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Now in its 18th year, the Scrip Awards brings together over 400 industry leaders to celebrate and recognise the very best innovations and achievements in global biopharma. Winners will be celebrated across 15 categories, covering a full spectrum of advancements, from Best New Drug, Community Partnership of the Year, Clinical Advance of the Year and Best Contract Research Organisation.
All Awards entries will be carefully reviewed by an independent Judging Panel - a group of senior industry experts from around the world, handpicked for their experience and objectivity. This prestigious annual event of networking and celebration will incorporate a gala black-tie dinner and Awards ceremony, on Wednesday 30 November at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
The Best New Drug Award recognises excellence in pharmaceutical development. Launching innovative new products is the most important function of the industry, and a successful new drug launch marks the culmination of years of risky and expensive R&D.
Entrants must have played a role in the development of the nominated product, and all parties to joint ventures should be disclosed in the application.
This Award seeks to recognise success in a clinical trial of a new drug product (biological or chemical) which is expected to lead to an advance in healthcare. This might include the first demonstration of a clear clinical effect for a new drug in an area of unmet medical need, a pivotal study of a new drug with a breakthrough mechanism of action, or a major study of a potential new or expanded indication for an already marketed product.
Entrants must have played a role in the clinical study, and all joint parties must be disclosed in the application.
The biotech industry’s entrepreneurial spirit and cutting-edge science have transformed the research and development of medicines in the past few decades. This Award honours outstanding achievement by biotech companies
The winner of the Biotech Company of the Year Award will be the biotech firm which has achieved the most in the 12 months between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022. For example, this could be moving the business from an early stage, to a more mature company, signing a transformative deal, taking its first or a major new product towards the market, or raising significant new funds.
Scrip’s China Biopharma Leadership Award reflects on the rapid maturing of China’s biopharma sector - thanks to the development of Homegrown biopharma companies, CDMOs, and increasing investment from global multinational biopharma companies. The category seeks to reward firms that have shown leadership in developing China’s biopharma sector through significant commercial and R&D activity, and by helping patients access new treatments, through new launches and successful negotiations with China’s healthcare payers and clinical leaders.
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This Award is open to any research-based pharmaceutical company either headquartered in China or with a significant presence in the market through its own investment or via a major partnership.
The judges will be looking for excellent performance across business activities achieved between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022. This could include a range of leadership activities, from launching new products, or signing a transformative new commercial deal or working with Chinese authorities on innovation in healthcare and patient access.
This Award is designed to acknowledge the numerous ways in which pharma and biotech companies give back to the wider community. This could include outreach within a local community, with a charity or patient advocacy group, or alongside an NGO or humanitarian organisation.
The judges will be looking for effective partnership activity which took place between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022, to the benefit of humankind. For example, these types of partnerships could include patient and carer support programs, educational programs or disease awareness campaigns or even a social media campaign that went viral.
Scrip’s Executive of the Year Award is designed to acknowledge excellence in the leadership of large and small pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Executive Of The Year – Companies with a market cap >$7bn
Executive Of The Year – Private companies and those with a market cap <$7bn
This year’s winner will be the executive who has exhibited exemplary leadership throughout the year from 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022. This could range from leading an emerging company to an established place within the industry, to turning around the fortunes of a failing company or unit, or leading a firm successfully through the turbulence of a merger or acquisition. Also important to the judges will be the executive’s career achievements, influence within the industry and leadership qualities. To be eligible for this year’s Award, entrants must hold a C-suite executive position. Candidates must be employed by the company at the time of nomination.
Licensing is vital both in helping to keep pharma’s pipelines replenished and in generating income for smaller firms. Deals considered here are those that involve the licensing of a particular drug, project or group of drugs/projects from one company to another for further development and/ or marketing.
In choosing the winner of Scrip’s Licensing Deal of the Year Award, the judges will look at all aspects of the submitted transactions, from their monetary and strategic value, to The benefits they give to both sides. To qualify, licensing deals must have been closed between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022.
Scrip’s Business Development Team of the Year Award will honour the achievements of business development teams whether they are from a pharma or biotech company or a cross-company team responsible for a specific deal or collaborative project.
This Award will go to a team that is truly much more than the sum of its parts. The Judges will be looking for strong performance across a number of criteria, such as achievement of short and long-term goals, and good communication of a shared vision.
