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New award for leaders in science-based industry


BUSINESS leaders in the science-related industries in the Warrington area are being encouraged to celebrate their achievements with a new national award.
The Business of Science Leadership award,  launched by the organiser of the Business of Science Conference, seeks to recognise a senior figure from the private, public or charitable sector who has made an outstanding contribution to business leadership in an area of science and innovation.
The call for entries is open to ambitious leaders of science-based organisations of all sizes from across the UK who can demonstrate active engagement with the wider business community and an ongoing commitment to the promotion of science at the highest level.
Warrington, as a key centre for science related industry, could be in the running to supply the winner.
Entries to the Business of Science Leadership Award may be made by individuals directly or via nomination from a qualifying third party until Friday March 24.
A judging panel of high-profile industry figures including Richard Carter, MD, BASF UK, Steve Elliott, CEO of the Chemical Industries Association, Dr Gail Cardew of The Royal Institution, Richard Jones, CFO, Mereo BioPharma and Redx Pharma Plc CEO and chairman of the judges, Dr Neil Murray, will meet in London in May to review the entries.
The winner will be revealed at the Business of Science pre-conference dinner in Manchester on Wednesday May 17.
Steve Bennett, managing director of Science North Limited and organiser of the award, said: “The Business of Science Conference was originally developed as a platform to celebrate the commercial impact of science and to recognise its role in the long term future of the country.
“As people are the driving force behind science’s contribution to the economy, it felt right to launch an award alongside the main conference this year to recognise those individuals at the very top of their game who are shaping the business of science as we know it today.”
Dr Neil Murray, recipient of the Institute of Directors North West 2016 Science and Innovation Award, said: “Bringing to life and making sustainable any business that is based on innovation is not and has never been a challenge for the faint-hearted.
“The leaders who have shown us the way have an original vision backed up a seemingly unrelenting supply of energy, faith and brilliance. They are also robust enough to survive a myriad of challenges, hurdles and doubts.
“Leadership needs to be celebrated and Redx Pharma is certainly delighted to sponsor this award which will showcase outstanding leadership talent in the science-related industries and inspire the next generation of business leaders to achieve great things.”
Entries to the Business of Science Leadership Award can be made online until the deadline of March 24th.
For more information on the event, visit www.businessofscience.co.uk


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