03 August 2016: Abingdon, UK,  OBN Ltd, the membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, today announces the finalists of its 8th Annual Awards covering Biotech, Medtech, Synthetic Biology and Digital Health.  The OBN Awards remain proudly independent, celebrating innovation and achievement across the UK life sciences industry and recognising achievements from emerging to late stage R&D companies as well as life sciences investors.

A judging panel comprising a range of industry experts has been assembled to decide the overall winner in each category, with the winning companies being announced at the OBN Awards Ceremony on Thursday 6th October at the Oxford Town Hall.

John Harris, CEO of OBN, commented: “We are delighted with the great number of quality entries we received this year, in particular the Best Start-Up Biotech, Best Start-Up Medtech and the Best Implementation of Digital Healthcare Award categories.  We are looking forward to celebrating some exciting new businesses and sharing some impressive achievements across the industry at our Awards in October.”

Finalists: Best Start-up Biotech Company Award: Kindly sponsored by Penningtons Manches

  • Elasmogen
  • Freeline Therapeutics
  • OxStem
  • Vaccitech

Best Emerging Biotech Company Award: Kindly Sponsored by Covance

  • Mereo BioPharma Group
  • Ziarco Pharma
  • KalVista

Best Established Biotech Company Award: Kindly sponsored by Premier Research

  • ReNeuron
  • PsiOxus
  • Immunocore
  • Heptares Therapeutics

Best Start-up Medtech Company Award: Kindly Sponsored by JA Kemp

  • Oxford Endovascular
  • Precision Ocular
  • MediSieve

Best Emerging Medtech Company Award: Kindly sponsored by World Courier

  • Edinburgh Molecular Imaging
  • Quantum Imaging
  • 11Health
  • Polyphotonix Medical

Best Established Medtech Company Award: Kindly sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher

  • Oncimmune
  • Oxford Nanopore
  • Oxford Immunotec

Best Emerging UK Synthetic Biotech Company Award: Kindly sponsored by SynbiCITE

  • Green Biologics
  • Touchlight Genetics
  • Chain Biotech

Best Implementation of Digital Healthcare Award: Kindly sponsored by EY

  • Congenica
  • xRAPID
  • Isansys

Best UK Life Sciences Incubator Award: Kindly sponsored by James Cowper Kreston

  • BioHub at Alderley Park
  • Life Sciences Hub Wales
  • Stevenage Biosciences Catalyst

Highest Impact Investor Award:

  • Cambridge Enterprise
  • Imperial Innovations

Individual tickets for the awards on Thursday 6th October are still available, to book please visit www.obn-awards.com