Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg for Prof. Dr. h.c. Viktor Dulger
"You have all achieved something extraordinary. Something which is associated only with you and which is therefore unique, in the best sense of the world," said Oettinger in his address to the 27 recipients at the award ceremony.
The Heidelberg-based entrepreneur was the first of five new winners from the Rhine-Neckar region to be honoured in the great hall of Mannheim Palace.
"Prof. Dr. h.c. Viktor Dulger has steered his company, ProMinent, through every crisis and every storm and has supported science, research and culture. An invention is not yet a product. It is only when an inventor turns his "spark of an idea" into knowledge and economic success that the mere idea turns into a company which can change the world, says Viktor Dulger. In this speech Oettinger said: "In spite of the differences in the achievements of the winners, they all have one thing in common: they are all closely associated with Baden-Württemberg. This makes them all ambassadors for Baden-Württemberg."