Call for SME Awards 2012 applications
Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards 2012
Brussels, 1 March 2012 - EuropaBio has announced today the launch of its 3rd annual Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award and invites applications for the 2012 competition. The award aims to reward SMEs which are operating in all applications of biotechnology, from agriculture to industrial and healthcare, and which are making a significant contribution to providing innovative solutions to the grand challenges of our time as outlined in EU Commission President Barroso’s Europe 2020 Strategy.
With a cash prize of €10,000 and two years’ free membership of EuropaBio, as well as the proven exposure to EU media and high-level policy makers and potential for companies to build a public profile, the award is expected to once again attract a vast amount of innovative applications from right across the EU Member States.
This year’s expert judging panel will include G. Steven Burrill, Founder and CEO of Burrill & Company -who will also deliver a much anticipated key note address- Dr. Philippe De Backer, MEP; Tom Saylor, CEO of SME Arecor and Chairman of EuropaBio’s SME Platform and Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio.
Last year’s competition attracted applications from across 14 Member States from SMEs working in all areas of biotechnology. With four outstanding runners up- AiCuris GmbH & CO., Biocentras, Cardio3 BioSciences and to-BBB - who all showcased their innovative applications during the award ceremony- Prosensa Therapeutics was eventually awarded the top prize for their efforts in developing a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is an inherited, lethal childhood rare disease which is highly debilitating and gradually weakens muscles to the effect that an affected child is often left wheelchair bound by the age of 12, with a mean life expectancy of just 25-30 years of age. Currently, there is no effective treatment for DMD. However, Prosensa has one of the world’s most advanced programmes to develop an innovative pipeline of products to treat DMD and its lead product is already in phase III clinical trials.
Commenting on the launch of this year’s award, Tom Saylor, Chairman of the EuropaBio SME Platform remarked: “EuropaBio's Most Innovative Biotech SME Award provides the opportunity to raise the profile of leading biotech SMEs and the importance of the biotech industry generally to Europe. Biotech SME's not only play an essential role as the foundation of key knowledge-based industries but are pivotal to boosting economic growth and creating jobs right across Europe. It is essential that Europe remains a centre of excellence for commercialisation of its extraordinary science base and that EU policy reflects the importance of SMEs in achieving this objective. EuropaBio's Most Innovative Biotech SME Award is an important means to highlight this key sector and leading companies with policymakers, investors and consumers.”
EuropaBio's, mission is to promote an innovative and dynamic biotechnology based industry in Europe. Founded in 1996, to provide a voice for the biotech industry at an EU level, EuropaBio represents corporate and associate members operating worldwide, as well as bioregions and national biotechnology associations and SMEs.
About the SME Platform
EuropaBio’s SME Platform focuses its activities on highlighting challenges and financial constraints that biotech SMEs face, and developing policy recommendations to optimise EU and member state funding instruments for biotech SMEs. The SME Platform brings together CEOs, of SMEs, National Biotech Associations, Venture Capitalists and private banks, European financial institutions, representatives from the EC, and other interested stakeholders. EuropaBio represents some 1800 SMEs across Europe through the National Association Council.