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Leverkusen, March 7, 2019 – The Bayer Cares Foundation recently presented the 2018 Aspirin Social Innovation Awards to five international initiatives for their groundbreaking ideas in the fields of healthcare and nutrition. The award-winners are all impact pioneers whose concepts have the potential to bring about sustainable, systematic changes to thus improve the living conditions of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
From 25 nominations the following four initiatives were selected by the expert jury: DeepDee (Belarus) for a smartphone-based eye screening device; SEEKEWA (Ivory Coast) for a crowdfunding investment platform for smallholders; Elixier AI (UK) for an intelligent pregnancy monitoring device; and Timless (USA) for an AI-based app to support Alzheimer’s patients. Besides these five awards, there were also one special prize: The winner of the Special China Award, the StarFarmer initiative, with its project to improve the quality of contaminated farmland soil through earthworm-based biotechnology. Each award-winner receives EUR 20,000 in prize money to further enhance the impact of their ideas. Brief summaries of the award-winning organizations can be found here: 2018 ASINA Winners_Project List.
The Aspirin Social Innovation Award is an international excellence prize for social-impact entrepreneurs and pioneers whose innovations help to improve healthcare or combat hunger. Since 2010, 39 organizations have been selected and supported with around EUR 650,000. Their innovations have the potential to sustainably improve the lives of billions of people. The 2019 Aspirin Social Innovation Awards will be announced next November.
Bayer Cares Foundation
As the social impact foundation of the innovation company Bayer, the Bayer Cares Foundation sees itself as initiator, promoter and partner for innovation at the interface between academia, industry and civil society. The programs are focused on people – their commitment to societal progress, their wealth of ideas in fulfilling social challenges, and those that arise in times of emergency. The foundation’s funding activities are a central element of Bayer’s global corporate societal engagement (CSE) of around EUR 50 million annually – with the focus on research and social innovations in healthcare and nutrition.
You can find out more about the Bayer Cares Foundation at www.bayer-foundations.com
Note to journalists:
A list of winners can be found at media.bayer.de
Due to a technical manipulation, there will be no public voting winner.
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