The deadline for applying is 15 October 2013. An independent panel of judges from business and academia will examine and select the three winners who will be announced in spring 2014.
The winners of the previous edition were:
- Dr. Gitte Neubauer (Co-founder and Vice-President for Research Operations of CELLZOME - recently acquired by GlaxoSmithKline) whose ground-breaking research into chemo-proteomics is driving her company’s work on new, better targeted drugs against inflammatory diseases and cancer;
- Fabienne Hermitte (Co-founder IPSOGEN, Senior director, Research and Development – Regulatory Affairs) whose work made her company a pioneer in personalized healthcare diagnostics, which allow more individualized treatments for cancer patients; and
- Ilaria Rosso (Co-founder ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS, Vice- President of IP Policy and Public Funding Programmes) whose company developed the first self-recharging hydrogen fuel cell system for backup power - a clean, renewable alternative to lead-acid batteries and diesel generators.
The EU Women Innovators Prize was launched in 2011 to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market.
Although women are more and more active in research, there are still too few women creating innovative enterprises. This represents an untapped potential for Europe which needs all its human resources to remain competitive and find solutions to the great challenges that we are facing (such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health etc.).
Website of the contest: www.ec.europa.eu/women-innovators
Videos of the winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2011: Innovation Union YouTube channel
Nick Antonovics, tel. +32 2 29 84 042
Charlotte Gugenheim, tel. +32 2 29 64 343