Title Sponsor

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life. In 2015, Merck generated sales of €12.85 billion in 66 countries. Founded in 1668, Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

The life science business of Merck has 19,000 employees and 65 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Merck completed its €17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global life science industry. BioReliance, a Contract Research Organisation providing biologics safety testing for the biopharma industry, was part of Sigma-Aldrich when acquired by Merck.

Supporting Sponsors

We are a science-led global healthcare company with a mission to help people: do more, feel better, live longer.

We have three world-leading businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

We are committed to widening access to our products and working to make our products available to as many people as possible, no matter where they live in the world or what they can afford to pay.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the economic and community development agency delivering the Scottish Governments’s economic strategy across the north and west of Scotland, a region which covers more than half of Scotland.

With around 300 staff, HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises; strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas; develops key sectors, and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.

As one of our priority sectors for growth, Life Sciences are key to the economic development of our region. In particular the sub-sectors Medical Technologies and Diagnostics, Digital Health and Marine Biotechnology play an important role and are well represented across the business base and academic expertise.

In 2012 the Scottish Government announced the creation of the Life Sciences Enterprise Area in Irvine in the west of Scotland, with significant financial incentives specifically for life sciences businesses. Irvine Innovation & Industry, known as i3, is Irvine’s life science Enterprise Area, the largest in Scotland, with both business rates relief and enhanced capital allowances.

Irvine Bay is leading a partnership including Scottish Enterprise and North Ayrshire Council to deliver Irvine’s Enterprise Area. Our objective is to create a vibrant, attractive, competitive and sustainable business location.

Since 2006 we have been developing new opportunities for business growth and regeneration at Irvine Bay, transforming town centres and creating new business accommodation. All our activities are focused on bringing inward investment and jobs to this area of North Ayrshire, which is already home to a number of globally recognised organisations such as GSK, DSM, Sigma Aldritch

Media Partner

BQ is a leading national brand recognised for celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship to help businesses succeed and grow. With a substantial digital offering, first-class printed publications and a range of targeted events taking place nationwide, BQ reaches a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, MDs and CEOs of businesses across the UK.

We empower the business community to embrace growth, reporting on local business success wherever we find it and telling the stories that you won’t find anywhere else. Ultimately, we make a real and tangible contribution to economic growth, as we work to recognise those who lead the way, and inspire more to follow in their footsteps.

Award Category Sponsors

Capsugel: Community Engagement Award Sponsor

Capsugel designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of innovative dosage forms for the biopharmaceutical and consumer health and nutrition industries. Our unique combination of science, engineering, formulation and capsule expertise enables our customers to optimize the bioavailability, targeted delivery and overall performance of their products. We partner with more than 4,000 customers in over 100 countries to create novel, high-quality and customized solutions that align with our customers’ evolving needs and benefit patients and consumers.

Complete Resourcing: Entrepreneurial Business Leader Award Sponsor

Complete Resourcing are a consultancy that work exclusively with high growth businesses to help grow their organisations. We work in close partnership with a number of Scottish investors and their portfolio businesses.

We work with companies to analyse their vision and goals, and help them use this to create an organisational design that will be fit for purpose as they scale. We help companies identify what additional skills and capabilities are required to achieve business goals, and find key individuals with the ability to help drive the business forward. We are also the founders of Investor Ladder, a network of the most active investors from across the UK.

Concept Life Sciences: Investment of the Year Award Sponsor

Concept Life Sciences was formed in 2014 to deliver a knowledge based, science led business focused on delivering a comprehensive platform of services to clients requiring innovative science based solutions. Concept Life Sciences delivers the expertise and capabilities clients demand, working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, environmental, agrochemical, petrochemical, chemical and consumer products sectors. By bringing together teams of highly trained scientists, excellent laboratory facilities and an in-depth understanding of our core markets, it truly is a business that is greater than the sum of its parts.

IP Pragmatics: Innovative Collaboration Award Sponsor

Since we were founded in 2001 IP Pragmatics helps Universities, growing SMEs, Public Sector Research Institutes and Large Enterprise to create and realise value from their intellectual property assets. Our team has over 65 years´ experience of providing specialist intellectual property advice and business development assistance.

Our in-depth technical, commercial and IP knowledge and experience stems from research and industry backgrounds across human & veterinary health, agriculture & food and environmental technology. We are headquartered in London, with offices in Scotland and Australia. We also have representatives in South Africa and North America and strategic partners in Korea and Japan.

Kleboe Jardine: Export and International Trade Award Sponsor

Kleboe Jardine Ltd is a boutique search and recruitment operation, focused on the life sciences market from research to manufacturing and from supply chain to sales & marketing. We work with businesses at every stage of development from start-up to multi-national corporates and deliver in technical expert assignments to board appointments.

Our industry specific, specialist approach brings unique insight and capability in developing an appropriate blueprint that solves specific staff and leadership problems making your business grow and grow fast.

Marks & Clerk: Innovation Award Sponsor

Marks & Clerk works with innovative organisations from start-ups and SMEs to universities and multinationals to identify, protect, defend and extend their intellectual assets. Our patent attorneys are highly experienced in technical fields both traditional and cutting edge, whilst our trade mark attorneys work with clients to protect their brands in territories worldwide.

We have UK offices in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Oxford.

We also have a network of offices in France, Luxembourg, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, and long-established relationships with other leading IP professionals around the world.

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow: Business Leadership Award Sponsor

‌‌‌‌‌‌Formed in 2010, the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences brings together internationally renowned experts and state-of-the-art facilities to improve health and quality of life for humans and animals across the globe. The College also provides innovative teaching for our students, preparing them for a wide variety of exciting careers.