We are pleased to report that winners of several of the Foundation’s competitions, including Dr Michał Bieniek, Prof. Piotr Garstecki and others, have been named “Very Important Polish Innovators” in recognition of their success at commercialization of research results.
Among the group of 11 researchers named “Very Important Polish Innovators,” six are also winners of competitions organized by the Foundation for Polish Science.
The awards committee, made up of Prof. Michał Kleiber, former president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Dr Alicja Adamczak, president of the Polish Patent Office, Dr Olaf Gajl from the National Information Processing Institute, and Krzysztof Przybył from the foundation that awards the Poland Now emblem, decided to recognize Dr Michał Bieniek, a winner of the FNP INNOVATOR programme and CEO of Apeiron Synthesis SA, who is the co-author of international patent applications and scholarly articles in the field of synthesis and application of new catalysts for olefin metathesis.
The title of “VIP Innovator” was also awarded to:
- Prof. Piotr Garstecki, a winner in FNP programmes KOLUMB, HOMING, TEAM, MISTRZ and IDEAS FOR POLAND, director of the Microflows and Complex Liquids Research Group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, for developments connected with creation of automated microflow technologies for research in chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology
- Dr Grzegorz Brona, a winner of FNP’s HOMING PLUS and CONFERENCE STIPENDS programmes, lecturer at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw and CEO of Creotech Instruments SA, which specializes in space technologies
- Dr Dawid Nidzworski, a winner of the START, VENTURES and IMPULS programmes and co-owner of the startup ETON Group, which seeks to introduce miniature biosensors to identify flu viruses
- Dr Iwona Cymerman, a winner of FNP’s START programme, who with the team at NanoVelos SA is commercializing an invention using nanoparticles to carry various substances through the organism, including anti-cancer drugs
- Dr Anna Wójcicka, a winner of the IMPULS programme, cofounder of Warsaw Genomics, a company spun out from the University of Warsaw to ensure patients and doctors access to state-of-the-art genetic research for purposes of prevention, diagnosis and therapy.
The other “VIP Innovators” are Olga Malinkiewicz, Marek Adamowicz, Tomasz Skalski, Dominik Spinczyk and Paweł Śliwiński.
* Pictured: Prof. Piotr Garstecki, photo ONE HD