Spark Award 2017
- for the most promising invention of the year -
On 28 March 2017, ETH Zurich presented the Spark Award 2017, which recognises the most promising invention registered for a patent in 2016.
Winning project: A novel antiviral defense strategy
Innovative treatment method to combat viruses: To date, many drugs have only been effective against individual groups of viruses, and often the efficiency is limited. Sabine Werner, Luigi Maddaluno and Michael Meyer have identified a biological mechanism that makes it possible to treat infections with numerous different viruses. Rather than attacking the virus directly, the mechanism mobilises the body’s immune system. This new approach presumably has fewer side effects and could also be used in the treatment of epidemics.