One of the finalists is Michela Magas who places music as a social glue that brings together people from all areas of interest, and provides a test case for innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, forestry and microcomputing.
In 2016, during the fourth edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference in Amsterdam, Michela Magas became an Innovation Luminary in the "Creative Innovators" category (This is what she said after receiving the Innovation Luminary Award).
The co-founded of Stromatolite Design Innovation is also member of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG).
The other eight finalists in the Women Innovators category are:
- Ms Gema Climent (ES) co-founded the company NESPLORA in San Sebastian, which combines neuroscience and virtual reality to cure mental illnesses
- Prof Barbara Demeneix (FR) co-founded WatchFrog in Evry, which provides novel solutions to screen water quality and environmental pollutants affecting health
- Ms Gemma Galdon Clavell (ES) is the founder of Eticas Research and Consulting in Barcelona, which promotes applied and responsible research and innovation in data-intensive technologies.
- Dr Claudia Gärtner (DE) is a founder of Microfluidic ChipShop in Jena, providing “lab-on-a-chip” systems for better diagnostics
- Ms África González Fernández (ES) has co-founded NanoImmunoTech in Vigo and pioneers with innovative products at the crossroads of biosensing and nanotoxicology
- Dr Kamila Markram (DE) is the co-founder and CEO of Frontiers in Lausanne (CH), a digital-age scholarly publishing company providing Open Access publishing and Open Science IT solutions
- Prof Isabel Trillas Gay (ES) co-founded Biocontrol Technologies in Barcelona, which provides bio-pesticides products to minimise pesticide impact on health and the environment
- Ms Petra Wadström (SE) is the founder of Solvatten in Stockholm, providing a portable water purifier and water heater powered solely by solar energy