Popular Prize | European Inventor Award 2021

Congratulations to Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic!

Winner of the Popular Prize 2021

Congratulations to

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic (RS)

Advances in tissue engineering

The finalists

Fifteen inventors or inventor teams 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.

Find out more about the finalists
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  • Per Gisle Djupesland (NO)

    Better nasal drug delivery
  • Christoph Gürtler, Walter Leitner and team (DE)

    Using carbon dioxide to make greener plastics
  • Jan van der Tempel (NL)

    Safe transfer to and from offshore platforms
  • Marco Donolato and team (DK)

    Magnetic nanoparticles to diagnose disease
  • Robert Grass (AT) and Wendelin Stark (CH)

    DNA-based data storage
  • Mathias Fink and Mickael Tanter (FR)

    Ultrasound imaging method using shear waves
  • Bo Pi and Yi He (CN)

    Live fingerprint sensors for greater security
  • Kim Lewis and Slava S. Epstein (US)

    United States of America
    Tools to cultivate microbes
  • Sumita Mitra (US)

    United States of America
    Restoring smiles with nanomaterials
  • Carmen Hijosa (ES)

    Turning pineapple leaves into a sustainable alternative to leather
  • Ben Kibel and Pete Kibel (UK)

    United Kingdom
    Fishing hook cover to save seabirds
  • Henrik Lindström and Giovanni Fili (SE)

    Flexible solar cells for portable devices
  • Metin Colpan (DE)

    Efficient tools to analyse nucleic acids
  • Karl Leo (DE)

    Advances in organic semiconductors
  • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic (RS)

    Advances in tissue engineering
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Karl Leo (DE)
Advances in organic semiconductors

About the invention

The German physicist advanced organic semiconductors by improving their conductivity through a technique called doping. Currently, half of the world's smartphones and many types of solar cells incorporate his technology. He has also founded several companies in a career spanning over 30 years.

More details on www.epo.org

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