Shining lights of Northern life sciences shortlisted for Bionow Awards



Shining lights of Northern life sciences shortlisted for Bionow Awards

The leading scientists and pioneering entrepreneurs driving the growth of the North of England’s £11bn life science sector have been recognised with the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Bionow Awards.

Organised by Bionow, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the life sciences sector across the North, the awards will be announced on 30 November at the Mere Resort in Cheshire.

In the North of England the life sector embodies some 1,100 science and healthcare companies and supports around 200,000 jobs. The accolade for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to the sector will be announced at the event and is the only category without a shortlist.

Geoff Davison, chief executive of Bionow, said: “This year’s awards demonstrates once again how the Northern life sciences are continuing to flourish. We have a breadth of business, academic excellence, depth of expertise and investment in specialist infrastructure to rival anything that any other UK region can offer. The Bionow Awards recognise its successes and achievements and we look forward to celebrating on the night.”

Tom Renn, Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP), which sponsors the awards added: “R&D is always a tough place to be – it’s never easy to be first, and we welcome the opportunity to acknowledge the innovators who are making sure our region continues to be competitive and attractive. The health of the life science sector in the North is of vital importance to our region, but also the wider UK. MSP is immensely proud to support these awards, and the job they do in showcasing the world class science happening here.”

Bionow, the voice of the life sciences sector in the North, is playing a key role in supporting the delivering the new life sciences strategy by supporting collaboration among the clusters and networks in the North.

Its membership 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.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Bionow Start Up of the Year Award (Sponsored by RSM)


LIG Biowise

Seda Pharmaceutical Development Services

Bionow Healthcare Project of the Year Award (Sponsored by TRUSTECH)

University of Manchester
Health North: Connected Health Cities

Northwest EHealth

Sky Medical Technology / James Cook University Hospital South Tees NHS Trust
Reducing the time to surgery for ankle fracture patients

Bionow Project of the Year Award (Sponsored by Waters Corporation)

Hart Biologicals

Sky Medical Technology / James Cook University Hospital South Tees NHS Trust
Reducing the time to surgery for ankle fracture patients

University of Manchester
Test for the management and assessment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Bionow Product of the Year Award (Sponsored by Innovation Agency)

Arcis Biotechnology
Arcis DNA Pathogen Kit

Crawford Healthcare
KerraContact Ag



Bionow Technical Service Award (Sponsored by Gateley plc)

Aptus Clinical
APTrans Consortium

Cobra Biologics
Delivery of Technical Services related to the process development and manufacture of Plasmid DNA for Gene Therapy Products in clinical trials

University of Liverpool
Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub (LBIH) Biobank

Bionow Business Services Award (Sponsored by World Courier)

Business Growth Hub
STEP INto Healthcare

Complete Resourcing
Supporting biomedical businesses from start-up to exit

Innovation Agency
Healthcare Business Connect

Bionow Promising Technologist of the Year Award (Sponsored by Seqirus)

Peter Chater, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Newcastle University

Sarah Davies, GMP Production Manager
Cobra Biologics

Simon Clark, MRC Career Development Fellow
University of Manchester

Bionow Investment Deal of the Year Award (Sponsored by QIAGEN)

ADC Biotechnology Limited and Acceleris Capital
ADC Biotechnology Limited

Microbiosensor Limited
Series A investment in Microbiosensor by Catapult Ventures and Maven Capital Partners

Skin Biotherapeutics plc
SkinBioTherapeutics IPO

Sky Medical Technology
£22.7m investment providing partial exit for shareholders and growth capital

Bionow Outstanding Contribution Award (Sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury)

Announced on the evening

Bionow Company of the Year Award (Sponsored by AstraZeneca)

Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc

Cobra Biologics

Crawford Healthcare