The Award for the Best Contract Research Organization acknowledges the critical role that CROs play in drug development. Outsourcing is vital as the pharmaceutical industry seeks to benefit more and more from these specialist companies’ experience in handling all aspects of clinical trials and other research.
This Award is for the companies who provide the full range of services to their clients; and they will be judged on the quality of services and relationships they have built with their clients. It will pay particular attention to the innovative patient recruitment strategies the CRO has brought to the deal. To qualify, candidates must draw on their achievements in the year between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022.
The Award for the Best Contract Research Organisation acknowledges the critical role that CROs play in drug development. Outsourcing is vital as the pharmaceutical industry seeks to benefit more and more from these specialist companies’ experience in handling all aspects of clinical trials and other research.
This Award for those companies who provide niche services to their clients will be judged on the quality of services and relationships they have built with their clients. To qualify, candidates must draw on their achievements in the year between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022.
Scrip’s Best Partnership Alliance Award recognises the importance of pharmaceutical and/ or biotech companies working together to develop new medicines. This category seeks to reward innovative partnerships between companies in which they share the risks and rewards inherent in developing new drugs.
The judges will be focusing on deals that require strong strategic input from both partners, involving business development, joint marketing/promotion or joint R&D. They are looking for those deals that are the most mutually beneficial, have the most strategic potential, and are innovative in their structure. Partnerships must have been announced, or have achieved a significant milestone, between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022, and entrants should be able to show some sustained benefits from the deal. Please note, deals between majority or wholly owned subsidiaries and their parent companies are not eligible for this Award.
This Scrip Award seeks to reward successful and creative fundraising by pharma and biotech companies. The investment can come in a variety of guises from grants and public private partnership deals to venture fundraising and public offerings but should be earmarked for use in drug discovery and/or development.
This award is open only to companies actually raising the funds (i.e., not bankers or agents). To be eligible, all financing must have been announced between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022
This category will acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding scientific or technological breakthrough which the judging believes has the potential to be transformative in the discovery or development of new medicines.
The Award is open to any person, group or company that has achieved a genuinely Groundbreaking advance during the qualifying period of 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022. We welcome entries that are active in the life sciences ecosystem – from early-stage research through to clinical proof-of-concept developments. Achievements we wish to recognise include: insights that advance our understanding of disease biology; new therapeutic targets or approaches; elucidation of a novel mechanism of action; clinical proof of concept of a novel mechanism or novel target; and techniques and technology platforms that enhance the medical benefits of new or existing medicines.
The Pharma Company of the Year Award honours outstanding achievements by pharmaceutical companies over the qualifying 12 months between 1 June 2021 - 30 June 2022.
To be announced on the evening
The winner of this Award will be an exceptional individual with a consistent history of service, above and beyond the call of duty, throughout their career. This prestigious international Award will go to someone who has had a distinguished career in the biotech or pharmaceutical arena, primarily within industry.
To be announced on the evening
Nominees may be retired or semi-retired but will still be active in the industry in some capacity. For this special Award, candidates must be nominated by a third party. The nomination should outline in no more than 750 words what the nominee has accomplished during his or her career and say why they are worthy of this Award.
Dr Ajit Dangi
Strong business leadership track record of over 35 years in Health care and FMCG industries in multi countries focusing on sustainable and responsible growth in J&J and GSK. Currently CEO North Star Asia LLP, Management Consultant and Senior Advisor, PAG Holdings Hong Kong. Mr. Vaidheesh was also previously MD and VP (South Asia), GSK. Created new business models and markets, turned around declining businesses, flourished in various leadership situations. Winner of Economics Times award as the “Most Promising Asian Leader of the year -2016”. Won the prestigious Michel Porter award for “Shared value-2016”. President of OPPI 2017-2020. Winner of the prestigious Fair business practices Trophy. Signed and executed MOU with China Communist Party School for health care initiatives for J&J. Honorary Fellow of the Minimal Access Surgeons Association of India.
Kate Bingham, Managing Partner at life sciences venture capital firm SV Health Investors, co-leads SV’s biotech franchise which has a long history of building companies developing transformational new medicines. SV’s investments have resulted in the launch of twenty drugs for inflammatory and autoimmune disease, blindness and cancer.
In 2021 Kate was awarded a DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services as Chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, where she led a team of world-class experts with the shared purpose of finding and manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines.
Kate is a board member of the Francis Crick Institute and helped launch the Dementia Discovery Fund. She has a first class degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).
