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Starting signal for the Wittenstein Biointelligence Award

Wittenstein Foundation cooperates with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation


The Wittenstein Biointelligence Award, sponsored by the Wittenstein Foundation, will be presented for the first time on October 22 at the Stuttgart Biointelligence Congress 2024 hosted by Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart City Hall. Outstanding innovations from the fields of biotechnology and information technology will be recognized with prize money of 20,000 euros for companies and 5000 euros for individuals. The deadline for applications is June 30.


Biointelligence is one of the critical innovation pathways for sustainable renewal of manufacturing value added. Dr. Manfred Wittenstein, initiator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wittenstein Foundation, is convinced that “In the future, biointelligent concepts, productions and systems will have a decisive influence on the prosperity both of Baden-Württemberg and of Germany as a whole”. It was this view of the world that persuaded him to sponsor the Biointelligence Award with a total of 25,000 euros: “The Wittenstein Foundation’s involvement here is founded on the belief that biointelligent systems have the potential to resolve today’s impossibilities and conflicting goals”.

Interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches wanted

The award recognizes innovative approaches at the interface of life sciences, engineering and information technology. Individuals and companies whose interdisciplinary approaches effectively combine information technology, production technology and biotechnology are invited to participate. Apart from the degree of innovation and practical implementation in industry, sustainability will play a weighting role in the decision by the five-member jury, which will be composed as follows:  Dr. Benedikt Hofmann, Chief Generating Officer of WITTENSTEIN SE, Professor Barbara Lieder, Head of the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Hohenheim, Professor Thomas Bauernhansl, Director of the Institute for Industrial Manufacturing and Factory Operation (IFF) at the University of Stuttgart and Director of Fraunhofer IPA, Adrian Thoma, Managing Director of Gründermotor, and Olaf Koch, Partner at Zintinus GmbH. The solutions submitted should have a clear impact on the sustainability of the production process, for example by reducing the carbon footprint, promoting renewable energies, eliminating waste or improving the environmental balance. “At a time when demand for innovative solutions to complex challenges is steadily increasing, we’re paving the way for a new solution space”, said Robert Miehe, Director of the Centre for Biointelligent Production at Fraunhofer IPA.

Award ceremony as part of the Biointelligence Congress

The Wittenstein Biointelligence Award will be presented for the first time this year. The award ceremony will take place on October 22, 2024 as part of the Stuttgart Bointelligence Congress in Stuttgart City Hall. The 2nd Biointelligence Congress, which is set to be staged this fall, will provide experts from research, industry and startups with opportunities to exchange ideas and engage in networking. One of the main highlights at the upcoming congress will be a presentation of the findings of the International Benchmark Biointelligence study, or InBenBio for short. In addition, researchers from the fields of medicine, nutrition, production and architecture will speak about biointelligence in their respective areas of work. The dialog will focus on the latest advances in biointelligent research as well as an introduction to key projects.

For more information on the agenda for the event and details of how to register, go to

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The title picture shows an abstract representation of nerve cells, also known as neurons, growing on hexagonal electrodes. It symbolizes the interface between biological processes and an information technology system.  


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