Winner of the Popular Prize 2019 I European Inventor Award

Congratulations to Margarita Salas Falgueras!

The winner

Congratulations to

Margarita Salas Falgueras (ES)

DNA amplification for genomics

Winners of the lottery

Thank you all for casting your vote in our Popular Prize poll for the European Inventor Award 2019!

Congratulations to the winners of our prize draw!

  • Yasmina Beddar, France
  • Leopoldo Belda Soriano, Spain
  • Jingyuan Cheng, Germany
  • Melissa Cortez, USA
  • Yishai Elyada, Israel
  • Ulrike Engels, Netherlands
  • Anneliese Feichtinger, Austria
  • Katja Pietras Jøns, Denmark
  • Michael Lehmann, Germany
  • Beate Metzger, Germany
  • Masahiro Nakashiba, Germany

The finalists

15 inventors from around the world have been nominated for this year’s Popular Prize.

They are in five categories: Industry, Lifetime Achievement, Non-EPO Countries, SMEs and Research. 

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  • Antonio Corredor Molguero and Carlos Fermín Menéndez Diaz (ES)

    Concrete mould for better breakwaters
  • Klaus Feichtinger and Manfred Hackl (AT)

    Higher-performance plastic recycling
  • Alexander van der Lely and Karel van den Berg (NL)

    Milking robots for healthier cows
  • Jérôme Galon (FR)

    Immunoscore®, a clearer cancer test
  • Matthias Mann (DE)

    Protein analysis to diagnose disease
  • Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot (IT)

    ISET® blood filtration to detect tumour cells
  • Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre (US)

    United States of America
    Eco-friendly packaging from mushrooms
  • Amnon Shashua and the Mobileye team (IL)

    Vision for vehicles to improve road safety
  • Akira Yoshino (JP)

    Lithium-ion battery and its evolution
  • Esben Beck (NO)

    Lasers and AI for healthier salmon
  • Rik Breur (NL)

    Marine antifouling fibre wrap
  • Richard Palmer and Philip Green (UK)

    United Kingdom
    Flexible armour that hardens on impact
  • Margarita Salas Falgueras (ES)

    DNA amplification for genomics
  • Maximilian Haider (AT)

    Sharper electron microscopes
  • Marta Karczewicz (PL)

    Advances in video compression

Competition rules

The European Inventor Award and the Popular Prize lottery are organised by the European Patent Office (EPO). The Popular Prize scheme is regulated by German law.

  • You can vote for an inventor more than once, provided it’s on different days.
  • You can vote for multiple inventors each day.
  • If you want to be included in the prize lottery, please check the relevant box while voting. Each time you vote, your chances to win your own prize increase.
  • The total duration of the voting is five weeks, from 7 May 2019 to 16 June 2019.
  • The winners of the prize lottery will be drawn at random by the EPO on 24 June.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to take part in the Popular Prize vote.
  • The winners of the prize lottery will be notified by e-mail and requested to respond within 7 days to provide their postal address.
  • For more information, please read the Terms and Conditions, which you need to accept in order to be able to vote and participate in the lottery.

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