Army Doctor Gets Silicon
Colonel Oviemo Ovadje, Nigeria Army doctor and inventor of the EAT-SET blood transfusion
device has been nominated for the J.P. Morgan Chase Health Award at the Tech Museum
Awards, Technology Benefiting Humanity. The awards ceremony is slated for November 7, 2002
in California, USA.
Col. Ovadje is one of the 25 scientists/innovators chosen from 460 nominations from 56
countries to be recognised and honoured at a black tie Awards Gala by Silicon Valley
leaders and United Nations delegates.
A breakdown of the winners by countries shows the United States leading with 13
recipients, followed by India with three recipients, Canada with two recipients while
Malaysia, South Africa, Switzerland, Argentina and Nigeria have one recipient each.
The Tech Museum award is designed to recognise individuals and organisations that develop
or adapt technology in creative ways to solve global challenges and have high potential of
yielding lasting beneficial impact.
The awards, which are in five categories, are presented in partnership with the American
Council for United Nations University and Santa Clara University's Centre for Science,
Technology, and Society.
In a letter of commendation, the United Nation's Development Programme (UNDP) considers it
"a rare and great honour and a plus for Nigeria to stand among other scientifically
notable countries at such a glorified moment of history."
According to Peter Giles, The Tech President and CEO, in a statement announcing the 25
2002 laureates, the goal of the award is to help inspire "future scientists,
technologists, and dreamers to harness the tremendous power and promise of technology to
solve the global challenges that confront us today."
Col. Ovadje is expected to attend the ceremony to receive the award and to participate in
technological and scientific meeting designed by the organisers to enable inventors
actualise their dreams."
The EATSET device is a low cost technology relevant to the needs of developing countries.