Alim-Louis Benabid wins the European Inventor Award 2016 in the research category
On 9 June 2016 the European Inventor Award was celebrated in Lisbon. The award honors inventors who significantly contribute to innovation, economy and society in Europe. Alim-Louis Benabid is a French neurosurgeon who received the award for his outstanding work for the treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Fifteen finalists, grouped in five categories (industry, SMEs, research, non-European countries and lifetime achievement), selected from among almost 400 inventors patiently waited for the final results in Lisbon's MEO arena. EPO President Benoît Battistelli, accompanied by Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and European Research and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas, opened the event.
The awards were launched by the European Patent Office in 2006 to give inventors in different categories public recognition and to incentivise future winners.