OBN Awards 2016 –Winners Recognised at Industry Leading Event

Abingdon, UK, 7 October 2016 – OBN Ltd, the membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, are delighted to announce the winners of the prestigious OBN Awards 2016 that were presented last night in front of a sold-out audience of over 250 leaders from Biotech, Medtech and Investment companies at the Town Hall in Oxford.

The Awards, which are in their 8th year, celebrate the best of UK life sciences -outstanding innovation, fundraisers and achievements -underlining the pre-eminence of the UK sector in the global marketplace.

John Harris, CEO of OBN, said: “We are thrilled with the high quality of nominees this year which made picking just one winner in each category very difficult. We work hard to keep the awards fresh and have introduced several new categories this year to reflect industry trends. The turn-out and support we’ve received is a true reflection of how buoyant our industry is and I would like to thank our sponsors for helping us make the OBN Awards the success it is today.”

The winners are:

Best Start-up Biotech Company Award, Sponsored by Penningtons Manches
Winner: OxStem – for its disruptive approach to the field of regenerative medicine

Best Emerging Biotech Company Award, Sponsored by Covance
Winner: Mereo BioPharma Group – for extraordinary progress in the development of products focused on rare and specialty disease areas

Best Established Biotech Company Award, Sponsored by Premier Research
Winner: Heptares Therapeutics, for their outstanding partnering deals, impressive product pipeline and industry leading technology

Best Start-up Medtech Company Award, Sponsored by JA Kemp
Winner: Oxular (formerly Precision Ocular), for making great progress in their strategy to develop novel therapeutics and drug delivery systems to treat retinal disease

Best Emerging Medtech Company Award, Sponsored by World Courier
Winner: Edinburgh Molecular Imaging, for the rapid discovery and clinical development of their optical imaging “SMART Agents”

Best Established Medtech Company Award, Sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher
Winner: Oxford Nanopore Technologies, for developing the world’s first and only nanopore DNA sequencer

Best Emerging UK Synthetic Biotech Company Award, Sponsored by SynbiCITE
Winner: Touchlight Genetics, for developing an innovative, in vitro dual enzyme process that produces DNA at commercial scale and quality

Best Implementation of Digital Healthcare Award, Sponsored by EY
Winner: Congenica, for its cloud-based technology that supports whole genome analysis from a single DNA test 2

Best UK Life Sciences Incubator Award, Sponsored by James Cowper Kreston
Winner: BioHub at Alderley Park, for running an excellent BioHub that has supported 188 companies and over 600 people resulting in 49 Virtual Companies and 10 Physical Companies

Highest Impact Investor Award, Sponsored by N+1 SINGER
Winner: Mercia Technologies, for focusing on the creation, funding and scaling of early stage, innovative technology businesses with high growth, global potential from the UK regions

Best Public-Private Collaboration Award, Sponsored by Oxford AHSN
Winner: The Structural Genomics Consortium

Outstanding Achievement Award
Winner: Oxford Nanopore Technologies, for being extremely disruptive in their field and setting an excellent example to the industry

Special Recognition Award
Winner: Neil Woodford CBE, Founding Partner and Head of Investment, Woodford Investment Management


Jane O’Driscoll, Head of Events; Email: jane.odriscoll@obn.org.uk
For picture requests: Stephen Barton, Communications Manager; Email: Stephen.barton@obn.org.uk

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Sylvie Berrebi, Director; Email: Sylvie.berrebi@citigatedr.co.uk

About the OBN Annual Awardswww.obn-awards.com

The OBN Awards, now in their 8th year, celebrate innovation and achievement across the UK life sciences Industry. We are proud that the awards remain independent with categories that cover Biotech, Medtech, Synthetic Biology and Digital Health and recognise achievements from emerging to late stage R&D companies to large pharma and life sciences investors.

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