Winners of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2022 revealed
The winners of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards have been revealed.
A celebration of the extraordinary talent across a host of science and technology sectors was held at Hinxton Hall, on the Wellcome Genome Campus, on Wednesday evening (May 11).
The event began with a networking reception before the awards ceremony in the Francis Crick Auditorium, attended by around 250 business leaders, entrepreneurs and scientists.
Editor Paul Brackley, who hosted the event and chaired the judging panel, said: “It was a wonderful evening, full of stories of innovation and ingenuity.
“The judging panel had a very challenging task selecting the winners from the record number of entries we had for our fifth annual awards, and it was terrific to showcase all of our finalists.”
The ceremony began with the unveiling of the winner of the inaugural In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Waterbeach creative agency JDJ Creative.
It went to Prof Sir Mike Stratton, a cancer genomics pioneer whose discoveries have aided the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, while setting the foundation for more personalised cancer treatments.
Earlier this year, Prof Stratton announced that he would be stepping down as director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and CEO of the Wellcome Genome Campus after 12 years in the post.
After accepting the award, Prof Stratton delivered the guest speech for the event, describing highlights from his career and the power of genomics, before the highly commended and winning finalists were revealed in 15 further categories, as detailed below.
Paul added: “I would like to congratulate all of our winners and thank our sponsors for their support of this celebration of Cambridge science and technology.”
The awards ended with the announcement of the winner of a bespoke £1,500 IP prize, courtesy of Cambridge full service IP firm Appleyard Lees.
It went to Ever Resource, the Cleantech Company of the Year winner, which has next-generation recycling solutions in the fields of metals and batteries, carbon and fuels, and chemicals for industry.
The awards were also broadcast live on the Cambridge Independent’s Facebook page - you can watch the feed here.
We’ll have lots more from the awards soon - including a souvenir supplement in the Cambridge Independent, out from May 18. Follow #SciTechAwards on Twitter.
In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by JDJ Creative
Professor Sir Mike Stratton
Start-up Company of the Year
Sponsored by Kao Data
Highly Commended: Creasallis
STEM Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by CityFibre
Winner: Form the Future from Cambridge LaunchPad
Highly Commended: My STEMM Future from Wellcome Connecting Science and Wellcome Sanger Institute
Employer of the Year
Sponsored by COEL
Winner: Domino Printing
Highly Commended: Abcam
Researcher of the Year
Sponsored by AstraZeneca
Winner: Dr Robert Finn, section head, genome assembly and annotation, and team leader, microbiome informatics, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Highly Commended: Dr Gemma Mudd, Bicycle Therapeutics
AI Company of the Year
Sponsored by Appleyard Lees
Highly Commended: OKRA.ai
Cleantech Company of the Year
Sponsored by Woodfines Solicitors
Winner: Ever Resource
Highly Commended: Camnexus
Enterprise Skills Award
Sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School
Winner: Owlstone Medical
Highly Commended: Wellcome Genome Campus
Medtech Company of the Year
Sponsored by Sagentia Innovation
Highly Commended: Kalium Health
Biotech Company of the Year
Sponsored by Chesterford Research Park
Highly Commended: Arecor Therapeutics
The Award for Innovation
Sponsored by Illumina
Highly Commended: The Milner Institute
The Tech for Good Award
Sponsored by Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge
Winner: 52 North Health
Highly Commended: AudioTelligence
CEO of the Year
Sponsored by Bidwells
Winner: Mark Kotter, bit.bio
Highly Commended: Sarah Howell, Arecor Therapeutics
The One to Watch
Sponsored by cofinitive
Highly Commended: Cambridge Future Tech
Technology Company of the Year
Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University
Highly Commended: Focal Point Positioning
Life Science Company of the Year
Sponsored by BioStrata
Winner: CN Bio Innovations
Highly Commended: Microbiotica
£1,500 IP Prize winner from Appleyard Lees