The German start-up JeNaCell was voted “Science Start-up of the Year 2017” in Berlin. With its product, a wound dressing based on pure cellulose, large burn wounds can be treated quickly and painlessly for the first time. Unlike conventional plasters, it is a moist, semi-transparent and fully biological material that does not stick to the wound. The nanocellulose cultivated from bacteria is also used in beauty medicine to smooth wrinkles.
“JeNaCell convinced the jury with its highly innovative product, as it is of great importance especially in the medical field, Germany has about 30,000 burn victims per year, many of them children. Here, the painless and rapid treatment with Jenacell’s wound patch represents enormous progress,” said Dr. Stefan von Holtzbrinck, Managing Director of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and Chairman of the Falling Walls Venture jury, explaining the decision in favour of the start-up from Jena.
A total of 24 science-based start-ups from around the world were invited to present their business ideas at Falling Walls Venture in Berlin. The companies came from Canada, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Great Britain, the USA and Germany, among others. Each company had five minutes to convince the international jurors from business, academia and the media of their business model.
The 24 Falling Walls Venture finalists were nominated by leading universities and venture capital companies: among others, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the University of Cambridge, Evonik Industries or the Royal Academy of Engineering London send their best science-based start-up into the race for the title Falling Walls Science Start-Up 2017. In 2017, both New York University and Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, organised a preliminary competition and sent their winner to Berlin. Falling Walls Venture is an initiative of the Falling Walls Foundation, is supported by Siemens, Boehringer Ingelheim and Evonik as Global Partners and takes place in cooperation with numerous international partner universities and research institutions.
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