Allison for an “immune checkpoint blockade” cancer therapy which reactivates the body’s defences in order to respond to a tumour that has evaded the immune system.
COMPUTING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson, the co-creators of the power-efficient ARM processor that powers most of the world’s mobile phones. Its “reduced instruction set computing” design was intended to boost performance, but unexpectedly proved to be amazingly energy-efficient too.
Chuck Hull of 3D Systems and Bre Pettis of MakerBot for pioneering and popularising 3D printing. Mr Hull, who invented a process called stereolithography in the 1980s, is considered the father of 3D printing; Mr Pettis, founder of MakerBot, turned it into an accessible and affordable product, in the form of a desktop 3D printer.
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Tim Bauer, Nathan Lorenz and Bryan Willsonco-founders of Envirofit, for developing a compact stove that reduces indoor pollution by cutting smoke, toxic emissions, biomass consumption and cooking time compared with traditional designs.
Colin Angle, founder of iRobot, for developing practical robots for domestic, defence, security, medical and business use, from the floor-cleaning Roomba to the bomb-defusing PackBot.
PROCESS AND SERVICE INNOVATION
Salman Khan,founder of Khan Academy, for creating a free online-education platform that now serves more than 10m students each month and has delivered more than 300m lessons.
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INNOVATION
Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty and Linus Liang of Embrace, for developing a low-cost incubator to reduce neonatal deaths in the developing world. More than 20,000 babies in a dozen countries have benefited from its design, similar to a sleeping bag.
Genentech, a pioneer of the biotechnology industry, the firm has made several breakthrough innovations, including the first recombinant DNA medicine ever marketed, and therapies for cancer and age-related vision loss.
The winners were announced at an exclusive ceremony at BAFTA theatre in London on 3rd December.
For more information on The Economist’s Innovation Awards and the winners please visit: www.economistinnovationlive.com