Heart Force Honoured with German Innovation Award Gold Title
26 May 2020
The winners of the third-ever German Innovation Awards were announced. The German Innovation Awards are given out by the German Design Council, which was established in 1953 as an initiative of the German federal parliament.
Heart Force was featured among the winners. The Swiss-Canadian company in the medical technology sector convinced the jury with Cardio Pro, a heart screening device that has received the German Innovation Award “Gold“ title for “Medical & Health” in the “Excellence in Business to Consumer” class of the competition.
Heart Force AG is a Swiss-Canadian start-up in the Digital Health sector. Heart Force has developed a technology that will change the way people detect cardiac disease – the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. The sensor in combination with a mobile app will turn any smartphone into a screening device for the early detection of cardiac disease. By providing a precise and cost effective consumer device to detect cardiac disease, Cardio Pro will be contributing to lower the global mortality rate. Cardio Pro is the world’s first complete heart-screening device for the early detection and prevention of heart disease.
Conclusion from the German Innovation Awards jury:
“According to WHO, cardiovascular diseases are the number 1 cause of deaths worldwide. The problem is that heart diseases show no signs or symptoms in the early stage. Existing diagnostic technologies are expensive and are generally used in patients with symptoms, leaving people without symptoms untreated. For the first time, Cardio Pro offers an affordable and precise measurement method for the early detection of cardiovascular disease that can be completed in less than one minute and can save lives of many people.“
By giving out the German Innovation Awards, the German Design Council honours pioneering examples of innovation that demonstrate a lasting impact and offer added value for the user. A total of 700 entries were received, including from industry giants such as SAP, Evonic, L’ORÉAL,Continental, R+V Allgemeine Versicherung and Schott as well as from hidden champions and startups.
“The submitted innovations are judged with a focus on their user centricity. It is this aspect that differentiates the German Innovation Awards from others,” explains Lutz Dietzold, Managing Director of the German Design Council. “It works particularly well when future users are involved early in the development of the product and design. Many businesses have realised this and rely on corresponding methods to identify genuine customer needs and develop commercially relevant products based on them. Simultaneously, the fusion of analogue and digital innovation is increasingly important to the future success of new developments.”
The German Innovation Awards are presented in the competition’s two classes: “Excellence in Business to Consumer” and “Excellence in Business to Business”. In addition to these, winners are selected for the extra category of “Design Thinking”. There are 40 categories in total as well as the special category of “Design Thinking”, with the jury able to award “Gold”, “Winner” and “Special Mention” distinctions in each of them.
The judging process
The judging criteria for the German Innovation Awards include attributes such as the extent of innovation, user benefit and economic viability. The innovation strategy should consider aspects such as social, environmental and economic sustainability and the use of energy and resources.
Factors such as the potential offered for a location and for employment, product durability, market maturity, technical quality, technical functionality, materials and synergies also play a key role in the judgement process. A jury of high calibre decided on the winners, who comprise physicists, patent agents, computer scientists, finance specialists, product designers, historians of technology and marketers.
“This ensures that we judge individually, neutrally and professionally,” Dietzold stresses.
German Design Council – the award giver
The German Innovation Awards are organised and presented by the German Design Council, which was established by the German federal parliament in 1953 and endowed by the Federation of German Industries. For 66 years now, the foundation has pursued a goal of promoting the competitiveness of German businesses.
With competitions, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and publications, the Council makes a crucial contribution to knowledge transfer on the subjects of design, innovation and branding. The membership of the German Design Council Foundation currently includes more than 320 companies from Germany and abroad, employing over three million people.