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Scottish Life Sciences Awards

Outstanding contribution prize for Sibbald

David SibbaldEntrepreneur David Sibbald (pictured) and drugs firm developer Tom Stratford were among the winners as more than 800 leading players in Scotland’s life sciences sector gathered to celebrate success over the past year.

The sector’s 650 companies, employing 35,000 staff, contribute in excess of £3.5 billion a year to the economy.

Julia Brown, senior director of life and chemical sciences at Scottish Enterprise said: “Congratulations to this year’s winners. The quality of the finalists and winners were outstanding and is testament to the strength of the skills pool that makes up the Scottish life sciences industry.”

The winners:

Life Sciences Business Leadership 

Dr Tom Stratford, CEO, ProStrakan Group plc – since being appointed chief executive of ProStrakan in 2011, following its acquisition by Japan-based Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Dr Stratford has led the business to become a significant contributor not only to KHK’s success, but to the Scottish economy, the Scottish life sciences sector and to the wellbeing of patients internationally.

Life Sciences Entrepreneurial Business Leadership

Prof Martin Tangney & Mark Simmers, Celtic Renewables – Prof Tangey is an internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production, particularly biobutanol.  Mr Simmers is an entrepreneur and commercialisation specialist with over 20 years of international experience in sales, marketing and business development.

Investment of the Year 

Novabiotics – a clinical-stage biotechnology company founded in Aberdeen in 2004 by Dr Deborah O’Neil, an immunologist from Rowett Research Services in Aberdeen with expertise in the field of natural antimicrobials. The company, employing 13 full time and two part time staff, is involved in the design and development of antifungal and antibacterial therapeutics.

Innovation Award

Ripptide Pharma – Ripptide has been formed by the collaboration of two leading academic groups, those of Professor Jim Naismith, University of St Andrews, and Professor Marcel Jaspars, University of Aberdeen, both in Scotland.

Innovative Collaboration

Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling in collaboration with Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Marine Harvest Scotland, Scottish Sea Farms and Biomar

A consortium was established in 2012 bringing together leading UK wrasse researchers at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, world-leading salmon producers Marine Harvest Scotland and Scottish Seafarms (together representing more than 60% of Scottish salmon production), and feed manufacturer BioMar. The main goal was to develop the knowledge, protocols and capacity required to close the life cycle, and for the first time produce domesticated, disease-free farmed wrasse.

Community Engagement

Easter Bush Campus – the Easter Bush Campus houses The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The Roslin Institute (both part of The University of Edinburgh) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), bringing together the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe. There are approximately 2000 researchers, clinicians, students and support staff (referred to collectively as ‘staff’ in the remainder of the document) working on the Campus, with further growth and expansion expected over the next 5 years.

Export & International Trade

Vascutek – is widely recognised as an innovative company with over 700 employees in one location, Inchinnan in Renfrewshire, competing with these major corporations and succeeding in punching well above its weight. During the year they exported to 80 countries which, represents 91% of global sales revenue in the year ending March 2015.

Outstanding Contribution to Life Sciences in Scotland

David Sibbald, Aridhia – the co-founder and chairman of Aridhia, one of Scotland’s foremost life sciences companies. Aridhia is dedicated to developing world-leading technology and capability that support the management of chronic diseases and accelerate the translation of precision medicine and biomedical research into clinical practice.

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