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17 May 2019

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019 awarded

On 18 May 2019, Commissioner Carlos Moedas announced the four winners of the 2019 EU Prize for Women Innovators at the VivaTech conference in Paris. The winners have founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas. They were chosen by a jury of independent experts following an open call for submissions in autumn 2018.

The winners of the 2019 EU Prize for Women Innovators are:

Irina Borodina (Lithuania), co-founder and CTO of BioPhero, a biotech company producing pheromones as a safe, affordable and effective alternative to pesticides.
Martine Caroff (France), founder and CSO of two biotechnological companies: LPS-BioSciences which specialises in bacterial endotoxins for vaccines, in vitro diagnostics, cosmetics as well as medical devices and HEPHAISTOS-Pharma which develops immunotherapy for oncology.
Shimrit Perkol-Finkel (Israel), co-founder and CEO of ECOncrete Tech, a company that provides environmentally sensitive concrete products on which life can grow thereby enhancing the biological and ecological value of urban, coastal, and marine infrastructures.

The Rising Innovator 2019 is:
Michela Puddu (Italy), co-founder and CEO of Haelixa, a company that uses intelligent DNA-based tracing solutions to ensure ethical and transparent business practices, with special focus on sustainable products such as organic cotton.

154 applications were submitted from across the EU and the countries associated to Horizon 2020. 13 finalists were shortlisted for the award in April 2019.

The aim of the EU Prize for Women Innovators is to raise public awareness of the need for more innovation and more women entrepreneurs, to recognise the success of women in innovation and create strong role models.

More information on the EU Prize for Women Innovators can be found here.

Photo credit: European Commission

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