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10 Most Viewed Innovations, Q1: 2018

Alex Stockham

Alex Stockham

Communications Manager – IN-PART, London Office.

Browse 10 innovations being developed by academics around the world that captured the most attention from our R&D community in Q1.

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10 most viewed innovations from academics1. Oleophobic–Hydrophilic Switching Surfaces

A new range of solvent-cast polymer coatings that exhibit the highest switching parameters of any known materials, as well as ultra-fast switching speeds. – Durham University

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Top-10-Innovations-Q1-2018-IN-PART-Blog-Icons-122. Automated Disease Detection in Crops via Drones and Deep Learning

A machine learning system that can read images taken by an unmanned vehicle to screen crops for disease. – Columbia University

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -13. Neuropathic Pain Treatment to Inhibit Pain Signaling

The identification of new molecular mechanisms that underpin pain signalling in the spinal cord, which could be inhibited to prevent neuropathic pain after nerve injury. – Osaka University

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -14. A Wound Dressing that Delivers Drugs

A patented foam dressing technology that can both absorb wound drainage and simultaneously deliver wound healing agents (antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or growth factors). – Case Western Reserve University

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -15. A Simple Means to Increase Plant Growth

A method for encouraging the proliferation of rhizobacteria in the soil to aid plant and root growth. – Auburn University

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -16. Diagnosing Infections and Antibiotic Resistance at the Point-of-Care

A point-of-care diagnostic device that attaches to a smartphone or tablet and can be used to identify infectious bacteria and their resistance to an array of antibiotics. – Cornell University

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -17. Using Optical Flow to Enhance Robotic Grip

A low-cost, optical flow sensor and super twisting adaptive control for robotic grippers that prevents slipping and provides feedback on the object being held. – University of Salford

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -18. A Rapid Point-of-Care Diagnostic to Rule In/Out Respiratory Infection

A diagnostic that rapidly detects whether the respiratory tract is fighting a viral infection, avoiding long-to-process blood tests for a fast, non-invasive, and simple point-of-care diagnosis. – Yale University

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -19. Supramolecular Elastomers

High-performance supramolecular elastomers that, by pseudo-cross-linking with noncovalent bond intersections (such as hydrogen bonding), optimise the best mechanical properties of thermoplastic elastomers. – Nagoya University

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Top 10 Innovations Q1 2018 IN-PART- Social Media 1200x600 -110. Protecting Crops Against Pathogenic Fungi

A novel crop protection formulation that has been shown to control a wide range of the most economically significant diseases. – University of Exeter

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