Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, revealed today the four winners of this year’s edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators.
The winners, chosen by a jury of independent experts, were announced at the European Research and Innovation Days, this year taking place entirely online. They are (in alphabetical order):
- Madiha Derouazi (Switzerland), founder and CEO of Amal Therapeutics, a company developing therapeutic cancer vaccines.
- Maria Fátima Lucas (Portugal), co-founder and CEO of Zymvol Biomodeling, a company developing computer-designed industrial enzymes by applying molecular modelling.
- Arancha Martínez (Spain), co-founder and Managing Director of It Will Be. Her company helps tackle poverty through technological innovation, providing support to vulnerable women and children. The three winners will all receive a €100,000 cash prize for their achievements.
The Rising Innovator 2020 prize, awarded to an exceptional innovator under the age of 35, goes to:
Josefien Groot (Netherlands), co-founder and CEO of Qlayers. Her company is developing microstructures to boost the efficiency of wind turbines.
Ms Groot will receive a €50,000 cash prize for her achievements.