Nominate candidates for the Innovation Prize Hjärnäpplet 2021
Nominate your candidate between 22 March and 25 April 2021. All Uppsala university employees may nominate and contribute to the process of appointing this year's winner of the Uppsala University Innovation Prize - Hjärnäpplet.
Take the opportunity to nominate a colleague who has developed, or significantly contributed to the development of, new or improved ways of working, methods, services or products that create value for people and society. The innovation(s) resulting from his/her research may have occured in a new company and/or existing company/organisation.
How to nominate
Nominate through this online form. You can make multiple nominations.
Recipients of Uppsala University’s Innovation Prize:
2020: Sara Mangsbo
2019: Helena Danielson
2018: Håkan Engqvist
2017: Hans Lennernäs
2016: Maria Strømme
2015: Lars Wallentin och Stefan James
2014: Mats Leijon
2013: Ulf Landegren
2012: Fredrik Bruhn
2011: Axel Lundvall och Fredrik Nikolajeff
2010: Stefan Johansson
2009: Lars Stolt
2008: Claes-Göran Granqvist
For more information or if you have further questions, please contact: Malin Graffner Nordberg, Head of group at UU Innovation, email@example.com.
Updates and stories
UU Innovation launches new credit-bearing course
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First Attractive Innovation Projects of the year
Barely one quarter into 2023 and five projects have been awarded the Attractive Innovation Project Award by UU Innovation after significant progress on the path from idea to innovation. The promising innovations include rapid diagnostics for respiratory diseases, tools for innovation in organisations, and new radiotherapy for a currently incurable cancer.
Summer job led to starting a business
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Support provided greater confidence for commercialisation
Marcus Wanselius began his doctoral project with a single goal – a finished dissertation. But once he had promising results in hand, he realised there could be more to it. He is now packaging his method for sale to the pharmaceutical industry.
Start-ups from Uppsala University on inspirational trip to the US
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Get publicity for your research
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Five innovation projects receive awards
With the award Attractive Innovation Project, UU Innovation recognises researchers and students who have taken great steps towards translating ideas and research results into innovation and societal benefits. UU Innovation announces five new award winners of 2022.
Desire to experiment provides starting point for new virus test
An enthusiastic researcher, a lab experiment that was actually supposed to go wrong, and dedicated innovation support. That is the recipe for how a new rapid test for diagnosing respiratory diseases could see the light of day.
Aiming to improve the quality of care
Max Schoenberg went all out to get into the Master's programme in Entrepreneurship at Uppsala University. And it was in Uppsala that he found the inspiration and support to dare to go for his idea. Now he is building a team to realise his vision of a solution for quality monitoring in healthcare.
The researcher chose entrepreneurship
Most people do not go into academia because they want to become entrepreneurs. Neither did Emil Rosén, but the idea he developed during his doctoral studies was too promising to resist.
“It's not that dramatic. More than anything, I'm a problem solver.”
Several innovation companies from Uppsala University on prestigious list
Each year, Sweden’s Ny Teknik magazine presents a list of the top 33 young tech companies in Sweden that are judged to be a leader of the future, and each year the innovative potential at Uppsala University is reflected in the list. This year’s top 33 list includes six innovation companies linked to research and education at the University.
New Attractive Innovation Project Award winners announced
From an app that makes life easier for doctors to a new technique for cleaning the air inside vehicles, UU Innovation has announced four new winners of the Attractive Innovation Project Award among staff and students at Uppsala University.
Apply for a spot in the UU Innovation Mentor Programme
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Strong team drives development of new eye disease treatment
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UU Innovation Mentor Programme provides additional support to ten researchers
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The UU Innovation team grows stronger
Hello, Mathias Blob! As of 1 September 2022, you are a business advisor at UU Innovation.
Breathing new life into orchids
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Hjärnäpplet award goes to Johan Elf and Özden Baltekin
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Popular 18th-century medicine in a new form
Hello to Nils-Otto Ahnfelt, PhD pharmacist and visiting researcher at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences. Together with the historian of science Hjalmar Fors, you have developed a reconstruction of the 300-year-old medicine Hjärnes Testamente in the form of a bitter schnapps. How did you come up with the idea of recreating an 18th-century medicine?
“I want the method to be utilised, not stored in a drawer”
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New approach to reduce shoplifting
Adib Ahrari and Ali Jumaa have started the company Datana together with five fellow students from Uppsala University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. They aim to reduce thefts from shops using smart technology that helps store staff to work preventively.
New chemical biology method aims at more specific disease diagnoses
Are there more effective ways to detect diseases in biological samples than the standard ones today? A new method developed at Uppsala University seems promising. Daniel Globisch, an associate professor and former SciLifeLab fellow at Uppsala University, believes his method will be a tool for future clinical use.
How innovation from Uppsala University can reduce antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Treating severe infections with a combination of antibiotics has long been standard practice in Swedish medicine. Despite this, at present there is no clinical test to prove how well it actually works. Researcher Nikos Fatsis-Kavalopoulos wants to change that.
She is creating brilliant chances for cancer patients
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Collecting recipes and the stories behind them
Historical recipes and cookbooks abound to teach us about past foods and dietary. Less is known about the people who actually wrote them. A historical documentation project based in Uppsala University is trying to change that.
In the head of a business advisor
Hello there Susanne and Ingrid, business advisors at Uppsala University, who work in the field of utilisation and play a supportive role with both students and researchers.
