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Scientist gets £2m decades after inventing diabetes test


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Scientist gets £2m decades after inventing diabetes test

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Scientist gets £2m decades after inventing diabetes test

It was created using his daughter’s toy microscope kit and bulldog clips, but Prof Ian Shanks’s 1980s prototype has developed into standard technology used by diabetics to test blood sugar levels. What became the electrochemical capillary fill device has since netted his former employer Unilever £24m. And after a 13-year legal battle, the UK’s highest court has awarded Prof Shanks a £2m share of the bounty. He says most of the compensation will go on legal fees but he hopes the ruling will benefit future inventors.

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