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London – November 29, 2018 – Scrip Intelligence, part of the Informa Pharma Intelligence family, today announces the winners of its 14th Annual Scrip Awards; Novartis was the night’s biggest winner, taking home two wins for Syneos Health’s Best New Drug Award for Kymriah and Executive of the Year – For Large & Medium Cap Companies (sponsored by Lachman Consultants) for Vas Narasimham. MSD took home the coveted Pharma Company of the Year Award (sponsored by CMIC) and shared the win with AstraZeneca for Licensing Deal of the Year (sponsored by Worldwide Clinical Trials) for their deal for covering Lynparza and selumetinib. The 2018 Scrip’s Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by ICON) winner was Sir John Bell.

The Scrip Awards acknowledge and commend the pharmaceutical sector’s stand-out performers across all areas of the industry, recognizing both corporate and individual achievements. New this year, Scrip introduced the Best Use of Real-World Evidence category to witness the increasing importance of proving the benefits of new drugs in the market.




Scrip’s Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by ICON)

Sir John Bell

Pharma Company of the Year (sponsored by CMIC)


Syneos Health's Best New Drug Award (sponsored by Syneos Health)

Novartis’s Kymriah and Kite Pharma/Gilead Sciences’ Yescarta

WuXi AppTec’s Biotech Company of the Year Award (sponsored by WuXI AppTec)


Community Partnership of the Year (sponsored by Medidata)

Beximco Pharma with DSM Nutritional Products and Sight & Life Global Nutrition Research Institute

IQVIA’s Clinical Advance of the Year Award (sponsored by IQVIA)

GW Pharmaceuticals’ Phase III GWPCARE4 trial of Epidiolex for refractory epilepsy

Executive of the Year – For Large & Medium Cap Companies (sponsored by Lachman Consultants)

Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis

Executive of the Year – For Small Cap & Private Pharma Companies (sponsored by Lachman Consultants)

Raman Singh, CEO of Mundipharma Singapore

Licensing Deal of the Year (sponsored by Worldwide Clinical Trials)

AstraZeneca and Merck & Co (MSD) for Lynparza and selumetinib

Masters Speciality Pharma’s Best Company in an Emerging Market (sponsored by Masters Speciality Pharma)

WuXi Biologics

Business Development Team of the Year (sponsored by Skipta)

Evotec’s business development team

Best Contract Research Organization – Full-Service Providers


Best Contract Research Organization – Specialist Providers


Best Partnership Alliance

F-star and Denali Therapeutics to develop a multi-specific platform for delivery of medicines across the blood-brain barrier

Financing Deal of the Year – Public (sponsored by MC Services)

Ablynx’s $200m US IPO on NASDAQ

Financing Deal of the Year – Private (sponsored by MC Services)

BioNTech’s $270m Series A financing

Best Use of Real-World Evidence

PAREXEL International’s Multiple Sclerosis Algorithms Development and Validation project

Best Technological Development in Clinical Trials – Clinical Sponsor-focused

Covance’s Xcellerate CRA Dashboard

Best Technological Development in Clinical Trials – Tech Sponsor-focused

Medidata’s Medidata Rave Engage

To see the full list of Scrip Awards winners please visit:

Mike Ward, Global Head of Content, said: "Year after year it has become increasingly important for us to take a step back and recognize the exceptional accomplishments of both companies and individuals driving the pharmaceutical industry forward. Tasked with the challenge of improving global health, R&D innovation this past year has driven more activity in the sector than ever before. The quality of the entries this year was outstanding and we’re looking forward to seeing this momentum continue in the year to come.”

The Scrip Awards are managed by Scrip Intelligence, the premier source of information for the pharmaceutical industry and part of Informa Pharma Intelligence. Scrip provides information, analysis and knowledge for business decision makers in a changing and increasingly complex pharmaceuticals environment. The awards were announced during a ceremony presented by the Right Honourable Lord (William) Hague on November 28, 2018.

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