Under the motto “Innovative? Excellent!”, the XX Innovation Award Thuringia 2017 was awarded on 21 November 2017 by the Minister of Economics Wolfgang Tiefensee together with the Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT), TÜV Thüringen and the Ernst Abbe Foundation.
With PAKETIN GmbH, Redwave Medical GmbH and Oncgnostics GmbH, three portfolio companies of bm|t won the XX. Innovationspreis Thüringen in various categories.
In the category “Digital & Media”, PAKETIN GmbH (Jena) won with its innovative solution for the transfer of goods in apartment buildings through dynamic multiple use. In addition, the company won the audience award with over 800 votes in the online survey that preceded the competition.
In the category “Light & Life”, the winner was oncgnostics GmbH (Jena) with its product GynTect 2.0, the reliable prevention of cervical cancer.
This year’s special prize for young companies went to Redwave Medical GmbH (Jena), who developed a method or algorithm to enable central blood pressure in the aorta to be measured with commercially available blood pressure measuring devices.
About the Thuringia Innovation Award
With prize money totalling 100,000 euros provided by the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, the Thuringian Innovation Award is one of the most highly endowed awards in this field in Germany. The aim is to bring research excellence and innovative strength to light and to honour them, but also to give companies a kind of jump-start in marketing and to encourage them to develop innovative products. The prize is awarded in the categories “Tradition & Future”, “Industry & Materials”, “Digital & Media” and “Light & Life”. The “Special Award for Young Companies” supports the innovative potential of start-up companies. In awarding the prize, the jury decides according to criteria such as degree of innovation, entrepreneurial performance, functionality, practical value and economic success. In addition, the competition entries must already have been launched on the market or be about to be launched on the market and have prospects of successful establishment. Another requirement is that the innovation presented must have been developed and manufactured predominantly in Thuringia.