On 14 June 2012, the European Patent Office announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2012, which honors outstanding inventors for their contribution to social, economic and technological progress.
At the ceremony at the Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen, the Danish Crown Prince and Princess and some 350 other guests, among them political and economic decision-makers, scientists, researchers and intellectual property specialists watched as the trophies were handed out to the winners in each of the five categories:
Lifetime Achievement: Josef Bille, Heidelberg University (Germany), for his groundbreaking development of wavefront technology for laser eye surgery;
Industry: Jan Tøpholm, Søren Westermann and Svend Vitting Andersen, Widex (Denmark), for their invention of a computer-aided method to manufacture individually-fitted hearing-aid devices;
SMEs: Manfred Stefener, Oliver Freitag and Jens Müller, Smart Fuel Cell AG (Germany), for the creation of the first fuel cell for portable use;
Research: Gilles Gosselin, Jean-Louis Imbach and Martin L. Bryant, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), for the development of an effective drug for the treatment of Hepatitis B;
Non-European Countries: John David O'Sullivan, Graham Ross Daniels, Terence Michael Percival, Diethelm Ironi Ostry and John Fraser Deane, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia), for laying the foundation for today's wireless networking technology (Wi-Fi).
This video shows interviews of the nominees and the winners of the European Inventor Awards 2012. SHOTLISTLINK