EpiGuard is the winner of the Oslo Innovation Award 2021

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Published by Oslo Business Region, 29 September 2021

Now entering its 14th year, the prestigious Oslo Innovation Award is a collaboration between the City of Oslo and Innovation Norway and is designed to highlight the city’s most innovative startups.

EpiGuard was selected as winner due to their determination to protect healthcare professionals and patients during treatment and transport. During the pandemic EpiGuard’s product - EpiShuttle, a patient transport isolation unit used during transport of infectious patients on land, at sea and in the air – have been an efficient tool in securing the capacity in the health care systems worldwide.

When the pandemic in India reached all-time high, EpiShuttle was put in use to transport patients to Europe to initiate life-saving treatment. When the health care system in countries such as France and Switzerland were on the verge of breaking down, EpiShuttle played a crucial part when they transported patients to German intensive care units. The last 19 months have showed that EpiGuard develops products that most countries should have in their inventory when preparing for future pandemics and virus threats.

“We have been working day and night to provide our product to healthcare providers around the world. A product that has saved the lives of hundreds of COVID-19 patients and protected thousands of health care professionals from reinfection. This is just the beginning. Our skilled team are working nonstop to develop sustainable and effective products that will solve problems that health care professionals are facing today and will face in the years to come. We are fully committed to be a part of the solution for future health preparedness and to ensure the capacity of the health care system worldwide.” – Ellen Cathrine Andersen, CEO of EpiGuard comments.

The Jury
In total, five shortlisted growth companies were invited to pitch their business to the Award jury: Karen Dolva - CEO & CoFounder of No Isolation, Pal T. Naess - Co-founder and SVP Growth Projects at Gelato, Laila Danielsen - CEO of Elliptic Labs & jury foreperson, Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership at the City of Oslo, Victoria Marie Evensen.

About the Oslo Innovation Award
The Oslo Innovation Award was established in 2008 and will be handed out for the 14th year running during Oslo Innovation Week 2021. This award is a collaboration between the City of Oslo and Innovation Norway and the goal of the Oslo Innovation Award is to showcase the city’s pioneering startups, confirming Oslo’s position as a leading, innovative technology hub. Previous winners include Kahoot, Gelato and Otovo.