Federal President Joachim Gauck awards the 2015 Deutscher Zukunftspreis

This evening, the Federal President Joachim Gauck awarded the 2015 Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the Federal President’s award for technology and innovation, to the team and project “A relief for heart and lung – from nitroglycerin to innovative therapies”.

Prof. Ardeschir Ghofrani, University Clinic Giessen, Dr. Reiner Frey and Prof Johannes-Peter Stasch, both from Bayer Pharma AG, Wuppertal, have discovered and developed treatment for two forms of pulmonary hypertension. Research on the innovative mechanism of action, Riociguat, is based on the findings of 130 years of treating angina pectoris with nitroglycerin. The innovative drug can considerably improve the critically-ill patient’s quality of life – for some, this drug from Germany is the first drug therapy ever available.

In the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the Federal President honors outstanding achievements in technology, engineering and natural science that have resulted in marketable, ready-for-use products. The prize was awarded this year for the 19th time and is endowed with € 250,000.

Further nominees for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis and accepted by the jury into the “circle of the best” were Ralf Bornefeld, Dr. Walter Hartner and Dr. Rudolf Lachner, Infineon Technologies AG, Munich and Regensburg, with the project “Car radar technology – a lifesaver goes into series production” 
as well as
Peter Sander, Prof. Claus Emmelmann, Frank Herzog, Airbus Operations GmbH, Hamburg, LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH, Hamburg, Concept Laser GmbH, Lichtenfels, with their joint development on “3D printing in commercial aircraft engineering – A manufacturing revolution is taking off.“
Federal President Joachim Gauck honored their achievements with the conferring of a certificate.

Overcome limitations – a topic Federal President Joachim Gauck discussed with Daniel Hope, world-renowned musician, author, and multimedia artist and recent recipient of the European Award for Culture. Daniel Hope pursues more than just his original profession of music; he also intensively studies the conditions and contexts that culminate in creativity and excellence. Consequently, he is currently studying the violin and its myths and legends, the origin of his instrument and thus of his art. An exciting study also of the changes which globalization and digitalization generate in society and thus in relation to science and art.

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