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News article | 2 March 2021 | Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

One year on: How European support is helping innovators develop solutions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

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Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Save-the-date: Wednesday 10 March, 10:00 to 11:00 (Brussels time, CET).

Since the start of the outbreak, the European Union has been at the forefront of supporting innovators to tackle the pandemic and the impact on societies.

The European Commission rapidly mobilised its different programmes to spur innovation and allow relevant actors to respond to the crisis. The European Innovation Council (EIC) and European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will present their innovative results one year on. Join us for this online event opened by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, who will be joined by three innovators who have benefitted from support:

  • Odile Duvaux, CEO of Xenothera, a company supported by the EIC that has developed a treatment for patients with moderate COVID-19 (currently in a clinical trial, ready this summer);
  • Peter Lakatos, CEO of Entremo, from Team Discover who won the EIC #EUvsVirus Hackathon and supported by the EIT;
  • David Schmelzeisen, Co-Founder of Impact Products (Project ViruShield) a project supported by the EIT that has created alternative high-performance personal protective equipment (PPE) fabric.

The event will be livestreamed via the EUScienceInnov YouTube account.