Government chooses leading innovations for awards

A curtain hook that fights hospital superbugs and a home water-purification device were among the products honoured at this year’s iAwards.

The awards, organised by the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills and intended to recognise the best of British technological and scientific innovation, took place at the Science Museum in London last night.

The overall winner was Horizon Discovery’s X-Man tool, which identifies personalised cancer treatments.

Unilever’s research and development department picked up the consumer product award for its Pureit device, which claims to kill all water-borne bacteria and viruses.

Blinds manufacturer Opal Contracts won the award for its in-house-designed curtain hooks. The hooks can be loaded onto a curtain rail in groups, reducing the amount of time it takes to change a hospital curtain.

The iAward for digital communications went to Powertraveller for its Solargorilla, which uses solar power to charge laptops and mobile phones.

Winners of the awards will be helped by UK Trade & Investment to meet potential business partners at key events such as the Medica trade fair in Germany.

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