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Celebrating 10 years of Innovation and Achievement in the Life Sciences Industry

Please see our 2018 Winners.

2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of the OBN Awards, that’s 10 years of celebration and recognition for the leading lights of the Life Sciences industry.


The OBN Awards have grown steadily each year, both in the number of entries received and also in the level of support we get from the industry, so much so that we are on the move again. We are delighted to announce that the 2018 awards will be taking place in the impressive and inspiring space of the Examination Schools in Oxford. The evening will be hosted in both the South and North Writing Schools, which allows us to increase capacity on the night to 300 guests.


The Examination Schools were built between 1876 and 1882 and designed by Sir Thomas Jackson; the historic Grade II listed building was created to house the University of Oxford’s examinations and are still used today.


Each year we review and refine the OBN Award categories and criteria to ensure they remain relevant and interesting to our audience.


For 2018 we recognised some new areas of achievement:


• The medtech categories have been split in two; the first recognises the Best Diagnostic or Imaging medtech Company, the second recognises a non- Diagnostics medtech Company


• The digital category has evolved to recognise a company that is best using a digital approach to improving healthcare


• A Best Specialist CRO category has been introduced to recognise a contract research organisation that works in a niche area


• The Best Sector Support category is a new, broad ranging award that recognises outstanding levels of support or service to companies in the life sciences sector, by a general CRO, law firm, IP agent, science park, sector organisation or government body

Location & timings

The event is being held at the Oxford Examination Schools and will start with a drinks reception in from 18:30, followed by dinner at 19:00. Formal proceedings finish at 22.30, with last orders at 23.30.


Venue address: South & North Writing Schools, Examination Schools, University of Oxford, The High Street, Oxford, OX1.


Dress code: Black-tie formal wear

The Awards are always a sell-out, so if you are interested in sponsoring, nominating or booking, please email