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Meet the sponsors of the 2023 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

The 2023 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards are a celebration of talent and achievements.

We are proud to be supported in these awards by a fantastic set of sponsors, representing a diverse array of fields.

The sixth Science and Technology Awards will once again help us to spread the stories of innovation across the Cambridge region in sectors from biotech to cleantech, AI to research.

Entry has now closed and you can see the shortlisted finalists here. Nominees will be given free tickets. Additional tickets are available to purchase via Eventbrite here.

Here, we introduce our sponsors and thank them for their support.

The sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2023
The sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2023

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 sixty 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 2023 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.

Bruntwood SciTech

Sponsoring The Award for Innovation

Bruntwood SciTech offers world class office, laboratory and co-working space across the UK and is home to over 500 science and technology businesses. A 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General, they create specialist working environments and provide support for businesses to start, scale and innovate. With science and technology ecosystems located in Manchester, Cheshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow, they acquired Melbourn Science Park, Cambridgeshire, in 2021. Visit https://bruntwood.co.uk/scitech/

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Cambridge Science Park

Sponsoring STEM Initiative of the Year

The Cambridge Science Park offers unrivalled opportunities for collaboration, innovation and inspiration.

Set in 150 acres of Parkland, it's home to a thriving community of scientists and entrepreneurs working on life-enhancing technologies, ranging from plant protein-based plastics and cancer-detecting breath technology to cutting-edge gaming.

With plans for an ambitious new cycle of investment focused on sustainability and amenity enhancement, we continuously strive to provide the very best facilities in a supportive, community-based environment for our members.

Interested in building a better world at the Cambridge Science Park? Discover more: https://www.cambridgesciencepark.co.uk.

Chesterford Research Park

Sponsoring AI 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 Employer of the Year

COEL specialises in office and laboratory refurbishment including design and fit out for both landlords and tenants.

The company offers a full turnkey service including providing furniture, commercial relocation, and storage, whilst their subsidiary company CPMS, specialises in mechanical services and property maintenance.

Founded over 35 years ago, COEL has enjoyed working with many companies in the science and technology sector creating state-of-the-art laboratories.

Their priority remains to create enhanced workspaces, which are adapted to meet each client’s bespoke requirements. Designing and fitting out exceptional working environments, which provide a platform for employees and their organisations to develop and thrive.


Sponsoring The One to Watch

cofinitive delivers impactful communications for companies poised to make a difference in the world. Our focus is tech and innovation. All tech. Any innovation. And we work with clients locally, nationally and globally on strategy, marketing, communication, PR and branding, supporting our region’s reputation as the UK centre for science, technology and innovation, and promoting our entrepreneurs’ breakthrough innovations and successes widely.

In 2018, we created The One To Watch category, a spin-out from our own #21toWatch campaign, to support the Cambridge ecosystem further by spotlighting the emerging start-ups setting new standards for game-changing innovation and entrepreneurship in Cambridge.

The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School

Sponsoring The Enterprise Skills Award

The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School has a mission to support entrepreneurial talent development and the translation of new ideas into practice from Cambridge and beyond; develop and share thought-leadership that establishes the University as a global knowledge locus for entrepreneurship; and enhance the development of management capacity within the Cambridge entrepreneurial 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.

JDJ Creative

Sponsoring the In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award

Founded in 2011, JDJ Creative is a brand design and digital agency that enables our clients to communicate better through integrated creative and content strategies.

In Search of Wonder has always been our company ethos. We are inspired by the ground-breaking developments made by our clients in Cambridge and across the globe.

Energised by the world-changing ideas we see each day, we are always curious to learn more. It is why we immerse ourselves in our clients’ projects, taking the time to understand the content we produce on their behalf.

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating others who have dedicated themselves to a pursuit of wonder.

Kao Data

Sponsoring Start-up of the Year

High performance data centre operator Kao Data is proud to be sponsoring the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards’ Start-up of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Located at the gateway to the UK Innovation Corridor, and among a hotbed of cutting-edge start-up organisations, its multi-award-winning and hyperscale-inspired platform houses some of the UK’s most advanced high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), and life science workloads.

Amongst its industry-leading clients is NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer. It is also proud to work with NVIDIA Inception Partners, supporting the supercomputing requirements of start-ups such as InstaDeep, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) powered decision-making solutions for enterprise. Among its other world-class customers is Speechmatics, the leading speech recognition technology scale-up, providing highly accurate speech-to-text to global enterprise businesses.

“Cambridge, and the UK Innovation Corridor has world-leading reputation for developing ground-breaking life science, pharmaceutical and AI technologies, and its start-up community remains vital to the country’s position as a leader in tech,” said Lee Myall, CEO, Kao Data. “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Start-up of the Year Award, and excited to see the new technological advances being developed right here, within our local ecosystem.”

Mission Street

Sponsoring CEO of the Year

Mission Street is a real estate investor, operator, and developer focused on the delivery of creative solutions for the evolving science and innovation sector.

Our mission is to become the partner of choice for the UK’s research and innovation sector, supporting the entire lifecycle from discovery to R&D and manufacturing.

Our growing development portfolio includes over 1,000,000 square feet of committed projects in Cambridge, Oxford, and Bristol.

We are a major investor in Cambridge, bringing forward the 23-acre Coldhams Lane development and The Press, Foxton.

Sagentia Innovation

Sponsoring Medtech Company of the Year

Sagentia Innovation 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.

Woodfines Solicitors

Sponsoring Cleantech Company of the Year

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

The firm, which provides a full range of legal services across Cambridge, Bedford and Milton Keynes, is known for providing strategic and pragmatic legal support, advising at every stage of a business’s development across the full spectrum of corporate issues. Woodfines’ commercial team advises on business transactions, property requirements, employment law and dispute resolution, and is an associate founder member of Cambridge Cleantech. As sponsors of the Cleantech Company of the Year category, we look forward to learning about the pioneering companies embracing technology to put sustainability at the heart of what they do.

Zyme Communications

Sponsoring Life Science Company of the Year

Zyme Communications provides PR and marketing services for the life science sector globally. Founded in 2010, and with offices in Cambridge and Manchester in the UK, we support companies to raise their profile, build corporate value and generate interest from commercial leads, investors and partners. Our experienced team are specialists in life science communications, with expertise gained in-house and agency side, offering the flexibility to support both early-stage companies and large multinationals. For more information please visit www.zymecommunications.com or contact info@zymecommunications.com.

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