The inventor of T34 Biocontrol® is selected finalist of EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017.
The co-inventor of Trichoderma asperellum strain T34 and founding partner of Biocontrol Technologies, Dr. Maria Isabel Trillas, has been selected as finalist for the contest organized by the European Commission. The award recognize the talent of women entrepreneurs who have successfully brought innovations to the market.
Twelve outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market are entering the final stage of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017. The shortlist of contestants was announced 24th January by the European Commission. The contestants come from seven different European countries and they have all benefitted from EU research and innovation funding at some point of their careers, and founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.
The purpose of the Prize is to raise public awareness of the need for more innovation and more women entrepreneurs. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The twelve finalists are all talented innovators with interesting stories to tell about breaking through barriers, taking risks and succeeding. Their stories can inspire other women and men to become innovators.”
The finalists were selected by a high-level jury consisting of independent experts from business, venture capital, entrepreneurship and academia. They evaluated the originality, marketability, economic and social impact of the innovation and the leadership role of the contestants. Prof. Maria Isabel Trillas was selected from more than 47 applications that were submitted for the 2017 edition of the Prize. The twelve finalists have been the last two days in Brussels for hearings with the high-level jury to defend their candidacies and to assist to the UNConvention 2017 where the finalists have been announced.
There are four prizes: 1st prize (€100,000), 2nd Prize (€50,000), 3rd prize (€30,000) and Rising Innovator prize (€20,000) for entrepreneurs under 30. The four winners will be announced on 8 March 2017 at the European Parliament in Brussels as part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day.
Prof. Trillas, after finding herself in the shortlist, have declared:
“I am really happy to be one of the finalists of this contest for the recognition it implies. Just to be on the final stage is a success for itself and a reward for the long time dedicated in developing a biofungicide like T34 Biocontrol® which is not an easy thing and takes so many years and important investments. Now I feel glad having overcome the regulatory barriers and seeing that the product is being sold in several countries like UK, USA, France, Belgium Egypt or Spain. Doing so being a small company and with limited resources is a great achievement and being recognised for having succeeded is comforting”.