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Techno-College Innovation Award

The Techno-College Innovation award will reopen in 2022

The Techno-College invites surgeons, engineers, innovators, researchers and scientists active in the field of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery to apply for The Techno-College Innovation Award.

We are looking for technological breakthroughs in all areas related to thoracic and cardiovascular research in particular for new surgical methods or devices.  Innovations can be in the form of patents, inventions, new products, ideas or services. The innovations should have the potential to change our standard practice and should go beyond marginal improvements in existing procedures or products.

The finalists will be selected by the New Technology Committee and asked to present their work in the Lion’s Den session at the Annual Meeting.  The session will be organised in a ‘rapid response’ format – 2 minutes presentation (4 slides) with 6 minutes of discussion to follow.  The winner will be selected by a judging panel and the assembled audience on site.

The Award is €5,000.

Submissions should be submitted using the PowerPoint template according to the following instructions:

It is mandatory to use the PowerPoint template that EACTS provides (template coming soon) Only this template is accepted!

  • A maximum of 7 slides is allowed covering the following:
    • Title and a brief description of the innovation
    • Explanation of what the innovation is seeking to address
    • What is noteworthy/novel about the innovation
    • Further detail concerning the innovation  (how could it potentially impact the practice of cardiovascular surgery; how does it go beyond marginal improvements on something that already exists)
    • List any patents, copyright, publications or references with recognised arbiters of the innovation

Describe any practical results achieved to date – ie., sales, profits, users, citations etc.