16 Nov 2022
EC announces winners of EU's Innovation Radar Prize 2022
The European Commission has announced the winners of this year's Innovation Radar Prize. The prize is awarded to Europe's most promising innovations that have emerged from EU-funded research and innovation projects.
The overall winner of the 2022 Innovation Radar Prize is NVision Imaging Technologies from Germany, a quantum tech company founded by world-leading spin-physics experts. The company has developed a hyperpolarisation platform which enhances the MRI signal of natural metabolites, enabling these safe molecules to be used as agents for imaging tumour metabolism via standard MRIs. This safe imaging technology will provide oncologists unprecedented early insights into treatment efficacy at the metabolic level, allowing non-responders to be moved onto another line of therapy more quickly. NVision received EU funding via the MetaboliQs project.
This year, in addition to the overall Prize, awards were attributed to these three categories:
- ‘Purpose-Driven & Green’ for innovations that strive for more an environmentally sustainable future: This prize was awarded to Svelte from Romania. Svelte designs, develops and manufactures cutting-edge solutions for producing topologically optimised construction elements and freeform architectural surfaces 40 times faster than the methods used today.
- ‘Disruptive Health’ for innovations in life science and medical fields: This prize was awarded to Innovation Sprint from Belgium for Healthentia, a certified clinical solution in the form of a smartphone app for patients and a clinical dashboard for clinicians. Healthentia supports care plans and digital pathways that outperform traditional treatments, with recorded technical & clinical evidence.
- ‘Kickstarter’ for applied research in universities and research centres that is already demonstrating considerable market promise: The winner of this prize category is the Polytechnic University of Madrid in Spain, for a thermophotovoltaic battery that stores surplus renewable generation and produces combined heat and electricity on demand.
From over 300 applicants, a longlist was put to a public vote which resulted in a shortlist of 12 finalists. The 12 finalists for the three categories pitched in front of the Jury panel comprised of investors at an online event co-organised by the Dealflow.eu consortiumon 15 November 2022. The overall Innovation Radar Prize Winner will be featured in a special Euronews broadcast later this year.
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