Widex wins the European Inventor Award 2012

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The Danish hearing aid manufacturer, Widex, came top of a strong field of 15 finalists for its ground-breaking CAMISHA technology to win the 2012 European Inventor Award. The award was announced by the European Patent Office (EPO) at an award ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark. Speaking at the event, Widex CEO Jan Tøpholm said, "We are very proud to win this award, especially in competition with world renowned technologies such as Bluetooth and the heart attack diagnostic test from Roche. Innovation is part of our company DNA. This award underlines our role as a technology leader not only in the hearing aid industry, but as a high-tech company in general. CAMISHA technology has revolutionised the way we produce In-the-ear hearing aids and has made a huge difference for hearing aid users the world over," he said. Presenting the award to Widex, EPO President Benoît Battistelli said, "Jan Tøpholm, Søren Westermann and Svend Vitting Andersen [the inventors] not only revolutionized the hearing aid industry with their invention, they also show how Widex is a lighthouse example of a small family-owned business becoming an internationally successful company by pursuing a well-defined innovation and patent strategy." Launched in 2006, the European Inventor Award (EIA) is granted annually by the EPO to outstanding inventors for their contribution to technological, social and economic progress and is presented in five categories Industry, Research, SMEs, Non-European Countries and Lifetime Achievement. 15 finalists were selected from over two hundred candidates and Widex was one of only three to be nominated in the 'Industry' category.

Victoria Adshead