Local Inventors and Enterprises Awarded for Technology Push

Apr 3, 2003

Ha Noi - The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presented its awards for scientific excellence and technological creativity to Vietnamese inventors and enterprises at the Viet Nam Scientific and Technological Awards ceremony held today in Ha Noi.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Jordan Ryan, who represented WIPO, handed out WIPO awards to individuals and institutions that applied new technologies to production and medicine and other socio-economic activity. Mr. Ryan said: “WIPO and the entire UN system are very pleased to be associated with this important competition. We hope that the awarding of the WIPO medals will give added stimulus to the already rapidly growing research and development climate in Viet Nam, and to the numerous Vietnamese scientists whose efforts are crucial to the development and the prosperity of their country.”

The winners of the “Best Invention” award were Professor Do Huy Dinh and his collaborators for their research and application of tribology and lubricating techniques to industry. Professor Dinh is now Director of the Additives and Petroleum Company, one of the leading lubricant enterprises in Viet Nam which grew up from a UNDP supported project. During 3 years of its implementation, the project helped save an estimated US$ 10 million through developing local lubricant products to substitute the importations.

The WIPO award for Outstanding Woman Inventor went to Professor Nguyen Thu Van and her collaborators for their study on production procedures of the hepatitis A vaccine and recombinant hepatitis B vaccine. Four students from the Military Academy of Medicine, Le Dinh Nguyen, Duong Xuan Hoa, Pham Huu Phong and Bui Duc Long won the "Best Young Inventor" award. Their research on the influence of TNT and effect of Azolla Microphylla formula on sperm of white mice shed light on the impact of chemicals on reproductive organs. The WIPO Trophy for Innovative Enterprises was handed out for the Van Dien Thermophosphate Company for actively using the Intellectual Property System to deepen and extend its business strategy and marketing operations.

Mr. Jordan Ryan, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, received the Commemoration Award presented to UNDP “For the Development of Scientific and Technological Creations of Viet Nam”. The award was presented by the Centre for Promotion of Inventions and Innovations (CEPIN). “I’m delighted and honoured to receive this Award in recognition of UNDP’s long-standing support to the nurturing of Vietnamese creative talents in fields of science and technology,” said Mr. Ryan.

Professor Ha Hoc Trac, President of CEPIN said nearly 300 awards have been granted over the past 9 years to talented individuals and organizations. Most of them found their way into production and made a significant contribution to the life of Vietnamese people, according to Professor Trac.

Mr. Ryan praised the organizers of the Viet Nam Scientific and Technological Awards for their untiring efforts to promote technological achievements in the country. He also reminded all that research and development technological breakthroughs would mean little without supportive public policies. “Promoting inventions and ensuring that the benefits of new technologies are available to all can help Viet Nam to achieve its Millennium Development Goals and reduce poverty. After all, the ultimate success of all inventions is measured in terms of how much they improve the life of the people.”

The WIPO Award consists of a medal and a certificate signed by the Director General of WIPO, accompanied by a cash prize of 1,000 and 500 US Dollars. WIPO’s Awards seek to stimulate inventive and innovative activity around the world, particularly in developing countries. The award serves to attract and enhance public recognition of scientists and researchers and the impact of their work on their country.

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