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Inventor Ian Shanks gets £2m after 13-year fight over diabetes kit – The Times

Ian Shanks’s invention is used by diabetics todayMURDO MACLEOD

Nearly 40 years ago Ian Shanks used his daughter’s toy microscope kit and some bulldog clips to create a system for measuring blood sugar.

Yesterday the Supreme Court awarded him £2 million in compensation after five judges unanimously agreed that the invention had provided his employer with “outstanding benefit” and that he deserved a cut.

The court had been told that Professor Shanks, 71, developed a pioneering system for measuring the concentration of glucose in blood and other liquids while working for a subsidiary of Unilever in Bedfordshire in the 1980s.

In 1982 using plastic film and glass slides from his daughter’s toy microscope kit and bulldog clips to hold it together he built a prototype of what is now the electrochemical capillary fill device…

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