7 April 2008The United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has presented awards to an Iranian woman who invented a new medical instrument and a Malaysian man who designed a new form of engineered wood, as part of the agency’s commitment to promoting inventors worldwide. Mrs. Maryam Eslami from Iran, won the WIPO award for the best invention by a woman for designing a new surgical instrument for use in bone surgery. Mr. Wan Tarmeze, from Malaysia, won the award for the best invention by a national from a developing country, for wood made from the waste generated by oil palm plantations. The awards were handed out on Friday at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, which provides an opportunity for inventors to showcase their inventions and to attract business partners. The winners were selected by an international jury of experts.