Northern life sciences sector celebrates excellence at the 15th annual Bionow awardsNorthern life sciences sector celebrates excellence at the 15th annual Bionow awards


Northern life sciences sector celebrates excellence at the 15th annual Bionow awards

The North of England’s top achievers in the life science sector were celebrated last night at the 15th annual Bionow awards.

Celebrating the crème-de-la-crème of life sciences talent in the North of England and sponsored by Manchester Science Partnerships, the awards ceremony recognised the biomedical industry’s highest achievers.

Around 400 people attended the gala dinner at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Cheshire. The evening was hosted by comedian and broadcaster Paul Sinha, one of the stars of the ITV quiz The Chase.

The winners included:

Bionow Start Up of the Year Award (sponsored by RSM) - Aptus Clinical

Bionow Healthcare Project of the Year Award (sponsored by TRUSTECH) - Microbiosensor

Bionow Project of the Year Award (sponsored by Waters Corporation) - Cobra Biologics

Bionow Product of the Year Award (sponsored by Innovation Agency) -Magnesium Elektron

Bionow Technical Service Award (sponsored by Appleyard Lees) - Perfectus Biomed

Bionow Business Services Award (sponsored by Skills and Growth Company) - Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network

Bionow Promising Technologist of the Year Award (sponsored by Seqiris) - Bianca Price, University of Manchester

Bionow Investment Deal of the Year Award (sponsored by QIAGEN) - F2G

Bionow Outstanding Contribution Award (sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury) - Professor Alan Boyd

Company of the Year (sponsored by AstraZeneca) - Shield Therapeutics plc

Geoff Davison, chief executive of Bionow, said: “The shortlist for this year’s awards was a who’s who of talent in the northern region and a testament to the strength and depth of the life sciences sector in the North of England.

“It has undoubtedly been a tumultuous year politically, but each and every one of these businesses is making a name for itself on the national and global stage in life sciences innovation, attracting investment and providing solutions which have the potential to be game-changing in the industry.”  

Dr Chris Doherty, managing director of Alderley Park, the UK’s largest dedicated life science campus, which is part of Manchester Science Partnerships said: “We are delighted to support these important awards. The biomedical sector is undoubtedly one of the Northern Powerhouse’s key strengths, developing knowledge, creating high-value skilled jobs and attracting investment.

“The region already has a reputation for world-class science innovations and with businesses like these at the vanguard of the industry, we are confident that the sector will continue to go from strength-to-strength, next year and beyond.”

A not-for-profit membership organisation, Bionow supports the North of England’s burgeoning life sciences sector, which currently includes some 1,000 science and healthcare companies with a combined turnover of around £10.9bn.

Its member base includes start-ups and spin-outs as well as well-established businesses. The services it offers to firms include dedicated business support programmes, shared procurement schemes and recruitment and training support.


(Left to right) Anne Dornan, MSP; Keith Miller Life Science Sector Specialist at Department for International Trade; Harriet Lewis, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry; Rowena Burns, MSP

Tom Renn, MSP, with Charlie Blundell, C4X, Tony Wetton, Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre, Dr Mike Risley, Premaitha