Two of the companies, co-founding the first Health & Life Science Cluster in Bulgaria, have received awards at the ‘Innovative Enterprise of the Year’ contest. These are Micar Innovation and Printivo, which are both among the initiators and co-founders of the association, the Cluster stated.
This is the 14th edition of the ‘Innovative Enterprise of the Year’ contest at the initiative of the Applied Research and Communications Foundation and Enterprise Europe Network – Bulgaria with the support of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
‘Micar Innovation’ received the ‘Innovative Start-up Enterprise’ award for 2018. This is the third prestigious award for the company within a year after winning the 2017 Best Biotech Startup Award at the end of 2017 at the CESAwards and the CIDIC Special Award at the European Center for Economic, Academic and Cultural Diplomacy this summer. The latter also helped the company to enter the Roots Analysis Ranking of the 250 Global Companies in the Pharmaceutical Industry. This ranked the Sofia-based company among world-renowned names such as Sanofi, Merk, etc.
The founder of the company, which has created the successful platform for rapid screening and discovery of new drug molecules for preclinical research for a large number of diseases, is Dimitar Dimitrov, who in 2018 became Chairman and founder of the first Health & Life Science Cluster in Bulgaria.
Another founder of the cluster – Printivo, the innovative company for 3D bioprinting of human tissues, was the leader in the ‘Quality of Life’ category. In recent months, the company received a number of awards – it became a national winner and regional finalist at the CESAwards 2018 in Warsaw, and also received the CIDIC Award for the great social importance of the technology it has developed. Printivo is also the winner of BetaPitch Sofia, becoming a finalist at BetaPitch Global in Berlin in 2017.
The company’s creators believe that printing a whole human organ over the next decade is not an utopia. Currently, Printivo’s team is working to create 3D-printed live human bone.
You can learn more about the other enterprises awarded at the ‘Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2018’ national contest here.
The Health & Life Science Cluster was created in 2018 to establish and promote Bulgaria as a global center of innovation in the field of biotechnology and health and life sciences, and to bring together the efforts of specialists, companies, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations in the sector in order to create and transform ideas into new technological products on the market.