The independent jury that judges proposals for the European Inventor Award consists of international authorities in the fields of politics, business, media, science, academia and research.
Gerhard Cromme is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG and member of the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer AG. Previously, he was Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp and later Chairman of its Supervisory Board. Cromme has also served as a member of the supervisory boards of several major European industrial groups. He is also a former Vice President of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) and former Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists.
Mandy Haberman is a British inventor and entrepreneur whose inventions include the Haberman® Feeder, used in hospitals throughout the world for over 30 years, and the Anywayup® cup, which since its launch in 1996 has revolutionised the nursery market with its non-spill technology. She was the Female Inventor of the Year 2000, a finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award 2003, and recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth II as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation.
Patrick Couvreur is a professor of pharmacy at Université Paris-Sud, a prolific researcher and a pioneer in the area of nanotechnology. His breakthrough inventions, which include the first biodegradable nanoparticles for human use, have revolutionised the treatment of cancer and other diseases. He has received numerous scientific awards, including, most recently, the Prix Galien 2009, the European Pharmaceutical Scientist Award 2011, and the Médaille de l'Innovation du CNRS 2012. His research has spawned two companies, 60 patents, seven books, and over 450 international peer-reviewed publications.
In the media:
Tony Tangena worked for more than 30 years at Philips Electronics, first as a researcher, and later in the company's IP department. He went on to hold various management positions, including senior vice-president responsible for the entire Philips patent portfolio of 120 000 patent rights. After taking early retirement from Philips he started his own company, Tangena & Van kan. He is president of the epi, the organisation representing more than 10 000 European patent attorneys.
Aino Heikkinen-Mustonen is a building engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. She is founder and Managing Director of Fatec Ltd, a Finnish company specialising in solutions to reduce the cost and environmental impact of cement-based products. She holds several patents in the area of building materials. Her innovations have earned her multiple distinctions, including the EUWIIN European Women Innovator & Inventor Award (2007), World Intellectual Property Organization Award for "Best Woman Inventor" (1990) and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce "Profitable Ideas & Enterprise Award" (1989).
Wolfgang M. Heckl, Director General of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, holds the Oskar von Miller chair for science communication as a professor of experimental physics and nanotechnology at the Technical University in Munich. He received the Communicator Prize from the German Science Foundation and was awarded the European Descartes Prize for Science Communication. He is spokesman of nanotechnology at the National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech and chairman of the board of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light. He is the author of more than 200 peer review publications, and recently wrote a bestselling book entitled Die Kultur der Reparatur.
Ernö Rubik is an architect, designer, university professor and inventor of several mechanical puzzles, including the Rubik's Cube. He founded Rubik Studio Ltd. and acts as its Managing Director and Chairman of Rubik's Brand Ltd., London. Rubik formerly served as President of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, which he helped found. He also formed the Rubik Foundation to support talented young engineers and industrial designers and is a member of the USA Science & Engineering Festival's advisory board.
In the media
Mario Moretti Polegato is the inventor of the Geox shoe, whose innovative, breathable technology has earned him numerous accolades, including CNBC European Business Leaders' 2010 Innovator of the Year and Ernst & Young's 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Moretti Polegato is Chairman of the Italian Geox Group, which has grown into one of the world's top casual footwear companies. He also lectures on the subject of intellectual property at schools and universities throughout the world. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia.
Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2012 in the category Lifetime achievement
In the media
"Holey soles: Italy's breathable shoe brand looks east" - CNN International feature on Geox shoes