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Meet the sponsors of the 2020 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards are a celebration of the extraordinary talent and achievements of the science and technology sectors in our region.

Our annual awards would not be possible without the generous support of these sponsors.

Entry to the awards has now closed and judging will now take place.

Contact paul.brackley@iliffemedia.co.uk to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2020
Sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2020

Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge

Sponsoring the Tech for Good Award

Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge offers flexible workspace, business support and a vibrant community for businesses who are creating social and environmental change. It is home to a range of small businesses that develop and create tech-for-good innovations in areas such as Cleantech, Agritech, and Healthtech – as well as education, wellbeing and community regeneration.

Our Tech for Good award will recognise the very best businesses that work hard to develop innovative solutions using technology with purpose, to address local and global challenges and create positive impact.

Appleyard Lees

Sponsoring Biotech Company of the Year

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm with over fifty patent and trademark attorneys and litigators.

Who we are and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.

We help our clients protect and monetise their intellectual property, and manage post-grant challenges, should they arise.

We offer broad sector and industry knowledge, plus the ability to adapt our services to specific client requirements, in an agile way.

With offices in UK innovation hotspots, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the UK and worldwide.


Sponsoring Researcher of the Year

This year more than ever has highlighted the importance of scientific innovation and its impact in society and healthcare. The Researcher of the Year category in the 2020 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards recognises accomplishment in scientific endeavours, particularly where the researcher has overcome hurdles to achieve outstanding scientific results. The breadth of this category, which covers all areas of research and technological advancement in both commercial and academic settings, demonstrates the increasing porousness and transferability of skills in Cambridge’s scientific cluster, a cluster that AstraZeneca is very proud to be part of.


Sponsoring Life Science Company of the Year

As a specialist life science marketing communications agency, BioStrata drives scientific progress by connecting people and technology.

The expert team works with customers worldwide to assist in the adoption of cutting-edge products and services that drive scientific discovery and impact the world around us.

Started by Paul Avery PhD and Clare Russell PhD, the company’s growing team with offices in Cambridge (UK) and Boston (US) includes a significant number of people with deep scientific knowledge, such as PhD-qualified scientists and others who spent time in laboratories earlier in their careers. Clients include companies working in research tools, healthcare, diagnostics, lab automation, biotechnology, drug discovery and pharmaceutical sectors.

Cambridge Precision Ltd

Sponsoring the Award for Innovation

Cambridge Precision Ltd is a leading manufacturer of specialist, bespoke components, predominantly for the medtech / critical technology sectors, also undertaking complex electro-mechanical assembly projects.

The company is a global leader in the field of precision engineering and has become the partner of choice for companies that seek manufacturing excellence and ‘design for manufacturing’ expertise.

CPL is widely accredited, respected as a partner to take ideas from concept to full production, and increasingly recognised as an authority in the manufacture of highly technical products.

Chesterford Research Park

Sponsoring Medtech Company of the Year

Chesterford Research Park offers modern, dynamic and flexible laboratory and office space set within 250 acres of parkland near Cambridge.

Its prestigious, bespoke HQ buildings and fully fitted advanced laboratory space and office facilities are perfectly appointed for both established and early stage biotechnology, pharmaceutical and technology R&D companies.

Chesterford’s innovative occupiers thrive in the state-of-the-art buildings and enjoy contemporary, central facilities - scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs working side by side on the development of life-changing drugs, devices and technology, all within this sustainable environment. To discover more, please visit www.chesterfordresearchpark.com.


Sponsoring The One to Watch

As a Cambridge-based PR and marketing communications business, cofinitive are at the leading edge of the entrepreneurship and start-up scene on a local, national and international basis.

Faye Holland, founder of cofinitive, said: “In 2018 we created The One to Watch category in the Science and Technology Awards, to support the Cambridge ecosystem, and as a key part of our own #21toWatch campaign. This award seeks to identify the next raft of companies that are setting the standards in innovation and entrepreneurship in Cambridge. We’re excited to be leading this award again in 2020 and can’t wait to see the shortlist.”

The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School

Sponsoring AI Company of the Year

The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School has a mission to support the University of Cambridge’s entrepreneurial talent development and commercialisation of new ideas; develop and share thought-leadership for the University as a global knowledge locus for innovation and entrepreneurship and to enhance the development of management capacity within the Cambridge ecosystem and beyond. The Centre works closely with staff, students, alumni, academic, industry and government partners to design, develop and deliver a range of initiatives that drive economic and social impact through education, research and practice.

Faculty of Science and Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University

Sponsoring Technology Company of the Year

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers taught and research degrees across the diverse disciplines of science and technology, from animal behaviour to sport and exercise therapy, optometry to psychology, computing and artificial intelligence to biomedical science and from forensic science to mechanical engineering.

We are committed to increasing the numbers of women and under-represented groups in STEM careers, and work closely with industry to ensure that our inclusive and innovative programmes provide students with the skills that employers need. Our world-leading research informs our transformative teaching, and provides opportunities to add value to businesses and the wider community.

Kao Data

Sponsoring Start-up of the Year

Launched in 2018, Kao Data develop and operate advanced data centres for high performance computing. From our hyperscale inspired campus in the heart of the UK Innovation Corridor between London and Cambridge, we provide HPC, cloud, AI and enterprise customers with a world-class home for their compute.

Spencer Lamb, vice president at Kao Data, says: “At Kao Data, we provide the infrastructure that underpins innovation – and so we are especially proud to be sponsoring the Start-up of the Year category which recognises the important accomplishments and contributions by the innovative businesses in and around Cambridge.”


Sponsoring STEM Initiative of the Year

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software.

MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualisation, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems.

Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 4500 people in 16 countries.For additional information, visit mathworks.com.


Sponsoring the Covid-19 Response Award

Sagentia is a global science, product and technology development company. Our mission is to help companies maximise the value of their investments in R&D.

We partner with clients in the medical, consumer and industrial sectors to help them understand the technology and market landscape, decide their future strategy, solve the complex science and technology challenges and deliver commercially successful products.


Sponsoring CEO of the Year

Tilney is an award-winning financial planning and investment management group building on a heritage of more than 180 years. Our clients trust us to manage £25billion of their wealth.

From our office in Cambridge, we provide financial advice to individuals, their families, companies and charities. We work to create and implement a financial plan to help our clients achieve the future they want, even in uncertain times.

The world is changing for business owners and executives, from planning for “what ifs” to finances for your new normal – our experts can help. Your personal wealth is our personal responsibility.


Sponsoring Cleantech Company of the Year

Woodfines Solicitors is pleased to again be sponsoring the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards, having done so since their inception.

The firm, who provide a full range of legal services across Cambridge, Bedford and Milton Keynes, are known for providing specialist legal support to a wide range of businesses, from the day an idea is formulated, through to fruition and beyond. Woodfines’ commercial team, advising on business transactions, property requirements, employment law and dispute resolution, and based on Clarendon Road in Cambridge, are associate founder members of Cambridge Cleantech and are passionate about supporting innovative companies from the cleantech sector.

Prize Partner: Eastern AHSN

Eastern AHSN will be providing mentoring and advuce for one of our nominees.

Our purpose at Eastern AHSN is to turn great ideas into positive health impact.

We were established by the NHS to convene all partners in the health sector, to develop and deliver innovative solutions in health and care. Our focus is the East of England, but we are part of a national network which enables us to deliver at scale.

Citizens, academia, health services and industry will achieve more working together than they will in isolation. Our job is to make this happen. We do this by helping innovators to navigate complex systems, generate value propositions and connect stakeholders to overcome challenges together.

The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2020 (36195114)
The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2020 (36195114)

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