The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced the fifteen finalists of this year’s European Inventor Award. The European Inventor Award is one of Europe's most prestigious innovation prizes. Launched by the EPO in 2006, it honours individual inventors and teams of inventors whose pioneering inventions provide answers to some of the biggest challenges of our times.

The nominated inventors come from a range of countries and technical fields, from green plastics and oil-spill clean-up to satellite navigation. The award honours scientists, researchers and engineers in five categories:

  • Industry
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Research
  • Non-EPO countries
  • Lifetime achievement

The Award ceremony will take place on 15 June 2017 in Venice.

For more information about the Award and this year's finalists, check EPO website here.