OBN (UK) Ltd Shines a Light on Outstanding Companies within the Life Sciences Industry, at the 2023 OBN Awards, 22 November 2023, London

OBN Awards 2023 Winners


Abingdon, UK, Thursday 23 November: – OBN (UK) Ltd., the not-for-profit membership organisation that catalyses growth for the life sciences industry, is delighted to announce the winners of their 2023 OBN Awards, presented at the Royal Lancaster, London, on Wednesday 22 November.

The Awards, which are in their 15th year, shine a light on companies at all stages of development, recognising inspirational leadership, exciting innovation, and novel approaches to unmet clinical needs, outstanding company progression and the delivery of real-life, tangible results.  

Stuart Rose, CEO of OBN, said: “The last twelve months have been tough for life sciences globally, but the resilience and tenacity of our industry shines at times like this. The 2023 entries will probably be recognised as the highest quality in our 15-year history, and those companies and individuals who emerged at the top of their packs should be proud. Congratulations to our winners of the 2023 OBN Awards – they are exemplars of life science excellence.”


The winners of the OBN 2023 Awards are:

1. Best Start-up Biotech Company, kindly sponsored by Milton Park

WinnerInfinitopes - A Cancer Research UK supported team of doctors and scientists from Oxford University’s oncology, immunology, antigen discovery, vaccinology & biomanufacturing departments working to identify hidden tumour targets and create high efficiency vaccines.

2. Best Early Stage Medtech Company, kindly sponsored by Penningtons Manches Cooper  

Winner Novai - Aims to achieve its vision of preserving sight through early detection and treatment of ophthalmic and neurological disease and using the DARC platform.

3. Most Transformative HealthTec Company of the Year – presented by Taylor Wessing

Winner Pangaea Data - AI-driven product platform to find and connect to undiagnosed and miscoded patients for 7,000 conditions, thereby improving outcomes, halving treatment costs and enabling privacy-preserving collaboration between healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Its founders have raised $300M through their academic work, including a $110M grant for AI in medicine and are advised by Lord Prior (former Chairman, NHS). Pangaea was awarded ‘Best AI in HealthTech’ at HLTH and ‘Digital Solution of the Year’ by the British government.

4. Most Impactful CRO of the Year, kindly sponsored by BMG LABTECH  

Winnero2h Discovery - A fully integrated CRO that supports med chem design, small molecule synthesis, biological screening, ADME studies, process R&D and scale-up across different therapeutic programs through its 500+ person team in Cambridge, UK, and Ahmedabad, India.

5. BioSeed ‘One to Watch’ Award, kindly sponsored by Precision for Medicine

Winner Infinitopes - A Cancer Research UK supported team of doctors and scientists from Oxford University’s oncology, immunology, antigen discovery, vaccinology & biomanufacturing departments, working to identify hidden tumour targets, to create lifesaving high efficiency vaccines.

6. Young Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year, kindly sponsored by Oxford Technology Park  

WinnerKirsty SmittenMetalloBio - A Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow and co-founder of MetalloBio with a PhD in Chemistry and Microbiology, Kirsty has won several awards for the research underpinning MetalloBio’s technology including the ELRIG Early Career Impact Award and listing in the Forbes 30 Under 30.

7. Most Impactful Industry Collaboration of the Year, kindly sponsored by Mills & Reeve  

WinnerCN Bio - For their collaboration with the US FDA on studies to provide data to support the use of Organ-on-a-chip (OOC) technology. Working towards a future where drugs are discovered more quickly, brought to patients more cost-effectively, and through the use of less animal experimentation.

8. Best Industry Support Partner of the Year, kindly sponsored by EBD Group

Winner Medicines Discovery Catapult - An independent, not-for-profit organisation and part of the Catapult Network established by Innovate UK. MDC’s vision is to reshape drug discovery for patient benefit by transforming great UK science into better treatments through partnership.

9. Best Emerging Biotech Company, kindly sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

WinnerSamsara - A biopharmaceutical company aiming to discover first-in-class therapeutics that treat rare genetic and neurodegenerative disease and extend healthy lifespan. Samsara’s platform is the largest ever pipeline for the identification, chemical optimization, and in vivo validation of compounds that enhance autophagy.

