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2017 Gran Prize: huge step in human healing and fight against cancer

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Budapest, 30 May, 2017.

2017 Gran Prize: huge  step in human healing and fight against cancer


„GRAN PRIZE” Interdisciplinary Award 

As an active player of the Hungarian economy and society and good corporate citizens both the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and its members devote significant resources for charity purposes every year. 
Five years ago the Chamber has taken the decision to establish an award to 
honour those working on outstanding solutions to the most urgent and crucial challenges facing the planet today, in the field of environmental protection, sustainable development, human rights, medicine, health protection and development and education yearly once. The GRAN PRIZE awarding committee contents of 3 SCCH Board members and invited renowned experts and leaders within the field of environmental protection, sustainable development, medicine, education, economy and media who bring a high level of professionalism to the Gran Prize with their nominations and participation in the judging panel. The committee nominates and selects the winner of the prize. 

GRAN in Swedish language means pine, refers to the sustainable and environment-conscious aspects of the prize. GRAN PRIZE is open to everyone, in compliance with the Swedish consensus-based thinking and intention of Swedish - Hungarian co-operation.
The award is available for individuals, groups, companies, associations, institutions or students, student groups.
SCCH separates an amount of HUF 5 million from its share capital and offers yearly interest of this amount for establishment of the GRAN PRIZE, inviting other conscious decision-makers, individuals to donate the prize as well.

GRAN PRIZE Award Ceremony the GRAN GALA on 30 May, 2017, was dedicated to the memory of Carl von Linné, a Swedish naturalist, one of the most appreciated scientists in Europe. 

"The Members of Gran Prize Board of Judges themselves make their own efforts to achieve aim of the award, to improve the quality of human life in our society “- said Mr. János Takács, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber at the Gran Gala in Gundel. The Chamber expressed its deepest gratitude to the Supporters, ERICSSON and SIGMA TECHNOLOGY for their generous support and cooperation.

Evaluation criteria of the AWARD :
- Novelty ( innovation, original idea ) 
- Social responsibility 
- Sustainable thinking 
- Environmental care 
- Economic potential 
- Technological aspect 
- Interdisciplinary approach

BOARD OF JUDGES

Richárd Bogdán – Mensa HungarIQa, President 
Ildikó B. Csejtei – Independent Media Group, Managing Director
János Dürr – Club of Hungarian Science Journalists, President
Dr. Szabolcs Farkas – Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, Vice-President
Rita Istiván – Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, Secretary General
Roland Jakab – Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary Member of the Board, Ericsson Hungary, Managing Director
Melinda Kamasz – Figyelő, Deputy Editor in Chief, Figyelő Trend, Editor in Chief
Ernő Keszei – Eötvös Loránd University, Former -Rector for Science, Research and Innovation
József Péter Martin – Transparency International Hungary, Managing Director
Dr. Bertalan Meskó – Winner of the GRAN PRIZE 2013, medical futurist, founder of Webicina
Dr. Mária Judit Molnár – Semmelweis University, Former Vice-rector
Nagy György – Sigma Technology, Managing Director
Balázs Nagy Lantos – Mensa HungarIQa, Former President
Dr. Edit Németh – assistant lecturer, deputy head of department, Department of Ergonomics and Psychology, Former Vice-Dean, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Dr. Gyula Patkó – University of Miskolc, Former Rector
István Salgó – Business Council for Sustainable Development- Honorary President
Dr. Ágnes Soós – National Institute for Sports Medicine, Director General
Dr. Gábor Szabó – University of Szeged, Rector, Hungarian Association for Innovation, President
Péter Szauer – HVG, President and Chief Executive Officer
János Takács – Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, President


The shortlisted projects selected during the evaluation process were invited to personal interviews.

The GRAN PRIZE sculpture is an art-piece created by Swedish artist Ann Lundin and Hungarian artist Károly Szász, made of pebble and glass with a pine relief on its top, the amalgam of a timeless survivor with Human touch on innovation. The each year statue should be different but in series of pebble and glass with a GRAN pine relief!
As part of the prize, the awardee received as a token appreciation, a Swedish pine tree, CITRUS ATLANTICUS from the Folly Arboretum founded in 1878, to be planted at the awardee’s alma mater.


The Board this year has been selected the winner satisfying all criteria of the AWARD.

Dr András Guttman and his team, the Winner of the 2017 Gran Prize of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, for their advancements in Translational Glycomics, especially for their research achievements and development of a circulation cancer cell capture device.
The MTA-PE Translational Glycomics Project has been established in the framework of the Lendulet III program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences helping the research and development of a special circulating cancer cell capture device that will improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Dr Guttman also leads the application efforts at SCIEX in Brea, California.

The MTA-PE Translational Glycomics team presented outstandingly social responsible attitude and strong commitment to provide a solution to prevent metastatic cancer for the people who need it. By awarding him and his development team with this award, 

SWEDISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HUNGARY

Was established in Budapest on October 27th, 1995. The initiative was taken by a number of Swedish companies in Hungary together with the Swedish Trade Council and the Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken in response to the expanding economic and commercial relations between Hungary and Sweden. 

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary is a non-profit, non-political organisation, a leading voice of the Swedish businesses in Hungary. 

The general purpose of the Chamber is to promote and contribute to the development of trade and business relations and business related initiatives and activities between Hungary and Sweden, to support the business interests of its members. Our task is to stimulate mutual co-operation and friendship between Hungary and Sweden, to encourage trade investments and economic developments and to help our member’s monitor, understand and influence procedures within the Hungarian business community. 


SWEDISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HINGARY 
Figures and Facts: ( based on 2015 data )

Members ( Ordinary, Associated and Honorary ) : 86 
The number of direct employees: more than 10,000 people
Registered capital: EUR 220 million
1995-2013 investment: over EUR 1 billion
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 
Rita Istiván Secretary General of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, Member of the Gran Prize Board of Judges Phone.: + 36 30 9708 433 
mail: swedishchamber@swedishchamber.hu


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