Four HKBU inventions shine at Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions
The fruits of four research projects conducted by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) research teams shone at the 2021 Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, scoring four prizes including a Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury, two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal.
HKBU aspires to be a leading research-led liberal arts University in Asia, and is committed to conducting world-leading interdisciplinary research that extends the frontiers of knowledge and tackles global challenges. The achievements attained at this year's Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions reflect HKBU's ongoing endeavours in innovative and impactful research.
The four winning HKBU inventions are:
Professor Cheah Kok-wai
Department of Physics
Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury
"Anti-scratch thin film coating on metal surface" by Professor Cheah Kok-wai, Chair Professor of the Department of Physics
The innovation is a thin anti-scratch film coated on a metal surface in a 3D design. It adds value to metal-based products such as watch cases and straps as it increases surface wear resistance without sacrificing their original appearance.
Professor Gary Wong Ka-leung (left) and Dr Lung Hong Lok (right)
Department of Chemistry
"Therapeutic inhibitor for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated cancers with responsive optical imaging function" by Professor Gary Wong Ka-leung, Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry, and Dr Lung Hong Lok, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemistry
The invention is a new EBV-specific targeted therapy that specifically kills cancer cells without affecting any normal cells. The uptake of this drug can also be traced by the fluorescent signal, and it can be used for cancer cell imaging.
Dr Simon Han Quanbin
School of Chinese Medicine
"Quality control markers for use in herbs authentication" by Dr Simon Han Quanbin, Associate Professor of the Teaching and Research Division, School of Chinese Medicine
The project developed a low cost, efficient, stable and convenient method based on polysaccharide marker authentication that can be successfully applied to the authentication of Tiepi Shihu and Cordyceps samples. This method has been patented in Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and the United States.
Professor Jeffrey Cheung
Department of Physics
"Portable body motion analyser for elderly fall risk assessment" by Professor Jeffrey Cheung, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Physics
The analyser is a wearable and compact device that simplifies the gait analysis process with easy access to those gait parameters. The assessment test only takes five minutes. The collected data will then be associated with a user's fall vulnerability with the help of the cloud and AI. This technology enables an efficient approach to caring for the elderly, who will benefit from the prevention of serious health risks.
The Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions is a signature global annual event devoted exclusively to inventions. This year's competition, held from 10 to 14 March 2021, was conducted online for the first time. Around 600 inventions from about 20 countries were evaluated on virtual platforms by a panel of professional judges.