B&C Private Foundation

2024 Houska Prize Winners

In front of around 400 guests from business and research, the B&C Private Foundation awarded Austria’s top research achievements in three categories for the 19th time at a festive Houska Prize ceremony on April 25, 2024: University Research, Non-University Research and Research & Development in SMEs.


Winners of 2024 Houska Prize

Jürgen Knoblich from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) won the main prize for his research project “Organoid Model of Human Brain Development and Disorders”. Katrin Tiffner from the Joanneum Research convinced the jury in the category Non-University Research with her research achievements on “Dermal Open Microperfusion”. In the Research & Development in SMEs category, Gerald Mitteramskogler from the Viennese company Incus impressed the expert jury and the members of the advisory committee, taking away the golden Houska Prize trophy for “LMM – Metal 3D Printing with Light”.

Mariella-Schurz-Prize for CeMM/ÖAW

The “Feeblin” project by Giulio Superti-Furga and his team from the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) received the Mariella-Schurz-Prize for a new therapeutic approach to autoimmune diseases. This special prize was awarded for the first time in honor of Mariella Schurz, the long-time General Secretary of the B&C Private Foundation. All 15 nominated projects were additionally evaluated by students of the highschool BG/BRG Klosterneuburg. In addition to the specially designed Houska Prize statue, the prize also includes a prize money of 5,000 euros in the form of a voucher.