Medilink East Midlands Press Release

Business Awards

Set To Impress – Medilink East Midlands’ premier annual event – Innovation Day 2017

The business support network for Life Sciences in the region, Medilink East Midlands, will once again be welcoming delegates through the doors of its premier event, Innovation Day, on 15th June 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Nottingham. With an exciting line-up of speakers and 30 companies exhibiting, it’s set to be a significant event for the Life Sciences.

Returning to host and also to give her own highly regarded insights is Vivienne Parry OBE, science writer and broadcaster. Vivienne has a wealth of experience presenting for the likes of the BBC and despite being in popular demand as a facilitator for events, Innovation Day remains a firm favourite in her diary. The programme features Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, perhaps one of the most influential business figures in the region. Furthermore, Sir John will give an overview of the initiative and offer guidance on what it means for businesses. Other government representatives presenting are Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Loughborough and John Jeans, MedTech Champion for the Government’s Office for Life Sciences.

Company perspectives will be provided by Dr Mark Egerton, CEO of Quotient Clinical and Richard Bradley, Pharmacy Director, Boots UK. As well as David Browning, Senior VP, MediCity. Delegates will also hear from Dr Darren Clark, Chief Executive of Medilink East Midlands and Professor Mike Hannay, Managing Director of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

Finally, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Gibson MBE, Defence Medical Directorate will give a presentation on Innovation within Defence Medical Services, made all the more significant with the news of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre re-locating to the East Midlands, making the region the UK lead for defence and trauma medicine.

Business Awards

Innovation Day also culminates with the Medilink East Midlands Business awards. These celebrate the accomplishments of Life Sciences organisations from across the region. An independent panel of judges have  shortlisted twelve companies from over 40 applications. Awards are available in the following categories:

  • Start-up, sponsored by BioCity Group
  • Export Achievement, sponsored by the Department for International Trade East Midlands
  • Collaboration with the NHS, sponsored by East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • Innovation, sponsored by Potter Clarkson
  • Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals.

Upperton Ltd, a pharmaceutical spray drying and formulation services company based at BioCity, Nottingham, has been shortlisted in two of the five possible awards. Creator of RainbowTrays™ Leicestershire-based Uvamed, and Suez WCS Ltd, a water treatment company in Northamptonshire – are also both shortlisted in two categories.
Other finalist companies are: Nutravitality, and NuVision (Start-Up); Ayva Pharma, and Platelet Solutions (Export Achievement); OCB Media, and Q Biotechnologies (Collaboration with the NHS); Attenborough Dental and Nemaura Pharma (Innovation) and Promethean Particles (Outstanding Achievement).
The Medilink EM Awards are the most significant Life Science awards in the region. All companies have made most noteworthy contributions to their respective fields over the past year.

Dr Darren Clark, Chief Executive, Medilink East Midlands commented;

‘Year in year out, we continue to be impressed with the high quality of applications we receive. The twelve finalist companies should all be very proud to have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards. We wish them the best of luck on the night.’

The Medilink East Midlands Innovation Day is an event not to be missed! Please also go to to find out more.