Global Innovation Award 2016

Global Innovation Award for digital sensing label on packed food

Published June 14, 2016

The winner of Global Innovation Award 2016 goes to Innoscentia AB, represented by Erik Lindberg, for having developed a digital sensing label that can tell and monitor the actual status of packaged food.

The core technology of his product is a sensing ink that reacts to gaseous waste products from bacterial activity. This reaction can be measured electronically and together with exciting solutions for printed electronics decoded into a digital signal.

According to co-founder and COO Erik Lindberg, Innoscentia’s vision is to produce a label that can tell how food is actually feeling and provide the food value chain with increased security and traceability.

The label has the potential to prolong the natural shelf-life of food as well as discover pathogenic outbreaks before they reach retail and the consumer.

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the Global Innovation Award during the first day of the EAT Stockholm Food Forum on June 13th.

Winner Erik Lindberg says he was very happy to receive the news about the award.

“The global food tech scene is growing by the day, the competition for this award must be severe. It makes me extra glad that EAT Stockholm Food Forum and the jury has decided to recognize my innovation work with Innoscentia. Hopefully this award brings us one step closer to contributing to the food industry globally.”

The company has strategic partnerships with several meat producers in Scandinavia as well as future suppliers and distributors of the product.

Lindberg says he and his co-founder Robin Thiberg saw the great potential in commercializing the technology. The duo has from day one worked with market driven product development of the company’s technology, resulting in early traction from the food and packaging industry.

Innoscentia is currently financed by grants from the Swedish Innovation Agency, Vinnova and resources from the market. During the fall of 2016 Innoscentia will have its prototype ready and will also conduct its first external financing round.

The Global Innovation Award is a collaboration between Medicon Village and EAT Foundation. The Jury Chair, Dr. Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, says  they have has received a fantastic range of projects related to innovative ways of, among others, food production, prevention of disease and re-use of good food.

”The jury has found the Innoscentia approach, combining a printable sensor technology (smart package label) in order to detect food status a good combination of several of the GIA criteria. For Medicon Village AB a key theme is to prevent diseases and we believe that this technique can really prevent disease and at the same time not waste food that can be consumed safely. We would like to see this product on the market with a global reach out as quickly as possible,” says Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson.

The Global Innovation Award aims to to honor and encourage initiatives that create a new market or process for sustainable and healthy food products, their production or consumption. The Award also consider the relationship between prevention of chronic disease and food for life long health and wellbeing.

The three finalists have been invited to EAT Stockholm Food Forum, where the winner officially is awarded. The prize of 25 000 USD is donated by The Mats Paulsson Foundation for research, innovation and societal development. The foundation aims to promote scientific research, primarily within medicine and other life sciences, so as to benefit healthcare, development, innovation and societal development.

The Mats Paulsson foundation is the owner of Medicon Village –  a life science village for research, innovation and business for people´s health and wellbeing. Today 1300 people in more than 110 organisations working in pharma, medtech, biotech, nano- and e-health are active at Medicon Village.