Professor Roland Chin (second from right) and Professor Rick Wong (right) congratulate (from left) Professor Cheung Nai-ho, Professor Cheah Kok-wai and Professor Ken Yung


錢大康教授(右二)與黃偉國教授(右)一起祝賀(左起)張迺豪教授、謝國偉教授與翁建霖教授

Date: 18 Apr 2016 (Monday)

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HKBU patented technologies take top prizes in international invention competition

浸大專利技術獲國際發明大獎

HKBU's hi-tech inventions achieved magnificent results at the 44th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva held in Switzerland from 13 to 17 April 2016. The HKBU entries won the Grand Prix International Invention Award, three Gold Medals and two Special Mention Medals.

The top prize of the event, the Grand Prix Award (also named the International Invention Award), went to the ultra-hard anti-scratch cover for touch screen devices invented by the team led by Professor Cheah Kok-wai, Chair Professor of the Department of Physics. This invention also received the Gold Medal in the Industrial Processes Category and the Special Award For The Invention. Compared with the existing less durable and easily scratched glass covers on mobile devices, this HKBU-invented non-fragile thin substrate can be applied to screens using only standard industrial deposition processes, providing excellent scratch protection. For more details of the invention, please refer to: http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/974.

The second winning invention was the autologous neural stem cell harvest technologies developed by the team led by Professor Ken Yung of the Department of Biology. This innovative personalised neurological disorder therapy using magnetic-tagged neural stem cells pulled from live brains of animals won the Gold Medal in the Surgery Category and the Award for High Scientific and Technological Level of the Invention. The team used magnetic nanoparticles covered with antibodies to safely extract neural stem cells from rats. Neurospheres successfully generated in vitro from the extracted neural stem cells can be transplanted back to the same animal. Unlike the use of embryonic stem cells, this novel technique may reduce ethical disputes and offers a genetically stable means of therapy with lower risks of immune rejection. For details of the invention, please refer to: http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/344.

In addition, the novel patented laser technology for artwork and antique authentication invented by the team led by Professor Cheung Nai-ho of the Department of Physics won the Gold Medal in Computer Sciences Category. Unlike conventional laser ablative microprobes, this HKBU-patented technique causes no visible damage to art work even under a high-magnification microscope. Moreover, the method measures the chemical information of an artwork in real-time and achieves 100 to 1,000 times better sensitivity than current methods. Practical applications include tracing the provenance of an artwork and for forensic analysis of questioned documents. For details of the invention, please refer to: http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/1186.

This is the first time HKBU has participated in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the world’s largest event of its kind. This year, the inventions fair rewarded 45 inventions among the 1,000 presented from 40 countries.

Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice Chancellor, expressed his sincere congratulations to the winning teams for their painstaking efforts and persistence in the inventions which are impactful and of benefit to society and mankind. He also thanked colleagues of the Knowledge Transfer Office, Faculty of Science as well as the relevant departments for the support they have provided to the research teams.

浸大研究團隊的三項專利技術在4月13至17日於瑞士日內瓦舉行的第44屆日內瓦國際發明展上取得優異成績,包括榮獲最高榮譽大獎、三個界別的金獎和兩項特別獎。

物理系講座教授謝國偉教授發明的超硬抗刮強韌薄膜取得全場最高榮譽大獎、工業製作組金獎和特別優異獎。浸大新發明的薄膜,比目前普遍採用的一般較易刮花的玻璃屏幕更耐用、強韌度更高,使用標準的工業薄膜沉積技術便可鍍在顯示屏上,提供極佳的抗刮保護。有關更多此項發明的詳情,請瀏覽:http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/974

另一項獲獎技術由生物系翁建霖教授率領的團隊研發的創新「個人化幹細胞療法」,獲頒發醫學組金獎及高科學技術發明獎。技術以帶抗體的磁性納米粒子提取動物的神經幹細胞,經培養成所需的神經球細胞後,再注射入同一動物的神經細胞,度身訂造一個合適患者的治療方案。新方法比傳統胚胎幹細胞的方法較少道德爭議、維持基因穩定性,以及降低患者免疫排斥反應的風險。有關此項技術的詳情,請瀏覽:http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/344

此外,物理系張迺豪教授與團隊研究的創新激光技術鑑定藝術品及古董獲得電腦科學組金獎。與傳統的激光顯微探針比較,新技術在高倍顯微鏡下亦見不到明顯破損。新技術更可實時量度藝術品的化學成份,比現時常用的方法靈敏度高100至1,000倍,可應用到追溯該藝術品的來源及鑑證具爭議的文件。有關此項技術的詳情,請瀏覽:http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/1186

浸大首次參與這項世界最大型的發明比賽。今年共有來自40個國家共1,000個參與項目,當中只有45個項目獲獎。

校長錢大康教授祝賀各得獎的浸大團隊的不懈努力和堅持,認為獲獎項目具影響力,能貢獻社會。他又感謝知識轉移處、理學院和相關學系的同事大力支持得獎項目。