15-06-2017 EPO - 2017 Inventor's Award Results

Exceptional inventors from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US receive European Inventor Award 2017 at ceremony in Venice


European Patent Office recognises inventors for outstanding achievements in the fields of medical diagnostics, satellite navigation, medical imaging, oil spill management and immunisation.

EPO President Benoît Battistelli : “These inventors have not only contributed to furthering technological development, their patented inventions have had a major social and economic impact.”

Industry
Jan van den Boogaart and Oliver Hayden (Netherlands/Austria) - Rapid blood test for malaria
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Research
Laurent Lestarquit, José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez, Günter W. Hein, Jean-Luc Issler and Lionel Ries (France, Spain, Germany, Belgium) - Radio signals for better satellite navigation
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Non-EPO countries
James G. Fujimoto, Eric A. Swanson and Robert Huber (USA, Germany) - High resolution medical imaging (OCT)
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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Günter Hufschmid (Germany) - Super-sponge for oil spills
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Popular Prize
Adnane Remmal (Morocco) - Boosting antibiotics with essential oils
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Lifetime achievement
Rino Rappuoli (Italy) - Novel vaccines by gene analysis
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Source EPO