With record investments of 5.6 billion euros in R&D in 2020, no less than 422 patents granted, and more than 11,000 people working in an R&D-related activities or R&D departments, the chemical, plastics, and life sciences sector is the innovation champion in Belgium.
To honor this innovation-oriented mindset and to highlight breakthrough technologies and products, essenscia is launching the fifth edition of the Innovation Award.
Through this prestigious prize, the most important prize for industrial innovation in Belgium, we intend to put leading innovation projects in the spotlight. We also want to encourage Belgian companies and organizations to innovate even more, and to protect their intellectual assets.
The essenscia Innovation Award ceremony will take place on October 18, 2022 in Square Brussels.
Participating companies will receive a personal invitation to attend the award ceremony.
President of the Innovation Fund for Chemistry & Life Sciences and former Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of Total – President of the Jury
Holder of a master degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louvain, François Cornélis started his career at PetroFina. In 1983, he became the Vice-President of American PetroFina in Dallas and was appointed CEO and Managing Director of PetroFina in 1990. From April 2000 to December 2011, François Cornélis served as Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of Total (originally known as TotalFinaElf). In 2015, he created the Innovation Fund for Chemistry and Life Sciences. He is the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium and was awarded the Légion d’honneur.
Secretary-General of the Fund for Scientific Research – FNRS
After obtaining a PhD in Applied Sciences and following a post-doctorate at the “Von Karman Institute for fluid dynamics”, Véronique Halloin joined the ULB where, in 2000, she became a full professor. From 2002 to 2006, she served as Vice-president and President of the Interfaculty School of Bioengineering before becoming Vice Rector of the ULB, responsible for research and development. In 2008 she was appointed Secretary-General of the Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS. She is a member of the Federal Council for Scientific Policy.
Professor and Vice-Rector Valorisation & Development of University of Antwerp
After obtaining a PhD in Chemistry and gaining experience in the public, private and academic sector, Silvia Lenaerts became a professor at the University of Antwerp in 2006. She is the founder of the research group DuEL for sustainable energy, water and air technology, and a board member of several spin-off companies. In her capacity as Vice-Rector Valorisation & Development at the University of Antwerp, she is president of the board for innovation and industrial research fund (IOF).
CEO of Deloitte Belgium
Before becoming CEO of Deloitte Belgium in 2016, Piet Vandendriessche was a Managing Partner at Deloitte Tax & Legal Belgium. He was Indirect Tax Partner, and for five years, served as Deloitte Global Managing Director, Indirect Tax. From April 2013 to December 2015, he was EMEA Regional Tax and Legal Managing Director. Since 2014, Piet Vandendriessche has been a permanent lecturer on “Taxation of International Transactions” at KU Leuven. He is a member of the board of directors of Voka.
Managing Director of essenscia
Yves Verschueren was appointed Managing Director of essenscia in September 2007. After graduating in law and economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Yves Verschueren led a successful and international career at Unilever. Before becoming Chairman of Unilever Belgium, he acted in Belgium, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Italy and for Unilever Europe as Senior Vice President Home Care. As Managing Director of essenscia, he is also a member of the Board of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO/FEB) and of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council.
The proposals must be submitted by June 15, 2022 at the latest.
The protection of innovation is a key factor to the successful development and commercialization of an innovation project. The Patent Cell created in 2011 by essenscia in partnership with the Federal Public Service Economy is therefore closely related to the essenscia Innovation Award as it intends to boost the protection of intellectual assets in the sector.
For SMEs without a well-defined IP strategy for their innovation projects, the essenscia Patent Cell offers support under the form of free consultancy in collaboration with an external partner. This offer is based on a first come, first served basis and is limited to the 10 first applicants.
To benefit from this support, we invite you to submit your request before February 15, 2022 to: email@example.com