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Sri Lankan inventors shine in Geneva

The inventions of Dr S.J.B Lenadora and Dinesh Katugampala were honoured at the recent ‘Inventions Geneva’ Exhibition, winning prestigious Gold and Silver medals, the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC) said.

Dr S.J.B Lenadora and his wife at the Geneva exhibition

In a media statement, SLIC said this international exhibition of inventions in Geneva has been held annually for the past 40 years and considered to be one of the most important conventions for inventors in the world. 789 exhibitors took part in the event, from 46 different countries, showing off a plethora of over 1000 inventions.

Participants included large corporations such as the REHAB-ROBOTICS COMPANY LTD, from Hong-Kong who came away with the Grand Prix prize for the invention of a new system designed for people who have suffered a cerebral attack.

The SLIC said Dr Lenadora’s invention, the Lenadora Pneumatic Self Retaining Abdominal Retractor, used during complicated abdominal surgeries, provides tissue-friendly retraction force and a wide range of retraction, minimizing tissue injury during surgery, providing patients with minimal discomfort during the post-surgery phase.Mr Katugampala’s invention, the Radius Meter, directly reads a radius of an arch or sphere and can plot major arches in the area of mechanical engineering redesign using only a minor arch.

“While both inventions may appear complex to the general public, the panel of adjudicators were taken by their ingenuity and practicality. Dr Lenadora’s team provided demonstrations to visitors present on how both his invention and Mr Katugampala’s invention worked, the latter being unable to attend due to unavoidable circumstances,” the statement added.

Radius meter

Delighted with the news, SLIC Commissioner Deepal Sooriyaarachchi said this provides great new opportunities for budding Sri Lankan inventors and would also pave the way for further support and development in this area.

“Participating in an event of this magnitude is an achievement in itself but winning medals truly brings Sri Lanka to the forefront of the international scientific invention community. We hope that the inventions of Dr Lenadora and Mr Katugampala, and the exposure that they received, inspire other Sri Lankan inventors to dream big. SLIC's mission is to support aspiring inventors to realize their dreams just as we supported these two medal winners in realizing theirs,” he added.

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