Indian-origin teen wins Google scholarship for medical invention

Anushka Naiknaware

Anushka Naiknaware is the youngest to win the Global Prize Award organised by Google in the US. A resident of Oregon state of America, she invented a kind a bandage that will tell doctors when to change the dressing on a patient’s wound. Doctors are saying this is one of the most important medical inventions.

The bandage that Anushka has designed monitors the wound’s moisture level and alerts the doctor when it’s dried enough to change it. She said she got this idea while studying at school. This bandage will help the doctors understand the state of the wound and it will also help reduce the infection from spreading. In addition, it will detect the temperature and PH value of the wound.

Google chose Anushka to be a part of the 16 global finalists who got a chance to showcase their inventions and experiments at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Apart from winning the award, Anushka won a year-long scholarship at Lego and an all-expenses paid trip to the Lego world headquarters in Denmark.  Her scholarship involves entrepreneurship mentoring from a Lego executive as reported by Oregonlive.

Getting to interact, debate and play with 19 other curious and driven teen scientists from places, including Zambia, Malaysia and Brazil, was one of her favourite life experiences, she told Oregonlive.

Her second most favourite life experience was when she saw her bandage prototype work for the first time. Now she is looking forward to ask her Lego mentor how she can get the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval for her bandages so a company can produce them at a larger scale.

She is the daughter of Ravi and Rekha Naiknaware who are both settled in Beaverton town and are entrepreneurs with engineering and science background respectively.

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