Medical Technologies (Patent)
When scientific research projects are concerned, patent application does not only protect the results, but also helps with technology transfer, enabling the projects to transform into commercial products. However, the copious processes and extensive legal knowledge involved in patent application have discouraged many academic teams from taking the first step, thus hindering the market development of their projects.
Known as the “Father of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing”, Prof. Dennis Lo received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, often dubbed the “Oscars of Science”, for his non-invasive prenatal diagnostic technique in 2021. He has also set up a lab dedicated to promoting molecular diagnostics which specialises in the research of gene sequencing technologies. At the same time, Prof. Lo is also the Chairman of the Patent Committee at CUHK. He often encourages other academic teams to apply for patents and provides them with the relevant support.