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Celebrating Innovation and Achievement in UK Life Sciences

The OBN Awards 2017, now in their 9th year, celebrate innovation and outstanding achievement across the UK Life Sciences industry. Categories are broad ranging and include Biotech, Medtech, Synthetic Biology, Digital Healthcare and Investment.  This year we will be launching a brand new category, Best CRO which looks to recognise the critical support services provided by Contract Research Organisations across the pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech industries.


After a successful venue move in 2016, the Awards will this year be returning to the Oxford Town Hall, an elegant and prestigious setting in central Oxford. The evening begins with a networking drinks reception, followed by dinner and the awards presentation, with plenty of time afterwards for celebrating and catching up with friends and colleagues from across the industry.

Location & timings

The event is being held at the Oxford Town Hall and will start with a drinks reception in The Old Library and Assembly Room from 18:30, followed by dinner in the Main Hall at 19:00. Formal proceedings finish at 22.30, with last orders at 23.30.




Wye Valley Smoked Trout, Crab Salad, Keta, Horseradish and Mizuna. Lemon Oil Dressing

Main Course

Roasted Breast of Creedy Chicken, Crispy Wings. Lyonnaise Potatoes, Leeks with Pancetta and Thyme


Spiced Pear and Blackberry Crumble, Cardamom Cream

 Vegetarian Menu


-English Heritage Tomato Salad with Goats Cheese Croquettes, Basil Jelly, and Black Olive Tapenade

 Main Course

Roasted Butternut and Spinach Pithivier, Lyonnaise Potatoes, Leeks with Thyme


As above

Dress code:

Black tie or dark business attire.  Ladies are welcome to wear long evening or cocktail dresses.


Venue details

The dinner is being held at the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX.

We are delighted to have our esteemed panel of judges evaluating the nominations we receive. Judges include:

  • Dara Henry – Director, Immunology Innovation Fund – GSK
  • Bryan Morton – Executive Chair – EUSA Pharma & VH2
  • Sue Charles – Managing Partner – Instinctif Partners
  • Ewa Truchanowicz – Business Engagement Manager – The BioHub Birmingham
  • Alan O’Connell – Partner – Seroba Life Sciences
  • John Chaddock – Vice President – Neurology, Site Head – Ipsen
  • Bill Fleming – CFO – Oxitec
  • Caroline Barelle – CFO – Elasmogen
  • Anton Hutter – Partner & Patent Attorney – Venner Shipley
  • Etienne Vervaecke – General Manager – Eurasante
  • Carolyn Porter – Deputy Head of Technology Transfer – OUI

The Awards are always a sell-out, so if you are interested in sponsoring, booking a table or ticket or would like to enter one of the categories, then please see the relevant page of this website or email us for more information.