Abingdon, UK, 3rd August 2016 / Sciad NewswireOBN Ltd, the membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, today announces the finalists of its 8th Annual Awards covering Biotech, Medtech, Synthetic Biology and Digital Health.  The OBN Awards remain proudly independent, celebrating innovation and achievement across the UK life sciences industry and recognising achievements from emerging to late stage R&D companies as well as life sciences investors.

A judging panel comprising a range of industry experts has been assembled to decide the overall winner in each category, with the winning companies being announced at the OBN Awards Ceremony on Thursday 6th October at the Oxford Town Hall.

John Harris, CEO of OBN, commented: “We are delighted with the great number of quality entries we received this year, in particular the Best Start-Up Biotech, Best Start-Up Medtech and the Best Implementation of Digital Healthcare Award categories.  We are looking forward to celebrating some exciting new businesses and sharing some impressive achievements across the industry at our Awards in October.”


Best Start-up Biotech Company Award:
Kindly sponsored by Penningtons Manches
Freeline Therapeutics

Best Emerging Biotech Company Award:
Kindly Sponsored by Covance
Mereo BioPharma Group
Ziarco Pharma

Best Established Biotech Company Award:
Kindly sponsored by Premier Research
Heptares Therapeutics

Best Start-up Medtech Company Award:
Kindly Sponsored by JA Kemp
Oxford Endovascular
Precision Ocular

Best Emerging Medtech Company Award:
Kindly sponsored by World Courier
Edinburgh Molecular Imaging
Quantum Imaging
Polyphotonix Medical

Best Established Medtech Company Award:
Kindly sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher
Oxford Nanopore
Oxford Immunotec

Best Emerging UK Synthetic Biotech Company Award:
Kindly sponsored by SynbiCITE
Green Biologics
Touchlight Genetics
Chain Biotech

Best Implementation of Digital Healthcare Award:
Kindly sponsored by EY

Best UK Life Sciences Incubator Award:
Kindly sponsored by James Cowper Kreston
BioHub at Alderley Park
Life Sciences Hub Wales
Stevenage Biosciences Catalyst

Highest Impact Investor Award:
Cambridge Enterprise
Imperial Innovations

Individual tickets for the awards on Thursday 6th October are still available, to book please visit www.obn-awards.com


About the OBN Annual Awards

The OBN Awards – The UK’s Independent Awards Celebrating Excellence in Life Sciences Innovation – is a prestigious awards evening celebrating outstanding achievements in the UK life sciences sector over the preceding year.  Attended by over 250 influential industry players, it is the place to network and celebrate with the leading and emerging companies in the sector.

OBN Award Judges
Dr Carolyn Porter – Deputy Head of Technology Transfer – Pharma and Biotech, Oxford University Innovation
Margarita Chavez – Senior Director, Venture Investments, AbbVie Biotech Ventures
Dr. Graeme Martin – President and CEO, Takeda Ventures
Dr. John Collins – Commercial Director, SynbiCITE
Dr. Jenny Laird – Vice-President, Search & Evaluation, Eli Lilly
Chris Winchester – Managing Director, Oxford PharmaGenesis
John Chaddock – VP Neurology and Site Head, Ipsen Bioinnovation
Dr. Jon Rees – Managing Director, Jon Rees Associates

About OBN

OBN is the Membership organisation supporting and bringing together the UK’s emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners and investors. Our 400-plus member companies are located across the Golden Triangle and beyond to Nottingham, Manchester and Scotland and benefit from our networking, partnering, purchasing, advising and advocacy activities. 

Further information about OBN’s tailored networking and partnering events, purchasing consortium, advice, consultancy services and advocacy activities is available on OBN’s website www.obn.org.uk.

For more information, please contact:

For communications: Stephen Barton, Communications Manager, 0845 5049720; Stephen.barton@obn.org.uk
For event enquiries: Jane O’Driscoll, Head of Events, 01235 420 875; jane.odriscoll@obn.org.uk
For sponsorship enquiries: Neil Halliday, Associate Director of Sales, 0845 5049717; neil.halliday@obn.org.uk
For media enquiries:  Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Sylvie Berrebi, 020 7638 9571; sylvie.Berrebi@citigatedr.co.uk

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