We at the Center for Frugal Innovation are organizing a symposium on the feasibility and implementation of frugal innovations in firms. The symposium with the title “Mastering the Frugal Challenge: Innovating for Global Growth through Affordable Solutions” will take place on 19th November 2013 in Hamburg. A detailed programme agenda and the registration modalities can be found here. The symposium will be preceded by a research seminar with invited guests from universities and research institutions on the 18th November in Hamburg.
In this report BBC reporter Anna Lacey looks into how “the most low-tech methods can produce good medical results” and dwells on how mosquito nets are now being used to repair hernias.
According to the report, an Indian surgeon, Dr. Ravi Tongaonkar, came up with the idea of “using sterilised mosquito mesh as a low-cost substitute for the expensive commercial meshes currently in use.” “His mosquito meshes work out around 4,000 times cheaper than imported mesh and he has used them to fix 591 hernias”, says the report.
And, apparently, they are performing quite well. “The only difference is the polymer used to make them,” says Dr Sanders, “but it makes no difference clinically.”
Apparently, India too is performing quite well as a lead market for frugal innovations….
Japan has launched the first in a new generation of space rockets, hoping the design will make missions more affordable.