Honoured for progress from idea to innovation
UU Innovation recognises research-based innovation projects that have engaged funders, investors and customers for further development and exploitation. Six new projects have been honoured with the Attractive Innovation Project award.
Eight Uppsala University research projects on IVA 100 List
The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has announced its 100 List 2022. The theme for the list is technology in the service of humankind and the chosen projects are all deemed to be ready for utilisation in the immediate future. Eight of the 70 projects on the list are being conducted at Uppsala University.
Uppsala researcher honoured as innovative entrepreneur
Anders Ajaxon Persson, a researcher in space technology at Uppsala University and co-founder of the company Fourth State Systems, is one of the ten innovative entrepreneurs in Sweden to be awarded the ÅForsk Entrepreneurial Grant for 2022. He is being recognised for his drive to equip the healthcare sector with a new solution for monitoring the health of premature babies.
Successful matching in UU Innovation’s mentor programme
The UU Innovation’s mentor programme offers extra support for those looking to develop an idea towards innovation. The application deadline for the autumn semester is 30 April. One of the researchers currently in the programme is Daniel Camsund, who has a technical idea that could speed up the development of biologic drugs.
Frida Henningson Johnson joins the team at UU Innovation
Research, innovation and communication are close to her heart. Frida Henningson Johnson has now switched back to academia after several years in the business world, joining the UU Innovation team as a new business advisor on 1 April 2022.
Vem formar framtiden? (inspelning)
Se inspelningen från UU Innovations digitala seminarium 8 mars 2022 om inkluderande innovation, som nu finns tillgänglig med undertexter på både svenska och engelska.
Mentor as a sounding board for utilisation
Hello there Liza Löf, researcher at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. You are one of the researchers participating in the UU Innovation mentor programme, which is once again open for applications. What do you consider the best thing about the programme?
Sight set on new treatment for COVID-19
Hello there… Jens Carlsson, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and one of the researchers behind a promising new molecule for a drug to combat coronavirus.
Hjärnäpplet - an innovation prize with many dimensions
The “Hjärnäpplet” Innovation Prize was first developed to reward materials researchers with sustainable business ideas. Now it rewards all kinds of innovation at Uppsala University, and does so with plenty of built-in symbolism. Former researcher Richard Karmhag is responsible for the design.
UU Innovation Mentor Programme open for application
Applications are now being accepted for the UU Innovation Mentor Programme for doctoral students and researchers interested in getting an extra boost in their utilisation projects. Apply by 30 April for the opportunity to be awarded a place in the programme for the autumn semester 2022.
Useful knowledge to realise the value of research results
Three questions to Arindam De Tarafder, PhD student in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology who took UU Innovation’s postgraduate course on intellectual property in research in the fall of 2021. A new round of the course is currently ongoing.
Materials company in Uppsala launches special toothpaste
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Cleaner air on the bus could soon be a reality
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Learn the essentials of intellectual property
The course on intellectual property in research is now open for registration. Learn about useful strategies and practices in this course that is aimed for doctoral students and researchers and provided by UU Innovation in collaboration with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office, PRV.
From medical genetics to Russian studies - 14 researchers join UU Innovation's mentor program
The UU Innovation mentor program of spring 2022 is now up and running. At the kick off on 24 January, all participating researchers met their mentors on Zoom, marking the beginning of a six-month collaboration.
Get publicity for your research
Increase the publicity around your research, your contacts with the business community and the innovation readiness of your research results. Apply to IVA's 100 list 2022.
Apply for ÅForsk’s Entrepreneurial Scholarship 2022
ÅForsk’s Entrepreneurial Scholarship is for entrepreneurs who are connected to a university environment, either as a student, a doctoral student, a researcher or as teacher. Sweden's 10 most innovative entrepreneurs will be awarded SEK 200,000 each. The application period is open.
Learn how to successfully plan for research impact
Impact Planning Canvas is a tool for identifying the possible impact and planning for how you can achieve it in the best way. In January and February, UU Innovation will host a workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn about the tool, and also apply it to your own project.
New technology detects rare mutations
Fast, sensitive, and reliable technology for detecting rare mutations. This is the invention behind Rarity Bioscience, a spin-out company from Uppsala University.
Patent protection creates opportunities
Hello there Ana Belen Iglesias Gonzalez, PhD student at the Department of Neuroscience, who recently filed a patent application for a new type of box for handling test tubes.
They want to develop healthcare from within
No more piles of papers for rounds and decisions in healthcare. That is the goal of RoundBit, a company founded by two doctors who see the need to develop healthcare from within.
Innovation prize awarded to Uppsala student
Hello there… Mamduh Halawa, a student in the Psychology Programme at Uppsala University, who developed the Zeeds app and is now being honoured with the “SKAPA-talang” innovation award for young innovators in the national finals.
The UU Innovation team grows stronger with new business advisor
As of 1 November, Ingrid Ajaxon is the new business advisor at UU Innovation. She joins the team from Uppsala-based Disruptive Materials, which brought the groundbreaking material Upsalite to market.
More people want to test their ideas
This year’s new initiative at UU Innovation has paid off. The number of ideas submitted by researchers and doctoral students this year reached the same level as 2020 as a whole – after just the first nine months. The previous year’s skewed influx of ideas has been straightened out, and a larger number of women are among the idea owners seeking support to test the potential of their ideas.