Bishop & Associates is an independent consultancy serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical technology sectors. Bishop retired from Becton Dickinson (BD) in 2017. He has served as Chair of Pharma Delegates, Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee, and Board Member & Lecturer, Temple University Japan Campus. Bishop has served on Leadership Teams as a Senior Executive for both Eli Lilly & Company and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer) in Japan. His extensive corporate experience included building and managing functions from Government/Industry Relations; Communications; CSR; Issue/Crisis Management; and Advocacy/Stakeholder Management to the core capabilities of Market Access, Pricing, and Reimbursement.
Dr Laura Brown is Course Director of the MSc in Clinical Research, University of Cardiff and a Training and QA Consultant.
Dr Brown has held a number of international and senior management positions in the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked for several international companies including GlaxoWellcome, Hoechst Marion Roussel and Phoenix International.
She was a member of the Editorial board of the Good Clinical Practice Journal for 10 years. She is author of several books including Project Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry, a Practical Guide to the Clinical Trial Directive and several articles on the new EU Clinical Trial Regulation.
Dr. Ajit Dangi is President & CEO of Danssen Consulting, a strategy firm specialising in Life Sciences and Healthcare. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Fulford India Ltd., a subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc. USA for ten years. He is also Director of Atul Bioscience Ltd. India. Dr. Dangi has served as President & Executive Director of Johnson & Johnson India Ltd . where he worked for twenty years in various capacities. He has also served as Director General of Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) for over seven years.
Dr. Dangi is a Graduate in Chemistry from University of Bombay and later earned his Masters and Doctorate ( Ph.D. ) degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of London , England . He has also undergone Advanced Management Program from Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Chicago, USA.
Laurie Halloran founded Halloran Consulting Group in 1998, originally operating out of an unfinished bathroom. Her time as a pediatric ICU nurse had inspired her to start a company that helps move new therapies through FDA processes to get them into the hands of patients desperately in need. By providing a strategic development team, innovative start-up companies could have access to world-class expertise at a fraction of the cost. Since its humble beginnings, Halloran has grown into a successful consultancy of like-minded experts who are dedicated to improving human health by making life science companies better at what they do.
Laurie has been named 2018 Women’s Business Enterprise Star by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and has won a 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award from Enterprising Women Magazine. Halloran Consulting Group was also named an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company for the past three years in a row. In 2015, Laurie was honored by the Boston Business Journal as a Woman of Influence, in 2010 was selected as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in Life Science by PharmaVoice, and in 2009, she was awarded Clinical Researcher of the Year by the New England Chapter of the Associate of Clinical Research Professionals.
Laurie lectures at Boston University Medical School and the Tufts Center for Drug Development Post-Graduate program. She has previously taught at George Washington University and Harvard University. Laurie earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Russell Sage College and a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University. She is also a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner.
Jones is chairman of the Oxford-based AI drug discovery company e-Therapeutics and a member of the board of the USA vaccine company Techimmune LLC. He was formerly R&D Director of the Wellcome Foundation, a director of Allergan Inc. and Director General of the Association of the British pharmaceutical industry (ABPI ). He is a visiting professor at Kings College London
Viren founded and is managing member of Mehta Partners, LLC. His analytical insights on global health care have influenced biopharmaceutical strategy and investments worldwide. Educated at the University of Southern California (Doctor of Pharmacy) and UCLA (MBA in international finance and marketing), he has worked with senior BioPharma leaders and investment managers for over 30 years.
Gather Health has been one of Viren’s recent initiatives to empower patients while enhancing physician productivity. Gather Health aims to bring together patient’s providers and patient’s personal network, enabling patient to get real-time and active resources and motivation from this team to improve outcomes.
Viren's biopharma strategic advisory work focuses on refining the business model to expand global healthcare access, and to help the bio-pharmaceutical industry succeed globally. His philanthropic work in ecology and education through viram Foundation includes board role with Project Hope (Washington DC) and the Venice Family Clinic (Los Angeles, CA).
Viren began his career at Merck & Co. in international strategic planning and competitor analysis. This foundation prompted Wood MacKenzie & Company Inc. to invite him to establish a pharmaceutical research function in New York. This effort was expanded at S.G. Warburg & Company, and led to the formation of the BioPharma investment advisory group Mehta and Isaly. Now known as Mehta Partners, with a 30-year record, Viren continues to focus on helping refine investment strategy to achieve global growth while enhancing access to healthcare innovations.
