Applause for Europe's Top Inventors

The European Inventor of the Year awards honor the makers of the best patented inventions in research and industry. The recognition may be the push they need

When Douglas Anderson's 5-year-old son went blind in one eye in 1992 because of a detached retina, Anderson sprang into action. Although his son had received regular eye care, the discomfort of having his pupils dilated prevented the child's doctor from conducting thorough exams. Anderson, who holds an engineering degree, immediately took the problem back to his firm, Edinburgh-based Crombie Anderson, and founded a spin-off called Optos (OPTS.L). The result: a laser ophthalmoscope that images 82% of the retina in a single scan, and without pupil dilation.

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