Scotland’s Life Sciences Dinner and Annual Awards | AWARD ENTRIES
Scotland’s vibrant life sciences industry contributes more than £3 billion a year to the Scottish economy and is globally recognised for its impact and high levels of innovation.
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LIFE SCIENCES AWARDS 2023

Seven of the categories are open for submissions/nominations and they are:

  • Business Leadership
  • Rising Stars: Extraordinary Talent
  • Outstanding Skills Development Award
  • Innovation – Pharma services and Drug Discovery
  • Innovation – Health Technology
  • Innovation – Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture
  • Innovative Collaboration Award
Business Leadership Award

Rising Stars: Extraordinary Talent

Innovation – Pharma services and Drug Discovery

Innovation – Health Technology

Innovation – Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture

Innovative Collaboration Award

Outstanding Skills Development Award

HOW TO ENTER

It is free to enter a submission for the Scotland’s Life Science Awards.

Please download the submission/nomination form from the button below and submit through our online submission site.

If you wish to submit for more than one category, please complete a separate form for each application.

Your text for each category should be no more than 500 words.

The closing date for entries is Friday 9th December 2022 at 5pm.

Good luck!

 

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

Definition of the “life sciences” sector includes the fields of: human health (medicine, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, health informatics/connected health), biology and biotechnology (including industrial, marine, pharmaceutical, and agricultural biotechnology) and animal health (veterinary, pharmaceuticals).

Definition of a Scottish company/organisation is one which trades and employs staff in Scotland.  This could be an established Scottish subsidiary of a multinational or a company with HQ in Scotland.  The awards are made to the innovations and successes that originate from the Scottish facility.

Judges will give consideration to the following elements for each application within the individual categories. The judging panel’s decision will be final.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD

Presented to a business leader or a management team who has significantly advanced his/her/their Scottish business in the previous year (ending November 2022). 

This is open to:

  • leaders of established businesses that can demonstrate significant growth through financing, exporting, partnerships, collaborations, inward investment and achievement of milestones.

The judging panel will give consideration to:

  • Level of leadership, ambition and entrepreneurship
  • Commercial success (e.g. turnover; deals done; collaborations established, investment raised to date)
  • Growth of company – significant activity that has contributed to growth (e.g. specific investment, launch of product, expansion)
  • Growth in global markets through international strategy
  • Investment secured
  • Adoption of digitalisation to enable growth of operations
  • Adoption of any new processes to reduce carbon emissions
  • Understanding customers’ needs
  • Development of a management team
  • Made a difference to the growth of the life science sector in Scotland
  • Made a difference to the growth of the life science sector Internationally

RISING STARS: EXTRAORDINARY TALENT AWARD

Presented to founders/co-founders/leaders of a start-up or early-stage life sciences business which demonstrates significant potential to become a successful global company.

This is open to:

  • founders/co-founders/leaders of a start-up or early stage life sciences business which demonstrates significant potential to become a successful global company as evidenced by customer/market engagement; building a diverse and skilled team; and attracting investment

The judging panel will give consideration to:

  • Level of leadership, ambition and entrepreneurship
  • Commercial success (e.g. turnover; deals done; collaborations established, investment raised to date)
  • Culture of global ambition and international strategy
  • Investment secured
  • Adoption of digitalisation to optimise operations
  • Adoption of new processes to reduce carbon emissions
  • Growth of company – significant activity that has contributed to growth (e.g. specific investment, launch of product, expansion)
  • Understanding customers’ needs
  • Development of a management team

Made a difference to the growth of the life science sector in Scotland

INNOVATION – PHARMA SERVICES AND DRUG DISCOVERY

Presented to organisation that has been responsible for the creation of an innovative product or service contributing to the pharmaceutical and drug discovery processes.

The innovation must have been:

  • Developed within the last three years (i.e. since November 2019)
  • Is at a stage of development where the organisation is able to publicise the innovation
  • Has been developed in Scotland

The judging panel will also give consideration to:

  • Level of innovation in the technology/product/process
  • Potential impact of the technology/product/process to the life science industry
  • Ability to change in size and scale

INNOVATION – HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Presented to an individual or organisation that has been responsible for an innovative product or service within the Health data and Technology field.

The innovation must have been:

  • Developed within the last three years (i.e. since November 2019)
  • Is at a stage of development where the organisation is able to publicise the innovation
  • Has been developed in Scotland

The judging panel will also give consideration to:

  • Level of innovation in the technology/product/service
  • Potential impact of the technology/product/service to the life science industry
  • Ability to change in size and scale
  • Use of data in the innovation

INNOVATION – ANIMAL HEALTH, AGRITECH AND AQUACULTURE

Presented to an individual or organisation that has been responsible for an innovative product or service within Animal Health; Agritech and Aquaculture

The innovation must have been:

  • Developed within the last three years (i.e. since November 2019)
  • Is at a stage of development where the organisation is able to publicise the innovation
  • Has been developed in Scotland

The judging panel will also give consideration to:

  • Level of innovation in the technology/product/service
  • Potential impact of the technology/product/service to the life science industry
  • Ability to change in size and scale

INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION AWARD

Presented to Scottish partners who have engaged in a successful collaboration across industry, academia and/or healthcare involving at least one industry partner that has achieved a significant potential commercial outcome through a new or improved technology, product or service.

The judging panel will give consideration to:

  • Involvement of a company located at a site in Scotland (required)
  • The nature of the collaboration and the activity undertaken across the partners
  • Value created/progress towards commercial success as a result of the collaboration
  • Degree of innovation demonstrated by the collaborative work
  • Potential impact of the technology/product/process to the life science industry – market applications and market implementation
  • The collaboration should have taken place in the last three years (November 2019 – November 2022)

 

OUTSTANDING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Presented to a company based in Scotland that has displayed excellence in promoting skills development. Evidence of a significant and sustainable contribution in increasing skills and the positive business outcomes achieved as a result should be demonstrated.

This could include:

  • Embedding good practices in determining evolving development needs and real innovation in addressing them
  • Ensuring that learning is widely available within the organisation to develop a culture of learning and the dissemination of good practice
  • Investing in people to build the right balance of capability, talent and experience to be effective now and in the future
  • Creating competency-based career progression structures to ensure visibility of skills (both technical and soft skills) and behaviours needed to progress within the organisation and encouraging employee engagement in their own career development
  • Through the use of training needs analysis or similar appraisal processes, identify individual and team skills needs

The training and development provided should encompass all or some of the following areas:

  • Leadership/Management Development
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Scientific/Laboratory Skills
  • Mentoring Skills
  • IT / Digital Skills

The ability to offer a blended approach to training to ensure maximum employee engagement will be important.  This should include some or all of the following:

  • Formal classroom-based training (in-house or by an external provider)
  • Mentoring
  • E-learning platforms (especially for refresher training)
  • On-the-job training
  • External conference attendance
  • Day release training*
  • Work Based learning e.g. Foundation Apprenticeship, Modern Apprenticeship and Graduate Apprenticeship training*

* leading to a recognised qualification

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The 2022 Award for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to an individual considered by a special panel, to have contributed significantly to the Life Sciences sector in Scotland.

This award is not open to nominations, however if you would like to suggest someone for consideration for this prestigious award, please contact colette.black-heaton@speak.co.uk