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The future of medicine

Personalised medicine

The future of healthcare will probably be personal, with therapeutics tailored to a patient's individual genomic profile. Here's a look at the game-changing achievements that paved the way for personalised medicine.

The future of medicine: New weapons against cancer

Instead of scalpels and chemotherapy, doctors are increasingly resorting to high-tech solutions in the fight against cancer. The roster of groundbreaking inventions also includes numerous finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award.


European patents with a global effect

Diagnostic kits for developing countries

This instant blood diagnostic kit was developed for resource-poor regions of the globe, and allows for on-the-spot detection of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and chlamydia.

Lab-grown human organs

"Mini-organs" – including livers, lungs and intestines – can now be grown from the stem cells of individual patients, allowing doctors to safely test the specific effects of drugs – outside the body.



Medical imaging with optical coherence tomography

Doctors can now create real-time images of human tissue for early detection of cancer, glaucoma and other ailments thanks to optical coherence tomography (OCT).