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Cypriot professor up for inventor award

A DNA chip, which can detect hereditary mutations in just 20 minutes, has been invented by a British-Cypriot Professor who is among the finalists for this year`s European Inventor Award in the category of research.

Europe’s “Oscar” for technological innovation will be awarded in Berlin on Tuesday.

Christofer Toumazou`s DNA chip can detect hereditary mutations such as diabetes, neural diseases, metabolic diseases etc. as specific reagents can be designed for the chip.

Toumazou holds more than 50 patents, 40 of which are related to healthcare and semiconductor technology. He is considered to be a pioneer of personalised medical diagnostics, combining medicine and electrical engineering. All his inventions revolve around microchips that are able to analyse data immediately.

The European Inventor Awards bring together some of the world’s brightest innovators, as well as leading figures from business, politics, media and the sciences.

The awards will be presented to winners in the following categories: Industry, Non-European Countries, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Research, Popular Prize and Lifetime Achievement.

Toumazou is competing in the category of research together with the other finalists, who are Thomas Tuschl (Germany) for gene-silencing technique to treat diseases and Philippe Cinquin, Serge Cosnier, Chantal Gondran, Fabien Giroud (France) for implantable biofuel cell that runs on glucose. (CNA)

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