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Awards for Polish Inventors
July 29, 2011   
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For years Polish inventors have been winning top awards at Brussels Innova, an innovation, research and new technology trade fair in Brussels, Belgium. The latest event, which was held Nov. 18-20, 2010, was particularly successful for Poland.

Poles captured 13 special awards, six gold awards with a special jury distinction (out of 10), 30 gold medals, 56 silver medals and 15 bronze medals, plus a bronze medal in the Young Inventor category.

And to top the list, Poland also won the Grand Prix (pictured). The award went to the Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment (ITAM) in Zabrze for its Cardi Accel ANP-701 device for hemodynamic support by stimulation during surgery. It was the third Grand Prix for Poland in the exhibition’s 59-year history, and all were in recognition of Polish medical technology. In 2004 the jury awarded the POLVAD heart assist device, and in 2007, it cited a spectroscopic system for early detection and diagnosis of cancer whose inventors included ITAM researchers.

The exhibition featured over 400 innovations from 17 countries. Poland submitted 107 inventions by research centers, manufacturers, individuals and young inventors. The projects spanned a wide range of fields, from ecology, medicine, safety, aviation, the car industry and transport to metallurgy, the textile industry, machine and equipment design, chemistry, electronics, the power industry and information technology.

The Polish stands in Brussels were prepared by the Eurobusiness-Haller company from Katowice, the official Innova representative for Poland, which presented 54 inventions submitted by 41 entities, and the Association of Polish Inventors and Innovators from Warsaw, which presented 53 inventions delivered by 23 of its members.

The inventions were evaluated by a team of over 80 experts who examined their innovativeness, advancement and technology level, demand in society, opportunities for implementation and sale, research data confirming the inventions’ effectiveness, and their presentation along with their promotion and marketing. The jury head praised the quality of the inventions and Eurobusiness-Haller’s professional and solid presentation of them. Some of the inventors received Merite de l’Invention orders (Chevalier, Officer, Grand Officer and Commodore Cross) from the Belgian Orders Committee. These orders are awarded to outstanding inventors, individuals and institutions that have excelled in innovation.

The exhibition program included several conferences focusing on innovation and new technology.

Polish inventors say that participation in the exhibition, awards, information and promotion during and after the event all offer opportunities for establishing international contacts and accessing new markets, and help attract interest in new inventions both domestically and abroad.

Since 1994, the Polish Ministry of Science and Education has subsidized the participation of Polish inventors in the event’s science section. Companies and inventors taking part in the exhibition also receive assistance from the trade and investment promotion department of the Polish embassy in Brussels.
Ewa Dereń
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