Munich/Brussels/Budapest, 19 May 2011 -- The winners of the 2011 edition of European Inventor Award are: Per-Ingvar Brånemark (Sweden - Lifetime Achievement); Ann Lambrechts, Bekaert (Belgium - Industry), Jens Dall Bentzen, Dall Energy Aps (Denmark - SMEs); Christine Van Broeckhoven, VIB, University of Antwerp (Belgium - Research); Ashok Gadgil and Vikas Garud, University of California/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, WaterHealth International (Non-European countries - USA/India).
From promising methods for diagnosing Alzheimer's and modern implant technology to high-stability concrete, an efficient biomass furnace and water purification with ultraviolet light ─ the winners of the European Inventor Award 2011 cover a wide spectrum of pioneering technological solutions and are a testament to Europe's innovative capacity. The European Patent Office (EPO), in cooperation with the Hungarian EU Council Presidency and the European Commission, awarded Europe's most prestigious innovation prize in five categories at a ceremony at the Academy of Sciences in Budapest today.
The winners of the European Inventor Award 2011 in detail:
"European patents play an important role in the cycle from idea to market success. The winners of the European Inventor Award have benefited from the patent system, not only coming up with breakthroughs in their technical fields, but supporting the development of their companies or institutions, they have actively contributed to job creation to the improvement of people's daily lives," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli.
"This award highlights that Europe continues to be a leader in technical innovation," said Pál Schmitt, President of Hungary. "Hungary is truly honoured to be hosting the ceremony for Europe's most prestigious inventor award. I hope it will boost innovation in our country, as we attach great importance to the ability of society and its people to innovate and drive change and progress. "
" The nominees that are being honoured at this event are without a doubt a strong reflection on Europe's capacity for innovation, and an indication of a regulatory environment that supports and promotes competition and progress", said EU Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier. " The European Patent Office will soon be called upon to deliver unitary patent protection, Inventors then can receive protection for their inventions across 25 EU member states in one single step, meaning a removal of bureaucracy and a lowering of the cost of patents. I trust this will stimulate further innovation," he said.
The European Inventor Award is the most prestigious prize for innovation in Europe. Launched in 2006, it is presented annually by the European Patent Office, in co-operation with the European Commission and the country holding the EU Council Presidency at the time of the award ceremony, which this year is Hungary. The awards, which are purely symbolic and involve no material recompense, honour inventive individuals and teams whose pioneering work provides answers to the challenges of our age and thereby contribute to progress and prosperity. Nomination proposals are submitted by the public and by patent examiners at the European Patent Office and Europe's national patent offices. The winners are chosen from among the nominees by a high-profile international jury, which includes prominent personalities such as European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.
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