Indian-American scientist Sumita Mitra has won the European Inventor Award 2021. It is one of Europe’s most prestigious innovation prizes. She got the award in the Non-European Patent Office (EPO) countries category for her application of nanotechnology in dentistry.
Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra has won the European Inventor Award 2021, one of #Europe's most prestigious innovation prizes, in the "Non-European Patent Office countries" category for her application of nanotechnology in dentistry. pic.twitter.com/wogeqE8y0m
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The award ceremony was held digitally and was open to public who wanted to attend it.
On using nanotechnology to make a new material for dental fillings, Mitra said, “It restores peoples smiles and improves the quality of their lives.” While several new generation of what are popularly known composite fillings have been developed since its launch, the current line of products is still based on Mitra’s original patents.
Today Mitra volunteers at schools and colleges to pass on her enthusiasm for science to young people. According to her, “Curiosity and exploration are the essential points of starting an innovation. It is something that we really need to cultivate in our children.”