Thursday, May 26, 2011   

Vikas Garud from H2O Innovation wins European Inventor Award 2011

H2O Innovation is proud to share that Vikas Garud, Senior Application & Process Engineer (Vista, CA), and his ex-colleague Ashok Gadgil of University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have won the European Inventor Award 2011 in the Non-European Countries category for their “UV WaterWorks” patent – a UV disinfection device offering a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for water purification.

Organized by the European Patent Organization (EPO), European Inventor Award is Europe’s most prestigious innovation prize and pays tribute to the creativity of all inventors who, in applying their technical, scientific and intellectual skills, make a major contribution to technological impact, economic growth, and improvement in people's daily lives.

In co-operation with the Hungarian EU Council Presidency and the European Commission, the EPO announced last Thursday, May 19, 2011, the winners of the European Inventor Award 2011 at a ceremony held at the Academy of Sciences in Budapest.

EIA 2011 Winners © European Patent Organisation All rights reserved

Ashok Gadgil and Vikas Garud (left) at the EPO ceremony

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The “UV WaterWorks” was already acclaimed in USA earlier – Technological Innovation Award by Discover Magazine in 1996 and inclusion in permanent exhibits (History of Public Health) in National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Museums, Washington, DC) in 1997. 

A perfect example of knowledge sharing!


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