20 Aug 2020
Dr Andy Richards announced as a winner in the regional stage of the Barclays’ Entrepreneur Awards.
Barclays’ Entrepreneur Awards highlight and recognise entrepreneurs who are transforming their industries, the economy and society. Dr Andy Richards, CBE, has received the accolade in the Icon category which seeks to recognise entrepreneurs who have successfully turned their vision into reality.
Andy is an entrepreneur with a track record in founding and scaling innovative life-science, and healthtech companies, and has a deep commitment to translating UK science, ideas and deep technology for the benefit of patients and society. He is currently Chairman of Congenica, Abcodia, Closed Loop Medicine, Arecor and the Babraham Research Campus and is a Director of Ieso Digital Health, Owlstone Medical, Cancer Research Technology and The Scale-Up Institute. He is an advisor to Cambridge Innovation Capital and the UCL Technology Fund, is Chair of the CRUK Seed Fund and is a founder member of the Cambridge Angels.
He founded his first company Chiroscience plc in 1992 and subsequent to its success has founded, invested in or scaled more than 30 innovative ventures including companies such as Vectura, Arakis, and Cambridge Biotechnology Ltd. He received a CBE for services to life-sciences in 2015.
Dr Andy Richards, CBE, said: “At this time we are more than ever aware of global healthcare challenges and the need to innovate in preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. The application of entrepreneurial approaches and innovative thinking are critical in achieving success. It is an honour to have been recognised by Barclays in these entrepreneur awards. I have the joy and privilege to strive with a cadre of incredibly bright driven people in multiple organisations trying to solve challenging problems; so awards like these reflect mostly on their endeavours.”
Juliet Rogan, National Head of High Growth at Barclays, said: “It’s been a difficult time for businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak, which is why it’s more important than ever we celebrate entrepreneurs and recognise their achievements. The awards are a celebration of the exceptional innovation and leadership entrepreneurs show, helping to create social change and growth. This is the fifth year of the awards and as a regional winner, Dr Richards will go forward to the national stage, which will recognise businesses and entrepreneurs from across the UK.”
All regional winners will now go through to the national final, where an overall winner will be announced on November 26th, 2020. Ahead of the final, national judging will take place with key industry leaders, influencers and eco-system partners in order to select the eventual winner.
The awards bring the full entrepreneurial community together. This year, for the first time, Barclaycard are joining the event alongside Barclays Rise and Eagle Labs as partners of the Awards. This group wide initiative started five years ago and forms an integral part of our support for entrepreneurship across the bank.