European Inventor Award

Nominees and winners 2012


Winners: Jan Tøpholm, Søren Westermann and Svend Vitting Andersen (Denmark)
    Tailor-made hearing aid

Hugo Katus and Klaus Hallermayer (Germany)
    Blood test to diagnose heart attacks

Jaap Haartsen (the Netherlands)
    Bluetooth technology


Winners: Gilles Gosselin, Jean-Louis Imbach and Martin L. Bryant (France)
    New drug for hepatitis B treatment

Jason Chin (UK) and Oliver Rackham (Australia)
    Re-engineering protein synthesis

Mark van Loosdrecht, Merle Krista de Kreuk and Joseph Heijnen (the Netherlands)
    Waste-water treatment method

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Winners: Manfred Stefener, Oliver Freitag and Jens Müller  (Germany)
    Portable direct methanol fuel cell

Stefan Lehnert (Germany)
    Architectural cladding system

Farouk Tedjar and Jean-Claude Foudraz (France)
    Method for recycling batteries

Lifetime achievement

Winner: Josef Bille (Germany)
    Device for laser eye surgery

Josef Theurer (Austria)
    Railway track-maintenance machinery

Mario Moretti Polegato (Italy)
    Vapour-permeable shoe

Non-European countries

Winners: John O' Sullivan, Graham Daniels, Terence Percival, Diethelm Ostry and
    John Deane  (Australia)
    Wireless LAN for high speed data transfer

Stanford Ovshinsky (USA)
    Clean energy battery

Federico Capasso (USA), Jérôme Faist (Switzerland) and team
    Quantum cascade lasers

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