This award honors particularly innovative medium-sized companies - now for the 28th time. On behalf of compamedia, the organizer of the TOP 100 innovation competition, innovation researcher Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team examined MLL's innovative strength. The researchers used around 120 test criteria from five categories as a basis: Innovation-promoting top management, innovation climate, innovative processes and organization, external orientation/open innovation and innovation success. The core question is whether innovations are the result of a planned approach or a product of chance, i.e., the repeatability of innovation performance. And it is also about whether and how the corresponding solutions succeed on the market. Due to the current situation, this round also included a special section examining the entrepreneurial response to the Corona crisis.

MLL founders and the team of 200 employees are particularly proud of the award this year. "The Corona pandemic presents us all with previously unknown challenges every day. We all had to realize that professional and private plans and goals need a new focus. The fact that we have now once again been honored as a top innovator shows us that we at MLL have taken the right path, even in times of crisis, to serve patients better and maintain our outstanding team," Prof. Dr. Dr. Torsten Haferlach says.

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific director of TOP 100, is impressed by the award-winning medium-sized companies. "The TOP 100 companies have consistently focused on being as innovative as possible," he notes.

On November 26, there will be another reason to celebrate: If circumstances allow all award winners of the current TOP 100 year will come together to receive congratulations from Ranga Yogeshwar at the 7th German SME Summit in Ludwigsburg. The science journalist has been mentoring the innovation competition for ten years.

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