A molecular geneticist by training, Dr. Alison Messom has nearly 20 years of industry experience, working both within Pharmaceutical Companies and Clinical Research Organisations and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ICR.
With detailed experience of directing global clinical trials, Dr. Messom has worn many different hats during her career. She has had the opportunity to travel far and wide on business; lived in the UK, France and Switzerland, and gained operational experience in over 50 countries and line management in over 30.
During the course of her career she has line managed at all levels from CTAs through to Directors and VPs. At both i3 Research and ICON she helped build a new department of dedicated line managers for CRAs and also Start Up teams. While within the Pharma environment she line managed teams within Study and Project Management, Clinical Supplies, Translational Medicine, Data Management, Statistics, Informatics and IT – showing that line management skills are transferrable across functional areas.
Peter Pitts is a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris Medical School and President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. He is a former member of the United States Senior Executive Service and Associate Commissioner of the US Food & Drug Administration. Pitts is a member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) Expert Working Group to help advance patient involvement in the development and safe use of medicines. (CIOMS is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization established jointly by WHO and UNESCO in 1949.) He is the lead author of many professional peer reviewed publications including the Lancet, Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science, and Nature Biotechnology. He is an Associate Editor of Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science (the official DIA journal), a member of the External Advisory Board, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics in Asia, Executive Advisory Board, the Galien Foundation, Editorial Advisory Board, Food and Drug Policy Forum, Advisory Board, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Patient Magazine. Pitts lives in New York City.
Specific areas of global policy expertise include FDA policy and process, healthcare technology assessment and reimbursement issues, real world evidence, social media, off label-communications, pharmacovigilance, patient-focused drug development, abuse-deterrent opioids, biosimilar development, Rx-to-OTC switching, risk management plans, GMP policies, pharmacy education programs, drug safety, Critical Path, personalized medicine, clinical trial transparency, IP protection, FDA reform, drug importation, counterfeiting, genetically modified food issues, food safety and security, recalls, nutritional labeling.
Smith began his career as a scientist in the research and development division of ICI and then SmithKline Beecham. After completing his PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Nottingham and Glaxo, and after then an MBA, Smith switched to a commercial role at SB Pharmaceuticals and was appointed global brand manager for Bactroban and new products in Anti-Infectives Strategic Product Development (SPD). In 2000, Smith moved into asset management and venture capital at 3i Group and subsequently held the position of lead fund manager for four life science specific funds – 3i Bioscience Investment Trust PLC, International Biotechnology Trust PLC, and AXA Framlington Biotech Fund. Smith was awarded the Techmark technology fund manager of the year for 2007.
After leaving AXA in 2010, Smith held appointments as director of business development at the Oxfordshire Bioscience Network and head of corporate finance at PharmaVentures. Smith has also taught the life science company valuation, finance and analysis module on the University of Cambridge MPhil program for over ten years. Smith returned to specialist fund management in 2012 to manage the Magna Biopharma Income Fund.
In 2017 Andy moved to the Pricing & Market Access group at ICON in London where he advised big pharma and smaller life science companies on the valuation and commercialisation of their products and returned to the City at the end of 2017 to work at Edison.
Dr Brian Tempest has held many Non-Executive roles in the Corporate, Educational and NGO Sectors. These positions include Pharmaceuticals, Hospital Management, Medical Diagnostics, Packaging, Financial Services, University Advisory Boards and the United Nations Patent Pool. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Touch Medical Media Group Holdings in the UK and is on the Board of a number of international Healthcare Companies as well as advising others from Europe and Asia.
Brian has previously worked for GSK, Pfizer, Sanofi and Sun Pharmaceuticals in leadership positions. He holds FRSC, FRSM, BSc, PhD and DSc qualifications and now resides in Wales, UK.
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ICON plc is a world-leading healthcare intelligence and clinical research organisation, with over 38,000 employees in 93 locations in 46 countries around the world, headquartered in Dublin. We advance clinical research by providing outsourced development and commercialisation services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and government and public health organisations. Our services span the entire lifecycle of product development, from molecule to medicine, across a broad range of therapeutic areas. We develop new innovations, drive emerging therapies forward, and improve patient lives.
Avance Clinical is a premium full-service Contract Research Organisation (CRO) based in Australia, New Zealand and North America, providing high-quality clinical research services to the international drug development industry which brings innovative new drugs to patients. Avance Clinical has more than 260 staff and has backing from the private equity group, Riverside Company, to support global expansion plans.
