As every year, the World Economic Forum released its list of the 24 most pioneering companies in the development of new technologies that are likely to disrupt our lives. If more than 600 companies have been named by the World Economic Forum since the program began in the 2000s, it is interesting to note that the selected companies have consistently proven to be a good indicator of future trends.
For example, imagine that instead of seeing a nurse poking our children with a huge syringe, just have them put a patch of only 1cm2 directly to the skin . This could soon be a reality thanks to the Vaxxas company that developed a Nanopatch consists of thousands of microcapsules directly supplying the necessary dose of vaccine in the outer layer of the skin. Now this patch gets the same immune response as the traditional vaccination (based on syringe) using only 1% of doses usually injected. In addition, these patches have the major advantage of not needing to be transported in a refrigerated environment, greatly simplifying their potential use in remote areas.
Nanotechnology and the heart of a vast array of new technologies that will soon revolutionize medical care. Scientific breakthroughs in recent years in sequencing DNA strands and biological data have enabled the company guardant Health to develop a method of cancer detection based on a simple blood test and therefore requires more biopsies. The company Organovo has in turn relied on the technology of 3D printing to develop the impression of functional human tissues (that is to say-living) and to improve and facilitate toxicity testing and effectiveness of future drugs. For its part, the company Avegant, has meanwhile developed a headset to broadcast images directly onto the retina of the user, and the hope is to develop new applications for the visually impaired.
Finally, as we live in a world increasingly connected, it was obvious that the companies working on the Internet of Things (“the Internet of Things”) were to be honored. The SmartThings application has been rewarded: it allows its users to control a variety of devices and systems for home (locks, electrical switches, thermostat) from a mobile interface. Have a “connected home” is no longer a pipe dream.
SOURCE: World Economic Forum