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Locals win big at Pittsburgh invention show

NEW YORK -- Taiwan bagged 32 gold medals, 44 silvers and 10 special awards Friday at the 29th Invention and New Product Exposition (INPEX) held June 18-20 in Pittsburgh in the United States.

Nearly 700 inventions from 18 countries were shown in this year's event, 97 of which came from Taiwan. In terms of number of medals and the winning rate, Taiwan was the biggest winner for the third consecutive year.

President Ma Ying-jeou sent congratulatory messages to the Taiwanese delegation soon after learning of its performance.

TCI Co.'s sealwort abstract, a chemical that is expected to help balance androgenic hormones and ease manic depression, earned the Best Invention of the Far East award, a special prize of INPEX.

Among the other Taiwanese award winners is a technology that can separate gold from wasted electronic components without producing harmful chemicals. UWin Nanotech Co.'s know-how won third prize at the event and a cash prize of US$2,000.

Chang Ke-chiang, 70, the Taiwanese delegation's oldest inventor this year, showed a piece of metal that users can put into a pot and help cut down water-boiling time by 25 percent, which won a gold medal.

INPEX is America's largest invention trade show, which is held every year in Pittsburgh. It provides a platform for inventors from around the world to exhibit their works and develop contacts with companies interested in licensing, marketing or manufacturing new products.

All inventions and new products at INPEX are eligible to participate in the invention awards program of the show, under which an international jury determines the winners on the basis of the usefulness, creativity and overall appeal of an invention.

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