EARTO Innovation Prize Ceremony 2012

4 December 2012 at Maison Grand Place, Brussels –

The 2012 EARTO Innovation Prize was awarded at a special ceremony at Maison Grand Place, located on the outstanding Grand Place of Brussels. The President of EIRMA and Director of SOLVAY Future Businesses, Leopold Demiddeleer, has kindly accepted to make the awards this year.


The EARTO Innovation Prize 2012 went to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which has made a breakthrough in biomass-based bio-oil production with an innovative, intelligent process that marks the beginning of a new era in the energy sector. More information about this innovation can be found here.


The independent EARTO Innovation Prize jury highly commended JOANNEUM RESEARCH, based in Graz, Austria, for its dOFM innovation, which enables tissue samples giving an entire biochemical picture of the impact of a drug and thus opening up new horizons in pre-clinical and clinical drug testing. More information about this innovation can be found here.


A key highlight of this year’s event was the publication of a major new study, conducted by the Technopolis Group at the request of EARTO, which demonstrates that Europe needs to balance its spending on research and innovation more towards problem-solving research and towards supporting post-research activities critical for innovation. The report was presented at the ceremony by Erik Arnold, Chairman of Technopolis Group.

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Press Coverage

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Press Release on EARTO Innovation Prize 2012, 5th December 2012 link
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Press Release on EARTO Innovation Prize 2012, 6th December 2012 link
  • CRP HENRY TUDOR Press Release “CRP Henri Tudor congratulates the EARTO Innovation Prize laureates”, 6th December 2012 – link
  • CRP HENRY TUDOR Press Release on the Technopolis Report “Getting the Balance Right”, 6th December 2012 – link
  • Research Europe, “Horizon 2020 needs to kick-start innovation”, 5th December 2012 – link
  • ScienceBusiness, “Horizon 2020 needs a stronger focus on innovation”, 13th December 2012 – link
  • CZELO, “New Technopolis Group Study: Getting the Balance Right”, 6th December 2012 – link
  • Good News! from Finland, “VTT awarded for bio-oil development work”, 6th December 2012 – link
  • EurekAlert, “VTT wins European innovation prize for a new bio-oil production technique”, 13th December 2012 – link
  • APA-SCIENCE, “Europäischer Innovationspreis für Joanneum Research”, 5th December 2012 – link
  • The UK Research Office (UKRO), “New bio-oil technology wins innovation prize”, 19th December 2012 – link