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[Published: Monday April 23 2007]
RUSSIAN AND CONGOLESE INVENTORS WIN AWARDS FROM UN AGENCY Moscow,(APA)- 24 April 2007- A Russian woman who invented a new drug screening test and a Congolese man who created a solar-powered dryer that can be used in agriculture have received awards from the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

The awards, presented at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions on Friday night, were given to the best invention to a woman and the best invention by a national from developing country. Each winner receives a medal, a certificate signed WIPO Director-General Kamil Idris and a cash prize of ,000.

Marina Myagkova of the
Russian Federation has invented a drug screening test that can diagnose whether or not a person has taken narcotics within a two-to-four-month period, while Tsengué Tsengué of the Republic of Congo created a continuous and adjustable solar-powered dryer that collects thermal solar energy, stocks it and releases it on demand for agricultural purposes.

WIPO has been presenting the awards at the exhibition in
Geneva since 1979 as a way to help stimulate inventive activity worldwide, but especially in developing countries. More than 1,000 medals have been awarded over the years by the organization.

AB/APA/24 April 2007---

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