Italian woman among four 'top innovators' in Europe

For inventing food Dna-tracking labels

17 May, 17:35

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 17 - Italy's Michela Puddu is one of the four winners of the European Union prize for Women Innovators funded by the EU Horizons programme, organisers said Friday.

    Puddu hatched the idea of using food DNA anti-fraud labels to track products.

    "I hope the winners can in their turn inspire many other women to undertake innovative activities," said European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, announcing the winners of the international competition VivaTech.

    Along with Puddu, who received 50,000 euros as an emerging innovator in the Under 35 class, prizes of 100,000 euros each were awarded to Irina Borodina of Lithuania, whose biotech company produces pheromones to use in alternative to pesticides; Martine Caroff of France, the head of two biotech companies specialised in components for vaccines and immunotherapies against cancer; and Shimrit Perkol-Finkel of Israel, whose company is specialised in ecological coastal infrastructure.


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