Inasmet-Tecnalia, a technology centre located in the San Sebastian Technology Park, has been awarded the “Stamp of Innovation 2009” First Prize in the R&D Infrastructure category, in recognition of its work with a significant amount of companies and its capacity for generating technologies. It focuses its activity on R&D&i development of materials, their transformation processes and environmental adaptation.
In the same R&D Infrastructure category, the Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, a technology centre located in the Vizcaya Technology Park, has been awarded the “Stamp of Innovation 2009” Second Prize for its prestigious activity within the sphere of research and development in the agricultural stockbreeding, forestry and environmental sciences. Neiker-Tecnalia is devoted to plant production and protection, biotechnology, animal production and health, ecosystems and eco-technologies, and agri-foodstuff and environmental analyses.
Enerlim Albia has been awarded a “Stamp of Innovation 2009” Second Prize in the Best Company category, in recognition of its work within the sphere of business collaboration. In recent years, Enerlim Albia, a company from the Energy and Environment sector located in the Vizcaya Technology Park, has developed a new Vertical Shaft Mini Wind Turbine system and has signed marketing agreements for the product with France, Germany, Colombia and Argentina. It has also promoted the creation of a production company, which it has signed a collaboration and technology transfer agreement with.
With the backing of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the “Stamp of Innovation 2009” Award is the Asociación de Parques Científicos y Tecnológicos de España’s (APTE – Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain), recognition of the collaboration between R&D companies and infrastructures, which results in commercial relations with a significant innovating component. On the one hand, awards are given to R&D infrastructure located in a Technology Park that has developed a large amount of applications for the business fabric. On the other, they are given to companies in a Technology Park that have established the most amount of collaborations with R&D infrastructures in and out of the parks, that have led to the incorporation of their developments in the company’s activity. Therefore, both the development of applicable knowledge and private investment in R&D are positively assessed.