10. Best Established Medtech Company, presented by Ipsen

Winner Brainomix - Has developed e-Stroke, an AI software that supports both non-specialist and specialist frontline doctors interpreting stroke brain scans to make the right treatment choices faster, and enables doctors to communicate between hospitals in real-time.

11. Best Established Biotech Company, kindly sponsored by Precision BioSearch

WinnerTouchlight Genetics - A biotechnology CDMO enabling the development of genetic medicines with its enzymatic doggybone DNA technology.

12. Special Recognition Awards 2023, presented by OBN

WinnerMelanie Lee - As CEO of LifeArc, the self-funded, non-profit medical research organisation committed to investing £1.3 billion by 2030, Melanie has guided LifeArc through a critical period of growth and change and has firmly established LifeArc’s reputation as a leading medical research charity.





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About the OBN Awards – www.obn-awards.com

The OBN Awards, now in its 15th year, celebrates innovation and outstanding achievement across all corners of the industry. We are proud that the awards remain independent with categories that cover Biotech, Medtech, and Digital Health and recognises achievements from emerging R&D companies to large pharma and life sciences investors.

To view the full list of finalists across all 2023 categories, please click here.


OBN Awards 2023 Independent Judging Panel:

  • Nick Pumphrey, CSO, Etcembly
  • Kat Arney, Founder & CCO, First Create the Media
  • Louise Sutton, Industry Director, Biotech, Fisher Scientific
  • Oliver Pumfrey, Managing Director, FTI
  • Jonathan Rohll
  • John Chaddock, VP Head of REED Operations and Site Head, Ipsen
  • Prashant Shah, Co-Founder, o2h
  • Stuart Rose, CEO, OBN
  • Alex Batchelor, Co-Founder and CEO, OxDX
  • Wendy Tindsley, Innovation Director, Oxford Innovation
  • Emma Palmer-Foster, Strategic Communications Consultant, EJ Palmer Consulting
  • Lisa Page, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper
  • Chris Shelley, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper
  • Malcolm Silander, Co-Founder, Precision BioSearch
  • Frances Murphy, Executive Director, Precision for Medicine
  • Laura Holland, Director of Strategic Marketing, Rosalind Franklin Institute
  • Peter Hamley, CSO, Samsara Therapeutics
  • Catherine Fletcher, Principal, Science Creates
  • Paul Holmes, Managing Director, Syneos Health
  • Colin McCall, Partner, Taylor Wessing
  • Mark Beresford, Global Enterprise Lead, ThermoFisher Scientific
  • Kirsty Dolphin, Partner, Venner Shipley
  • Lorna Cuddon, Managing Director, Zyme
  • Yusuf Ali, Wellbeing, Health & Protection Technical Adviser, Partners&
  • Emma Tinsley, Chief Executive Officer, Weatherden
  • Neil Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, SEHTA 
  • Claire Shingler, Business Manager, BioEscalator
  • Andy Roberts, Innovation Manager, Bruntwood


About OBN

OBN is the not-for-profit UK membership organisation that catalyses success in life sciences.  Our 480+ member companies are located throughout the UK and benefit from our networking, partnering, purchasing, advising and advocacy activities.

OBN deliver over 50 events for the Life Sciences industry each year, including:



BIOSEED – a fast-paced one-day pitching event, exclusively for early-stage life sciences R&D companies, across biotech, medtech and digital health, who are actively seeking seed stage funding and active life sciences investors looking for new funding opportunities across a range of technology areas (etc. venues County Hall, London on 22 January 2024). www.bioseed.co.uk


BIOTRINITY - a highly regarded Biopartnering and Investment Life Sciences conference with a core mission of inspiring growth and creating opportunity for all who attend (etc. venues 133 Houndsditch, London on 23 & 24 April 2024). www.biotrinity.com

Further information about OBN’s tailored networking and partnering events, purchasing consortium, advice, consultancy services and advocacy activities is available on OBN’s website www.obn.org.uk