Two French companies win U.S. Patents for Humanity Awards
The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patents for Humanity Award is a highly selective international competition that recognizes innovations that address humanitarian challenges. Two French companies are included among the ten 2015 winners. Nutriset and Sanofi received their awards at a ceremony at the White House on April 20 attended by representatives from the Embassy of France in Washington (the National Intellectual Property Institute (INPI) Attaché and the Counselor for Science and Technology). Each of these innovations was developed within the framework of a public-private partnership with public research laboratories.
Nutriset was the winner in the Nutrition category for its highly nutritious product, PlumpyNut ®. This innovative product, which was developed within the framework of a partnership with the French Research Institute for Development (IRD), makes it possible to rapidly improve the nutrient intake of children suffering from malnutrition. Nutriset was notably selected due to its technology transfer and patent licensing strategy in developing countries. By using the patent as a vehicle for technology and knowledge transfer, the company makes the technology for manufacturing its product accessible to local manufacturers, making it possible to improve, at the local level, health and nutritional conditions in these developing countries. The PlumpyField® network now includes 8 companies, which have been able to benefit from this transfer in terms of their quality systems, and industrial and manufacturing processes. Ten other companies have also been able to benefit from the usage agreement that is available online.
The Embassy of France in Washington warmly thanks the Diplomacy Matters Institute for its contribution to foster the presence of European/French winners in this competition.