The start-ups of the incubator 2i3T of the University of Turin are winners of the 14th edition of the National Award Innovation PNI, the most important Italian business plan competition, that this year was hosted by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Modena.

Panoxyvir, the startup that developed the first antiviral nasal spray to prevent and treat common colds, won the prize of the sector LIFE SCIENCES (25.000 Euros) and the National Innovation Award 2016, selected among the awards of 4 sectors: Life Sciences, Cleantech& Energy, ICT and Industrial.

Panoxyvir also won the Special Award UniCredit Start Lab, thus getting the opportunity to attend the Startup Academy, and the Special PrizeSEUA2016 – Startup Europe Awards 2016 – Italy Edition” , assigned by Startup Europe Alliance, thereby getting direct access to the final #SEUA in Bruxelles in 2017, where the best 8 European start-ups will be chosen.

At the same time, the start-up R3 Cube, set up this year at the Incubator 2i3T for the development of an innovative and ecological IoT device for the management of dangerous medical waste produced by small healthcare facilities involving a risk of infection, won the IREN CLEANTECH & ENERGY Prize (25,000 euros) to improve the environmental sustainability of the sector.

Among the top four finishers in the sector of Life Science, there’s also another project from the incubator 2I3T: NIB BIOTEC, for the identification of biomarkers for the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

The commitment of our Incubator on business creation extends to all departments of the University to 360 ° according to a widespread incubation model that builds relationships and synergies for our city and our region – said Silvio Aime, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of 2I3T Research – In the last two years in particular we have expanded our institutional mission of creating culture and entrepreneurial development through projects of higher education and alternation between school and work, and through the development of funded partnerships to attract investment and create jobs for highly skilled labor in the area“.