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HKU wins five gold and five silver medals at Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions

15 Apr 2019

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The University of Hong Kong won one Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury, four Gold Medals and five Silver Medals at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva which was held from April 10 to 14, 2019 at Geneva, Switzerland.

The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (“IEIG”) is recognized as one of the most prestigious innovation exhibitions. IEIG is one of the top three events held in Geneva, Switzerland annually and it is exclusively devoted to inventions and innovations. Under the patronage of the Swiss Federal Government and of the State and the City of Geneva, this event showcases and highlights innovations and inventions from around the world. This year,  inventors from 40 countries and 800 exhibitors participated in the event. .All exhibiting innovations are graded by an international jury of 82 specialists for different awards standing as labels for quality. 

HKU’s award-winning inventions:
Gold Award with the Congratulation of Jury
Transparent Conducting Film
An embedded metal mesh transparent conductive film for emerging electronics developed by HKU spin-off optoelectronic company Flectrode Ltd.

Gold Medals
1. Portable Water Filter
A high throughput filter product that can efficiently remove heavy metals and microorganisms from contaminated waters. It is developed by the research team of Professor Chuyang Tang, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, HKU.

2. NJ Toothbrush
A toothbrush designed to target all dental surfaces in particular the inter-dental, retromolar and sub-gumline niches, so called the “dead-corners” where other toothbrushes are difficult to clean up. It is jointly developed by Professor Jin Lijian and Dr Ng Tze Chuen, Faculty of Dentistry, HKU.

3. Methods and Compositions for Use of Neutrophil Elastase and Proteinase 3 as Diagnostic Biomarkers
A novel method for risk predication and accurate diagnosis of autoimmune diabetes by measuring enzymatic activities and protein concentrations of neurophil elastase (NE) and proteinase 3 (PR3) in human plasma. It is developed by the research team of Professor XU Aimin, Department of Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU.

4. A novel probiotic mixture “Prohep” for potential treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma
A probiotic composition named “Prohep” which has potential therapeutic effects on Hepatocellular carcinoma. It is developed by the research team of Dr. El-Nezami Hani, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU.

Silver awards
1. Paper Battery
Innovative paper-based aluminium-air batteries developed by the research team of Professor Dennis Leung, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, HKU.

2. Soft Robotic Glove for Rehabilitation
Soft robot hand for neutral rehabilitation of degenerative neurological diseases and strokes developed by the research team of Dr HU Yong, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU.

3. Project ADEN: Affordable Automated Diversified Encapsulation
Encapsulation machine for making edible bubbles with different ingredients for archiving a wide variety of textures and tastes. It is developed by the research team of Dr Anderson Shum, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, HKU.

4. The Real Virtuality for Aircraft Inspection (ReVAI) Training System
An immersive VR empowered training system for cost effective and authentic aircraft maintenance operation training and performance qualification. The innovation makes use of the imseCAVE technology developed by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, HKU. The exhibiting partner is LSCM (Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre).

5. SmartEat
SmartEat education app helps kids in diet planning & prevent obesity by turning lunch visual content to nutritional values. It is developed by students at St Paul’s Primary Catholic School under the guidance of a research team led by Dr Vincent Tam, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, HKU. 

The event was coordinated by the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Hong Kong.

For details of HKU's award winning innovations, please click here.

For details about the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, please visit

For the online press release and photos, please visit:

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