By Abbie Barker – Marketing Account Executive - 21 Jun 2018


The annual European Mediscience Awards took place last week and Design Portfolio is still celebrating a night of success!

Thursday 14 June saw over 500 quoted and private European mediscience companies gather at The Brewery in London along with their corporate advisers, fund managers, commentators and peers eager to see what the evening had in store.

The mood was elated in the decorative courtyard as hosts, sponsors and guests of private and publicly quoted healthcare, biotech and life science companies in Europe mingled at the drinks reception, sponsored by Design Portfolio.

Design Portfolio’s Research and Strategy team was pleased to once again provide detailed benchmarking reports to support the judging process and aid the recognition and commemoration of success within the sector. Our Chairman, Ian Restall, is also the Chairman of the Voting Panel and has helped hundreds of companies in this sector with their investor communications and corporate reporting requirements over the years.

Soon enough, eager nominees took to their seats for dinner and the evening officially began.

Hosted by Louise Minchin, a hugely respected journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter for the BBC, the winners were announced as follows:

  • Best Communication Award – Oxford BioMedica
  • Breakthrough of the Year Award – Novartis
  • Best Technology Award – C4X Discovery
  • Mediscience Media Commentator of the Year Award – Jacob Plieth/EP Vantage
  • Capital Market Transaction of the Year Award – Ablynx NV
  • Most Significant Contribution to the Mediscience Sector Award – Werner Lanthaler/Evotec AG
  • Chief Executive of the Year Award – Alan Hirzel/Abcam plc
  • Emerging Star of the Year Award – Autolus Ltd
  • Company of the Year Award – Argenx SE

We were especially delighted that our client and guest, Neil Bell, Senior Vice President and Head of Clinical Operations, collected the award for Autolus for Emerging Star of the Year. Our client C4X also won Best Technology Award.A charitable collection was also held to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, the chosen charity for this year’s awards.

Guests were entertained with comedy from Josh Widdicombe and celebrations continued into the night allowing an excellent opportunity to network and congratulate this year’s winners.

Many congratulations to all the nominees and the winners of 2018!

We look forward to next year and another celebration of outstanding achievements in the sector.