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The OBN Awards, now in their 13th year are a highly regarded and coveted UK awards for the Life Sciences industry, that aims to celebrate individuals and companies that have made an outstanding impact in their field. The Awards shine a light on companies at all stages of development, recognising inspirational leadership, exciting innovation, novel and exciting approaches to unmet clinical need, outstanding company progression and the delivery of real-life tangible results.

The twelve categories awarded on the night encompass the biotech, medtech and digital health sectors, as well as recognising dealmakers and those who provide critical support to innovators across the industry.

We have recently announced the companies that have been shortlisted to the final round of the OBN Awards. 

Please click here for the details of all the finalists.  

The postponed 2020 OBN Awards were delivered in London in June 2021, so the 2021 Awards will be moved to Oxford and will be hosted in the Roman Sculpture Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum on Thursday 25th November. 

Please note that the venue has a limited capacity, and recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. 

Evening Format:

The OBN Awards start at 7pm with a drinks reception, followed by a three-course meal, interspersed with the presentation of awards in 12 categories. The evening will feature a professional event host, as well as a an inspirational industry keynote. 

The Awards finish at approx. 10.30pm, with networking drinks available until 23.00

Awards Entry & Judging Timeline

Award Entry Open – Monday 5 July 2021

Award Entry Deadline – Friday 10 September 2021

Finalists Announced – w/c Monday 4 October 2021

Final Judging Sessions – w/c Monday 8 November 2021

Winners Announced – Thursday 25 November 2021

2021 Judging Panel

Victoria Sergeant - CEO, AggioSergeant

Ian Campbell - CBO, LifeArc

Ian Oliver - Audit Partner - Life Sciences Specialist, BDO           

Nicola Heron - CBO, Medicines Discovery Catapault

Kath Mackay - Director of Life Sciences, Alderley Park 

John Harris - CEO, OBN

Eva Truchanowicz - Managing Director, Dignio

Jonathan Rohll - Head of Business and Information, OBN

Louise Sutton - Industry Director - Biotech, Fisher Scientific

Emma Palmer Foster - Strategic Communications Consultant, Oxford Science Park

David Browning - CEO, Fixed Phage

Chris Shelley - Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper

Nick Jones - Managing Director, Focus

Frances Murphy - Executive Director - Clinical Business Solution, Precision for Medicine

Oliver Pumfrey - Managing Director, FTI

Peter Hamley - CSO, Samsara Therapeutics

Thiru Thangarajah - UK Sales Manager, GenScript

Colin McCall - Partner - Life Sciences and Deep Tech, Taylor Wessing

John Chaddock - VP Head of REED & Site Head Milton Park, Ipsen

Ashley Box - Director of Business Development, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Tom Fleming - Co-Founder & COO, Arctoris 

About the OBN Awards Host

Declan Curry, journalist, has been writing and speaking about business and the economy for over 20 years.

He was most recently the presenter on 'On the Money' - a weekly business and workplace programme on BBC 5 Live and occasionally the presenter on 5 Live's afternoon news programme 'Drive' where he's was also business presenter.  He presented the business debate programme 'Show Me The Money' on the BBC News Channel. 

Prior to this he presented the BBC's "Working Lunch" business programme, which he co-presented with Naga Munchetty. He also presented business news "Breakfast" on BBC One and BBC News 24 reporting each morning from the studios of the London Stock Exchange, covering business, the economy, the workplace and personal finance. He interviewed chief executives, trade union leaders, stock market watchers and economists, along with individual workers and investors. He also broadcast his own personalised reports on the stock market and investing.

Please click here for Declan Curry's full bio.


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