Innovation of the year

About the ESGE Innovation of the Year Award

Innovation drives progress and ESGE would like to recognize outstanding innovations in the field of endoscopy. With the Innovation of the Year award we are seeking the most inspiring, ground breaking and potentially game changing innovations in endoscopy. Students, physicians, institutes, corporate partners and biomedical companies may submit applications demonstrating how their innovation (new technique, new device) has changed patient management and increased quality standards. The best innovation in two categories is recognized:

Best procedural innovation

Best new device

The winners in each category receive a free registration to ESGE Days 2022.  If they are able to join the congress, their award will be presented live.



November 3, 2021Innovation of the Year Award open for applications
February 1, 2022Applications for Innovation of the Year Award closes
February, 2022Evaluation process
End of February/Early March 2022Notification of results
April 28-30, 2022The awards will be presented at ESGE Days 2022

2022 Winners


Professor Mathieu Pioche

Innovation title: IPEFIX innovative pedal fixator
Category: Best New Device


Dr Mohamed Abdelrahim

Innovation title: WISE VISION® Endoscopy: A Novel Artificial Intelligence System for Computer Assisted Detection and Localisation of Early Barrett’s Neoplasia During Endoscopy
Category: Best Procedural Innovation

Past winners


Main recipientCo-authorsInstitution affiliationInnovation
Vincent HubertyAlexandre Chau
Jacques Deviere
Martin Hiernaux
Loulia Leclercq
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Hôpital Erasme, Gastroenterology Department, Brussels, BelgiumEndomina as a multipurpose platform
Yuichi MoriShin-ei Kudo
Masashi Misawa
Hayato Ito
Kensaku Mori
Digestive Disease Center, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital, JapanEndoBRAIN -Artificial intelligence system that supports optical biopsy of colorectal polyps-


Main recipientCo-authorsInstitution affiliationInnovation
Alexander MeiningNico Hofmann
Chi-Nghia Ho
University Hospital Wuerzburg, GermanyThe Over-The Scope-Grasper
Tomonori YanoEdward J. Despott
Alberto Murino
Nikolaos Lazaridis
Yoshikazu Hayashi
Yoshimasa Miura
Takahito Takezawa
Keijiro Sunada
Hironori Yamamoto
Jichi Medical University, JapanGel immersion endoscopy: An effective innovation for securing the visual field


Main recipientCo-authorsInstitution affiliationInnovation
Carlos Robles-MedrandaRoberto Oleas
Raquel Del Valle
Juan C. Mendez
Juan Alcivar Vasquez
Miguel Puga Tejada
Hannah Pitanga Lukahsok
IECED: Instituto Ecuatoriano de Enfermedades Digestivas, EquadorApplication of Artificial Intelligence For Real-Time Anatomical Recognition During Endoscopic Ultrasound Evaluation: A Pilot Study
François HuberlandRicardo Rio Tinto
Sonia Dugardeyn
Orianne Bastin
Alain Delchambre
Cécilia Delattre
Nicolas Cauche
Jacques Deviere
Daniel Blero
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, BelgiumMAGUS: MAgnetic Gastrointestinal Universal Septotome

Rules and Regulations for the ESGE Innovation of the Year award

To be eligible, the device, accessory, technique must have been launched (or will be launched) between January 2021 and December 2021.

The ESGE Innovation of the Year award is intended to encourage and recognize excellence in contributing to new technique or device to enhancing endoscopic based healthcare. Awards can be given for a project by any individual, or group of individuals, or organization (from private or public sectors).

Persons may submit more than one application.


    • Applications may come from any country, but the project should go beyond national borders in its reach or thinking, and must seek to address global health challenges in innovative ways or through new ideas.


    • Applications must be submitted via the online application form in order to be considered for the award, and shall include:
      a. an abstract of 250 words maximum;
      b. a well-developed description which should not exceed 1,000 words in length. The application should include a description of the device or the technique, the rationale, and should clearly demonstrate how the idea provides a novel contribution for the patient management. Up to three additional supporting items (eg. Photographs or videos) can be added. The maximum file size is 200 MB.


    • Applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered.


    • Applications must be in English.


    • The deadline for applications is February 1, 2022 at 24:00 CET. The results will be announced publicly in conjunction with ESGE Days 2022, which is taking place as a HYBRID event on 28-30 April, 2022 based in Prague.


    • An expert panel will evaluate and attribute a score to each valid application received and selection will be based on the following criteria: a. impact on the future of endoscopic practice b. creativity and c. originality.


    • ESGE reserves the right to disqualify any application from further consideration at any point of the review proceedings.


    • The winner will be notified immediately prior to the public announcement, via the email contact address provided upon application.


    • ESGE reserves the right to oblige any potential winner to provide information such that ESGE might be satisfied with the rigor and integrity of the work, as well as the compliance with international guidelines.


    • ESGE reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations. If the rules and regulations are amended, ESGE will contact those who have already submitted applications and update them with regard to the altered rules.


    • Entry implies acceptance of these rules, and all applicants agree to be bound by them upon submitting an application.


    • ESGE will keep personal details submitted with the application for a reasonable time so that contact can be taken up with potential winners.


    • ESGE will not pass on your personal details to any other organization, with the sole exception of naming the winner(s) and publicizing the winner in accordance with these rules and regulations.


    • The winner(s) agree to have his/her/their name(s) published for promotion purposes along with a description of the winning project, and to be available for media requests including photographs and interviews.


    • All decisions made by the ESGE in relation to the contest are final and no correspondence concerning decisions will be entered into.


    • ESGE is not liable for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part.


    • Members of the ESGE Days 2022 Organizing/Scientific committee and evaluation panel are not eligible to apply.