Added: (Tue Jan 29 2002)

Pressbox (Press Release) - A Leicestershire woman has developed a chemicals detection system, which could make her the British Female Inventor of the Year 2002.

Analytical chemist Joanne Bone, a finalist in The Patent Office sponsored event on 7 February, has invented Universal Detection for Liquid Chromatography for use in the pharmaceutical, water and food manufacturing industries.

High Performance Liquid Chromatography detection systems for separating, isolating and purifying chemicals have been on the market for several years. But to date there is no one commercially available detector that is capable of directly detecting a broad range of compounds without either chemical derivatisation or resorting to other detection methods. Joanne's product has demonstrated that it has this capability without the need to derivatise or swap detection methodology. The system also offers a more environmentally friendly alternative to those already on the market because, unlike its predecessors, you do not need to use potentially toxic organic solvents.

Joanne, who filed a patent application to protect her apparatus, started work on the project for her Chemistry PhD at Loughborough University. She was so certain her apparatus would help other analytical chemists, she along with Professor Roger Smith, set up a company, Phlogiston Scientific Ltd, to take the technology forward.

Joanne says: “Once I knew I was on to a breakthrough, I filed for a patent and looked into setting up a business. I was sure that my equipment would make life easier for other chemists in the analytical field.”

Joanne is one of several inventors competing for the title of British Female Inventor of the Year and a share of up to 20,000 worth of prizes. Founder of the awards, Bola Olabisi says of the entrants: “This year has the broadest range of inventions ever in the history of the competition. It will be fascinating to see who wins the award because the inventions touch on many aspects of science, engineering and technology. The diversity shows that women are active in all areas of innovation. We hope that the finalists will inspire young women everywhere to consider careers as scientists, engineers and technologists.”

Melvyn Rees of The Patent Office says: “There’s also a new category which is dedicated to the women employed to carry out research and development. We hope this will offer budding inventors an insight into the exciting projects you can work on if you take up a career as a researcher.”

For more information on the event, please see the British Female Inventor of the Year website www.bfiy.com or write to British Female Inventor of the Year, PFWN, 4 Waverley Gardens, Barking, Essex IG11 0BG.

For more information about patents, trade marks, design registration and copyright, please see The Patent Office website at www.patent.gov.uk or contact The Patent Office Central Enquiry Unit on 08459 500505.


Issued by Prowse & Co on behalf of The Patent Office.

For more press information, please contact:
Deborah Fields or Vicki Fletcher at Prowse & Company on 01372 363 386 or e-mail at deborah@prowse.co.uk or vicki@prowse.co.uk
Anna Seddon at the University of Loughborough on 01509 223445 or e-mail at a.j.seddon@lboro.ac.uk

Editor’s Notes
The British Female Inventor of the Year is awarded to an inventor who has come up with an original product or process.
The British Female Innovator is awarded to an inventor who has spotted a gap in the market and started to market her product or process to fill that gap.
The winner of the British Female Inventor of the Year 2001 was Clare Newton with the Cuptake cupholder.
Ann Kritzinger won the Female Innovator 2001 category with the Doubleback Multiple Copy Short-Run Bookbinding machine.
Damini Kumar for her Non-Drip Spout for teapots and other pouring vessels won the Young Female Inventor of the Year 2001.

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