Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, along with Vice President Antonio Tajani, presented the first EU Women Innovators Prize in Brussels.
The EU Women Innovators Prize celebrates women who have combined their passion for science with a head for business to set up innovative enterprises. It showcases the achievements of scientists who have at some point of their careers benefited from EU funding, via the European Commission Framework Programmes for research (FP), or the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), and who successfully brought their ideas to the market. A significant number (11.5%) of the women who applied for the award have established their enterprise in a different country than their origin, a positive message for a trend towards cross border research and entrepreneurship.
The awards went to three innovative women scientists:
First prize (EUR 100 000): Dr. Gitte Neubauer (Germany), Co-founder CELLZOME, Vice-President for Research Operations. Her groundbreaking research into chemo-proteomics is driving her company’s work on new and better targeted drugs against inflammatory diseases and cancer.
Second prize (EUR 50 000): Fabienne Hermitte (France), Co-founder IPSOGEN, Senior director, Research and Development – Regulatory Affairs. Her work made her company a pioneer in personalised healthcare diagnostics, which allow more individualised treatments for cancer patients
Third prize (EUR 25 000): Ilaria Rosso (Italy), Co-founder ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS, Vice-President of IP Policy and Public Funding Programs Her company developed the first self-recharging hydrogen fuel cell system for backup power - a clean, renewable alternative to lead-acid batteries and diesel generators.