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SIGN Fracture Care Wins U.S. Patent Award

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RICHLAND, Wash.-  The non-profit organization, SIGN Fracture Care International has received a new top honor from the U.S. Patent and Trademark's Office.

The group was given the "Patents for Humanity Award" for using patented technologies to provide humanitarian aid to people in impoverished areas.

The Richland-based organization was founded by Dr. Lewis Zirkle.

It teaches and distributes low-cost fracture implants to speed healing in developing world hospitals.

"All of us here at SIGN deserve the award because each one has contributed in their own unique way using their skills to create a system which has treated 110,000 fractures around the world for the poor," said Zirkle.

The award program is part of President Obama's global development agenda that rewards companies who bring life-saving technologies to undeserved people.

Other award winners include Dupont Pioneer, Procter and Gamble, and Microsoft.