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EU Prize for Women Innovators

 

Winners of previous contests

2016 Contest


Award ceremony in 2016. Commissioner Moedas with the three winners. From right to left: Susana Sargento, Sirpa Jalkanen and Sarah Bourke

1st prize winner: Dr. Susana Sargento
Photo of the Winner Dr. Susana Sargento is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and the Institute of Telecommunications, where she is leading the Network Architectures and Protocols group. She co-founded a vehicular networking company, Veniam, a spin-off of the Universities of Aveiro, Porto and Instituto de Telecomunicações, which builds a seamless low-cost vehicle-based internet infrastructure. Dr. Sargento has also undertaken the roles of Vice-President of Engineering and Head of Corporate Research.

2nd prize winner: Prof. Sirpa Jalkanen
Photo of the Winner Prof. Sirpa Jalkanen is MD/PhD, Professor of Immunology who has discovered unique molecular mechanisms regulating harmful cell trafficking and demonstrated the value of these molecules as drug targets to prevent harmful inflammations and the spread of cancer. She has co-founded two biotech companies, BioTie's and Faron Pharmaceuticals in Turku, Finland, now listed on the New York and London stock markets, and is exploring her discoveries in phase II/III clinical trials.

3rd prize winner: Dr. Sarah Bourke
Photo of the Winner Dr. Sarah Bourke is the Chief Executive Officer of Skytek Ltd in Dublin, Ireland, a company she co-founded in the late 1990s. She is a creator of several software applications that assist astronauts in controlling and managing emergency situations on board the International Space Station. Today, Skytek is a successful, global software development company serving the world’s most complex and demanding industries. Dr. Bourke is a doctoral graduate of Trinity College Dublin.


2014 Contest

Photo of the Winners at the 2014 Ceremony
Award ceremony in 2014. From left to right: Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science), Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands), Laura van 't Veer, Saskia Biskup, Ana Maiques, José Manuel Durão Barroso (President of the European Commission)

1st prize winner: Saskia Biskup (Germany)
Photo of the Winner co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CeGaT GmbH, a leading biotech company for diagnostic gene panels, a major step forward in diagnosing patients with rare diseases.
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2nd prize winner: Laura van 't Veer (The Netherlands)
Photo of the Winner co-founder and Chief Research Officer at Agendia NV, a leading personalized health company creating diagnostic tests that foretells the risk of recurrence for breast cancer patients.
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3rd prize winner: Ana Maiques (Spain)
Photo of the Winner co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Starlab, a leading research and innovation company focused on the space and neuroscience industries based in Barcelona.
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Video of the award ceremony at the Innovation Convention 2014

 

2011 Contest

Photo of the Winners at the 2011 Ceremony
Award ceremony in 2011. From left to right: Ilaria Rosso (3rd prize winner), José Manuel Barroso (President of the European Commission), Gitte Neubauer (1st prize winner), Fabienne Hermitte (2nd prize winner), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science), Antonio Tajani (EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship)

1st Prize winner: Gitte Neubauer (Germany)
Photo of the Winner Co-founder CELLZOME, Vice-President Research Operations. Her groundbreaking research into chemo-proteomics is driving her company’s work on new, better targeted drugs against inflammatory diseases and cancer.
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2nd Prize winner: Fabienne Hermitte (France)
Photo of the Winner Co-founder IPSOGEN Senior Director, Research and Development - Regulatory Affairs, a pioneer in personalised healthcare diagnostics, which allow more individualised treatments for cancer patients.
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3rd Prize winner: Ilaria Rosso (Italy)
Photo of the Winner Co-founder ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS, Vice-President of IP Policy and Public. 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.
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Video presenting the EU Prize for Women Innovators and the first winners