Innovation of the year

2021 Winners

ESGE Days 2021 Dr Carlos Robles-Medranda, Ecuador

Dr Carlos Robles-Medranda, Ecuador

Innovation title: Application of Artificial Intelligence For Real-Time Anatomical Recognition During Endoscopic Ultrasound Evaluation: A Pilot Study

Category: Best Procedural Innovation

ESGE Days 2021 Innovation of the year award Dr François Huberland

François Huberland, Belgium

Innovation title: MAGUS:
MAgnetic Gastrointestinal Universal Septotome

Category: Best Device

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


December 15, 2020 Submission portal opens
February 15, 2021 Submission deadline
February 2021 Evaluation process
End of February/ Early March 2021 Notification of results
March 25 - 27, 2021 Watch our short film featuring the winners at ESGE Days 2021

Winners are chosen by a panel of ESGE Days 2021 scientific committee members.

Past Winners


Main recipient Co-authors Institution affiliation Innovation
Vincent Huberty Alexandre Chau
Jacques Deviere
Martin Hiernaux
Loulia Leclercq
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Hôpital Erasme, Gastroenterology Department, Brussels, Belgium Endomina as a multipurpose platform
Yuichi Mori Shin-ei Kudo
Masashi Misawa
Hayato Ito
Kensaku Mori
Digestive Disease Center, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital, Japan EndoBRAIN -Artificial intelligence system that supports optical biopsy of colorectal polyps-


Main recipient Co-authors Institution affiliation Innovation
Alexander Meining Nico Hofmann
Chi-Nghia Ho
University Hospital Wuerzburg, Germany The Over-The Scope-Grasper
Tomonori Yano Edward J. Despott
Alberto Murino
Nikolaos Lazaridis
Yoshikazu Hayashi
Yoshimasa Miura
Takahito Takezawa
Keijiro Sunada
Hironori Yamamoto
Jichi Medical University, Japan Gel immersion endoscopy: An effective innovation for securing the visual field

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 2020 and December 2020.

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 15, 2021 at 24:00 CET, and the results will be announced in March 2021.
  • 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 2021 Organizing/Scientific committee and evaluation panel are not eligible to apply.