European Inventor Award nominates Sumita Mitra as a finalist in the Non-EPO countries, Health News, ET HealthWorld


New Delhi: European Patent Office on Tuesday announced that Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra has been nominated as a finalist in the “Non-EPO countries” category of the European Inventor Award 2021.

She has led to the development of a new composite to repair teeth by applying nanotechnology to the production of dental materials. “The use of nanotechnology gave me the opportunity of making a new material,” said Mitra. “It restores peoples smiles and improves the quality of their lives,” she added.

Her developed composite has many advantages over conventional materials including its usage can be in any area of the mouth and provides simple filling procedure for dentists. It has been commercialised as Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative since 2002 by US MNC, 3M.

“Mitra’s invention takes what was an emerging technology at the time – nanotechnology – and applies it to a new sector to provide a solution for dentists and relief for patients,” commented EPO president António Campinos while announcing the European Inventor Award 2021 finalists.

“Patents have protected Mitra’s material and helped ensure that her invention remains commercially successful nearly 20 years after its launch.”

The winners EPO’s annual innovation prize 2021 will be announced on 17 June.

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