Avance Clinical offers clinical project management, trial monitoring, regulatory support, safety reporting, scientific and medical writing, data management, statistical and pharmacokinetic services, and external clinical auditing. We operate to the highest standards of compliance required by global regulatory agencies such as the FDA to ensure acceptance of data for drug approvals.
Our clients are international biotech companies in their early phases of drug development that require fast, agile, and adaptive solution-oriented clinical research services. The company uses state-of-the-art technology, gold standard systems, and deep scientific expertise to provide clients with the most successful outcomes.
The Avance Clinical team offers exceptional study approval and success rates which can be attributed to its deep scientific expertise, advanced data technologies, knowledge of the Australian, New Zealand and North American regulatory environment, and its extensive relationships with sites and KOLs.
IQVIA (NYSE:IQV) is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. IQVIA creates intelligent connections to deliver powerful insights with speed and agility — enabling customers to accelerate the clinical development and commercialization of innovative medical treatments that improve healthcare outcomes for patients. With approximately 82,000 employees, IQVIA conducts operations in more than 100 countries. www.iqvia.com.
MSD has a strong history of success in translating cutting-edge research into life-saving medical breakthroughs. Our scientific advances have made a difference in the lives of millions of patients worldwide. From MSD’s development of the first measles and mumps vaccines to treatments for cancer and diabetes, we are an industry leader in bringing forth innovative new medicines. In 2019 MSD had sales of more than $46 billion and we operate in more than 140 countries.
Parexel partners with life science and biopharmaceutical customers across the globe to help transform scientific discoveries into innovative new therapies that improve patient health. Our full-service offerings span early phase to post-marketing approval and include expert consultation across regulatory and consulting, laboratory services, real-world evidence, market access and more. With more than 35 years of experience, our therapeutic, technical and functional abilities are underpinned by a deep conviction In what we do best: supporting our customers in fulfilling the unmet medical needs of patients worldwide.
Quris is an artificial intelligence innovator that is disrupting the drug development process. Quris' Bio-AI Clinical Prediction Platform better predicts which drug candidates will safely work in humans, avoiding tremendous costs of failed clinical trials. We are led by a team of top scientists and strategic investors and are actively preparing for clinical testing with our first AI-based drug.
Thermo Fisher Scientific provides industry-leading pharma services solutions for drug development, clinical trial logistics and commercial manufacturing to customers through our Patheon brand. With more than 65 locations around the world, we provide integrated, end-to-end capabilities across all phases of development, including API, biologics, viral vectors, cGMP plasmids, formulation, clinical trials solutions, logistics services and commercial manufacturing and packaging. Built on a reputation for scientific and technical excellence, we provide pharma and biotech companies of all sizes instant access to a global network of facilities and experts across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. We offer integrated drug development and clinical services tailored to fit your drug development journey through our Quick to Care™ program. Our Quick to Clinic™ programs for large and small molecules help you balance speed and risk during early development so you can file your IND quickly and successfully. Digital innovations such as our mysupply Platform and Pharma 4.0 enablement offer real-time data and a streamlined experience. Together with our customers, we’re rapidly turning pharmaceutical possibilities into realities.
Today, WCG delivers transformational solutions that stimulate growth, foster compliance, and maximize efficiency for those who perform clinical trials.
WCG is proud to serve the individuals on the frontlines of science and medicine, and the organizations that strive to develop new products and therapies to improve the quality of human health. It is our role to empower them to accelerate advancement, while ensuring that the risks of progress never outweigh the value of human life.
As a global company with operations across Asia, Europe, and North America, WuXi AppTec provides a broad portfolio of R&D and manufacturing services that enable global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry to advance discoveries and deliver groundbreaking treatments to patients. Through its unique business models, WuXi AppTec’s integrated, end-to-end services include chemistry drug CRDMO (Contract Research, Development and Manufacturing Organization), biology discovery, preclinical testing and clinical research services, cell and gene therapies CTDMO (Contract Testing, Development and Manufacturing Organization), helping customers improve the productivity of advancing healthcare products through cost-effective and efficient solutions. WuXi AppTec received AA ESG rating from MSCI in 2021 and its open-access platform is enabling more than 5,600 collaborators from over 30 countries to improve the health of those in need – and to realize the vision that "every drug can be made and every disease can be treated."
The Scrip Awards are now in the 18th year of connecting hundreds of pioneers in global healthcare. Take a look back at our previous Awards and winners.