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News article6 February 2024European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read

New Study From the EPO: Cancer-Fighting Innovations Surged By 70% Since 2015

According to the European Cancer Information System (ECIS), approximately 31% of men and 25% of women in the European Union are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis before reaching the age of 75. This underscores the critical need for the development of new technologies, which are supported by multi-million-euro public funding programs like Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. In fact, research indicates that over 5 million lives have been saved in the EU alone due to innovations in oncology (Dalmartello M. et al., 2022).

The latest study from the European Patent Office (EPO) reveals a 70% increase in inventions targeting cancer between 2015 and 2021, as evidenced by the number of international patent families (IPFs). The report highlights that more than 140,000 inventions designed to combat cancer have been disclosed to the public through patent documents over the past 50 years.



Publication date
6 February 2024
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency