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May 17, 2011

The Lemelson Foundation, an organization that believes invention is critical to solving the world’s most challenging problems, today announced it is pledging more than $4 million across six partners that create and advance social innovations for people who need it most in both the U.S. and developing countries. The spring 2011 Lemelson grantees include Ashoka, East Meets West, Root Capital and SELCO.

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May 14, 2011

Many of the Foundation's staff in Portland, OR volunteered for Oregon MESA Day on May 13. MESA (Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement) — an organization that spans eight states — provides middle school and high school students who are underrepresented in the fields of math, engineering, science and technology with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college and compete successfully in the workforce.

News Releases
April 10, 2011

April 10, 2011 – Foundation grantee Solar Ear was recently recognized as one of the Brazil’s “10 Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company for “making hearing aids affordable.” As you may recall, Solar Ear has developed the world’s first digital solar-powered rechargeable hearing aid, which costs a fifth the price of standard equipment.

News Releases
March 15, 2011

March 15, 2011 – We've just released our second e-newsletter featuring news from the Foundation, our grantees, and other items of interest to our network. We send these out every other month, so expect the next one in the middle of May. Please feel free to contact us with ideas and or news for use to consider for use in the newsletter or on our blog.

News Releases
March 9, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (March 9, 2011) – Alice A. Chen, a biomedical engineer and graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology (HST) and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), today received the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for her innovative applications of microtechnology to study human health and disease.

News Releases
March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011 – Around the world, 350,000 women continue to die each year of complications due to childbirth. In the vast majority of cases, women are dying of preventable causes: severe bleeding, infection, obstructed labor and a host of other problems that can be averted with skilled care and improved technology. Somewhere amidst the deep pools of knowledge, creativity and passion at work in today's universities is an innovation to improve health care delivery, an inventive piece of technology designed for low-tech clinics and home delivery or an altogether new method which could revolutionize maternal health practices.

News Releases
February 1, 2011

February 1, 2011 – Yesterday, President Obama announced the launch of the Startup America initiative, a partnership of 20 organizations dedicated to increasing U.S. competitiveness. As part of this, our grantee the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) will award nearly one million dollars in grants to 23 universities in 14 states over the next two months. The organization expects to fund and mentor an additional 200 student-led innovation teams in the next five years and anticipates the launch of 75 new technology ventures.

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