Three Polimi designers win the 13th National Innovation Award

Ddpstudio, founded by Alumni Lorenzo de Bartolomeis, Gabriele Diamanti and Filippo Poli, has been awarded the Prize of the Prizes for Hannes, the 'bionic hand'

The Hannes artificial hand is part of a robotic-derived prosthetic system conceived and developed by the joint IIT - INAIL Rehab Technologies laboratory. Today, Politecnico di Milano’s Alumni Lorenzo de Bartolomeis, Gabriele Diamanti and Filippo Poli have received the ‘Premio dei Premi’ (Prize of the Prizes) for Hannes, which is the result of their industrial design work. The team had already won the ADI Innovation Award and the 27th Compasso d'Oro award for industrial design for this same device, which stands out not only for its high level of innovation but also for the beauty and formal balance of its design. Find out more at this link

Through study and hybridisation between various disciplines, the prosthetic hand is characterised by a mix of proportions, postures and ergonomics that make it extremely functional and harmonious with the patient's body. The final design was achieved thanks to a continuous iteration with the technical, clinical and robotic expertise of researchers from Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Centro Protesi; the trial process involved clinicians and patients from the early stages of the project.

The prize giving ceremony was held on 19 December 2023 at CNR (National Research Centre) in Rome, in the presence of Minister for Public Administration Paolo Zangrillo and Minister for Universities and Research Anna Maria Bernini. The National Innovation Award 'Prize of the Prizes' was established by the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of 7 April 2008, by concession of the President of the Italian Republic, at Fondazione COTEC, to celebrate the National Innovation Day. The aim of the Prize is to recognise and highlight each year the innovative capacity of companies, universities, public administrations and individual inventors, also in order to foster the growth of the culture of innovation in Italy.