Taiwan shines at iENA Nuremburg invention fair

The newly developed approach to electrocardiography by the Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital has already received a patent in Taiwan and the hospital is currently applying for a patent in the United States. (CAN/ KVGH)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwan won a total of 36 medals out of more than 800 submissions from across the world at this year’s iENA International Trade Fair Ideas – Inventions – New Products held in Nuremberg, Germany from Nov. 2-5.

Both President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) sent congratulatory messages to the Taiwanese competitors following their outstanding performance at the fair – an invention market that offers opportunities to exchange innovative ideas.

According to Shen Yu-hao (沈毓豪), head of the delegation representing Taiwan at the annual event, Taiwanese inventors performed brilliantly by winning 14 gold medals, 14 silvers and 8 bronzes. Grape King Bio and Kaohsiung Veteran General Hospital were among those who received gold medals at the fair’s closing ceremony on Sunday.

Grape King Bio, one of the top health food manufacturers in the biotechnology industry in Taiwan, secured two gold medals and a special award for two inventions related to its unique liquid state fermentation technology.

One of its gold-winning inventions, Grape King Bio said, is a method that enhances erinacine A in liquid state fermentation while producing hyphae – the long, branching filamentous structure of the tree hedgehog (猴頭菇).

As erinacine A has proven helpful in the treatment of dementia and listening difficulties in seniors, the method, which prevents the accumulation of carbohydrates, can be extensively applied to medication targeting diseases common among seniors, it said.

Grape King Bio noted that it is the only company in the world able to commercialize tree hedgehog hyphae containing erinacine A.

The second patent for which the company gained a gold medal and special award is a method to extract three kinds of substances from naturally fermented antrodia camphorata, also known as stout camphor fungus (牛樟芝) – a species of fungus that is endemic to Taiwan, Grape King Bio said.

The company said tests have proved that its product made from hyphae of antrodia camphorata reduces the resistance of cancer cells, thereby helping cancer patients receiving chemotherapy to recover more quickly. The product is also certified by the U.S. FDA for its ability to protect the liver and reduce blood pressure.

Meanwhile, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital (KVGH) also took home two gold medals with two patented products — a new set of gloves for ICU patients and speedy electrocardiography.

KVGH Director Liu Chun-peng (劉俊鵬) told CNA that the newly developed approach to electrocardiography has already received a patent in Taiwan and the hospital is currently applying for a patent in the United States.

According to Liu, the new method is devised to be used in emergencies by paramedics in ambulances when transporting patients to hospitals. With the help of this equipment, medical personnel can quickly transmit accurate data on heart failure patients to the hospital, saving treatment time that could prove life-saving for patients.

The device has also received gold medals from the International Exhibition of Invention of Geneva, the Invention and New Product Exposition, Pittsburgh, and the invention fair in Soul, he noted. 

By Lin Yu-li, Wei Shu, Wang Shwu-fen and Flor Wang