"2011 was a particularly difficult year for our country, for the
regional economy, and, inevitably, for the Science Park. However,
in spite of the economic crisis, private firms and research centres
continued to believe in their ideas, supporting and investing in
them so that they could become innovations, in the belief that it
is especially in times of crisis that new ideas must be supported".
These were the words of AREA's new president, Adriano De Maio,
during the "3L3T Innovation Awards" ceremony held today in
Trieste's AREA Science Park.
Nine awards and a special mention were given to companies from
the Science Park which recently distinguished themselves for
their ability to develop innovative products and services, which
have either already been launched on the market or are about to be.
The jury examined 32 products/technologies resulting from sometimes
lengthy and complex research and development efforts, with the goal
of achieving tangible innovations that can improve quality of life
and the efficiency of work in the most disparate sectors: medicine,
telecommunications, nanotechnology, energy, etc …
The 3L/3T Innovation Awards are a response to the legitimate
curiosity shown by public opinion, institutions, and investors
regarding the output generated by the Science Park. Their
philosophy focuses in the impact that innovations can have on the
Trieste and Te
("you" in Italian, meaning individual citizens). The ceremony
featured the presentation of a publication (in Italian and English)
containing descriptions of all the products and technologies
eligible for the awards.
The independent jury elected three winners for each of the
Awards' categories, defined by the degree of market-readiness:
"early bird" potential innovation; "to
be" potential innovation; "in
the market" actual innovation. The winners are
"Early Birds" potential innovation
Research results yet to be applied to production,
but promising in terms of market impact and repercussions on the
private sector, industry, the local territory, and
Low environmental impact electricity generators based on fuel
cells. Unlike systems available on the market that rely in hydrogen
cells, these new systems can use natural gas, LPG, or biogas as
fuel. This makes them potentially highly versatile.
Motive: For addressing the growing demand for
energy savings and low environmental impact even in small
ICGEB International Centre for Genetic Engineering and
microRNA to induce cardiac regeneration
In order to favour the regeneration of cardiac tissue, the
Centre , a series of human microRNA has been generated to be used
as therapeutic agents, given their ability to induce the
proliferation of cardiomyocytes (striated heart muscle fibres) and
thus treat various cardiac pathologies linked to their loss,
including myocardial infraction, ischemic and non-ischemic
cardiomyopathies, myocarditis, and heart failure. Additionally,
this invention also concerns a method to screen biologically and
pharmacologically active compounds in inducing the proliferation of
Motive: For the contribution it could make to
the treatment of certain types of heart disease that are of great
relevance to public health. For its potential both in terms of
commercial applications and public health savings.
GME General Micro Electronics S.r.l.
What Is Automation
A system that makes it possible, in any building, to control
domotic devices and sensors, even if produced by different
manufacturers and using different operating languages. It works
both as a stand-alone and web-based programme, and can be run via
any online navigation system.
Motive: For its attention to interoperability
regarding standards used in domotics, for its web-friendly
approach, and for the high degree of customization made possible in
part by its open-source development.
"To Be" potential innovation
The innovation can already be used because it is in
the final stages of production: it is about to be launched on
markets with a high impact potential.
MTT FIT series
A cabin using "cold" microwave technology -maintaining
temperatures at refrigeration level - to increase the shelf life of
fresh produce. The device makes it possible to conserve products
longer naturally, without using chemical preservatives, for the
time necessary to reach distant markets and remain fresh when in
logistics and distribution platforms and/or on market shelves.
Motive: For successfully transferring microwave
technology to the food and agriculture sector, a primary sector for
the national and local economy, with a potentially positive
environmental and social impact in terms of waste reduction.
Screening kit to detect the presence of streptomycin and
dihydrosteptomycin in honey. These are aminoglycoside antibiotics
used in beekeeping to treat certain bacterial infections in
beehives. Their use in Europe is prohibited.
I'Screen STREPTO can analyze samples in a simple and inexpensive
manner that can nevertheless produce results that are just as
accurate as those obtained with expensive confirmation methods.
Motive: For improving food security, and for
its ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness in an important economic
sector for the regional and local economy.
Elcon Elettronica S.r.l.
TA - Self-powered transformer for
A device to measure the available power to be added to
electrical distribution cabinets. It can be easily installed (using
pliers) onto the conductor whose current needs to be measured,
without any need for wiring. The information is read and sent to a
box in the cabinet that collects the data from all the devices that
have been installed and, after a preliminary analysis, sends them
to a server where they can be analyzed by a technician. The device
Motive: For having applied an innovative
approach to an inexpensive, easy-to-use device that can help
improve the distribution of electricity.
"In the Market" innovation
The innovation has already been applied to one or
more products that are already available on one or more markets,
with a directly measurable impact.
Eidon - Kaires S.r.l.
A system to acquire, process, and archives images of stone slabs
in order to ensure quality control. The system acquires extremely
high resolution colour images of large stone slabs on the
production line, independently of the thickness of the slab. The
Litoscope system processes the raw images to correct the geometric
distortion caused by the lens, to optimize colour reproduction, and
to acquire all geometrical data regarding shape and size.
Motive: For successfully transferring
innovative technology in stone cutting, a traditional sector of
great relevance to the national economy.
Synaps Technology S.r.l.
Sililight - New LED illumination systems
A new way to generate light with the maximum energy savings, the
highest efficiency, and the best possible quality and aesthetic
performance. The LED T8 SiLiLIGHT tubes, available in different
lengths (600, 900, 1200 and 1500 mm), colour temperatures (warm
white, daylight white, cold white, and "nature") and finishes
(transparent or opaline), were entirely designed by Synaps
Technology, which studied LED mixture to ensure improved colour
performance. Also available are ceiling lights, street lamps, and
Motive: For manufacturing original accessories
with great market potential, combining energy savings with improved
light quality and aesthetic performance.
Dr. Schär S.p.A.
Pan del Forno
A major innovation in the gluten-free sector: fresh-baked bread.
Until now, the only gluten-free bread available in Italy was either
packaged bread prepared in a protected atmosphere (4 month shelf
life) or frozen bread (12 month shelf life). This product is much
more similar to fresh-baked, sliced bread.
Motive: For meeting the demand for fresh-baked
bread suitable for those suffering from celiac disease in an
innovative way, both in terms of technology and distribution.
A special mention went to ICGEB - International Centre for
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology for its commitment,
openness, and ability to look beyond the scientific results of its
research, for its sensitivity to the opportunities and incentives
provided by the local territory, and for its willingness to
cooperate and get involves even in sectors beyond strictly