Huge congratulations to Professor Alan Boyd, CEO and Founder of Boyds, who received the Bionow 2016 Outstanding Contribution Award at the 15th annual Bionow Awards Ceremony on 24th November.
Celebrating the very best of life sciences talent in the North of England, the event was sponsored by Manchester Science Partnerships and the awards recognised the biomedical industry’s highest achievers.
The Outstanding Contribution award, which was sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury, was given in recognition of Professor Boyd’s significant contribution to the development of medicines and pharmaceutical medicine as an industrialist, an educator and an inspirational leader.
Professor Boyd has been an active practising pharmaceutical physician for over 30 years, having worked across all phases of drug development and therapeutic areas. He has worked within large Pharma and smaller biotech organisations, and to date has been involved in bringing around 15 medicinal products to market. His experience also extends to the development of biological, cell and gene therapy products.
More recently Professor Boyd has focused on growing a small consultancy business to support biotechs and institutions focused on early development and translational medicine. Boyds, a client of Nottingham marketing consultancy V Formation, has grown significantly and now employs a team of development professionals supporting clients globally.
Following a three-year term as Vice President of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, in November 2015, Professor Boyd was elected its President.
Alan Boyd said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. I have dedicated my working life to supporting pharmaceutical development for patient benefit. To be recognised for this amongst so many of my peers is truly humbling.”
Geoff Davison, chief executive of Bionow, said: “The shortlist for this year’s awards was a who’s who of talent in the northern region and a testament to the strength and depth of the life sciences sector in the North of England.”
A not-for-profit membership organisation, Bionow supports the North of England’s burgeoning life sciences sector, which currently includes some 1,000 science and healthcare companies with a combined turnover of around £10.9bn. Its member base includes start-ups and spin-outs as well as well-established businesses. The services it offers to firms include dedicated business support programmes, shared procurement schemes and recruitment and training support.
Around 400 people attended the gala dinner at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Cheshire.