The winners of the 3rd edition of the Open Innovative PMI Award


On 14 November 2019 the prize-giving ceremony of the Open Innovative PMI Award was held in Rome. The initiative was devised by Grant Thornton and is aimed at rewarding Italian innovative SMEs. The 3rd edition of the Observatory on Innovative SMEs Report – by Grant Thornton in collaboration with the University of Pisa – analysing the situation of Italian innovative SMEs, was also presented during the event.

The winners of the third edition are:

  • Xnext S.r.l. for the category “Research & Technology” – Milan – Spectroscopic technology and quality control

The company deals with the development and industrial application of XSPECTRA, an own patented technology based on X-ray spectroscopic analysis which allows a real time inspection of industrially manufactured products, detecting contaminants and defects. This technology has applications in various industries: from food & beverage, to the pharmaceutical sector, from baggage security screening to waste recycling. The machines based on this technology allow to replace destructive testing carried out in laboratories by taking and examining products samples.

  • Genomix4life S.r.l. for the category “Women entrepreneurs” – Salerno- Biotechnologies and healthcare

Genomix4Life S.r.l., a spin-off of “Università degli Studi di Salerno” provides structural and functional genomics, bioinformatics and data storage. The main purpose of the company is the development of new diagnostic tools in the oncological field, by promoting innovation in functional genomics and bioinformatics, and defining therapeutic strategies within precision medicine.

  • Osai A.S. S.p.A. for the category “Joint stock companies” – Torino- Design and construction of industrial robots

The company operates in the field of automation for industrial processes. In addition to the Italian headquarter, the company has three subsidiaries in Germany, China and the US. The solutions provided are based of standard systems or on special machines for the assembly and testing of high-tech components for the semiconductor, automotive and electronic manufacturing industries.



The third edition of the Open Innovative PMI award rolls out now. This is the first national award exclusively dedicated to innovative SMEs and is devised and organised by Bernoni Grant Thornton.

The award is aimed at monitoring, promoting and fostering best Italian innovation, by giving greater visibility to businesses with a high potential to grow.

Applications to the award are free of charge. Only businesses recorded in the dedicated register for Innovative SMEs held at the Italian Chamber of Commerce can submit their applications. SMEs undergoing the registration process can also apply – provided that on October 22, 2019 they meet all the requirements requested by the Law to be considered Innovative.

Applications open from September 2, 2019!

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All applications will be submitted to an independent panel of experts made up by representatives of Italian institutions, academia and the business community. The panel will analyse the projects submitted and will select finalists for each of the three categories.

The awarding ceremony will take place on November 14, 2019 at Palazzo Mattei di Giove, in via Michelangelo Caetani 32, the seat of The Center for American Studies in Rome.

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