Finalists revealed for 2021-22 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

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The finalists for the 2021-22 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards have been revealed.

The awards, now in their fifth year, attracted a record number of entries this year, which meant the expert panel of judges had an even tougher time whittling down the final shortlist.

This year’s shortlist reads like a who’s who of talent in the Cambridge region, featuring everything from start-ups to well established global organisations.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre on the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, on May 11.

Paul Brackley, Cambridge Independent Editor, said: “Congratulations to all those who made our shortlist from the hundreds of entries we considered.

“The standard this year was again extraordinary, with fantastic achievements evident across multiple sectors. This year, we’ve seen the emergence of intriguing new start-ups and ideas. We’ve witnessed promising young companies grow ever more confident and innovative as they scale. And we’ve seen established companies stretch their wings further and achieve greater levels of success, against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic.

“I’d like to thank all those who entered, or nominated others, our judging panel for generously giving their time, and all of our sponsors for the invaluable support that enables us to host this celebration of talent. We look forward to revealing the winners later this spring.

“We are delighted to be holding our ceremony at one of the most prestigious locations for science and technology anywhere in Europe.”

Employer of the Year and the Enterprise Skills Award have been added to the list of business categories this year, and CEO of the Year and Researcher of the Year have been added to the categories for individuals.

Invitations to the ceremony will be sent out to our finalists shortly. Each finalist will get two free places.

Here’s a full list of all the finalists:

Start-up of the Year
Sponsored by Kao Data

  • iKVA

  • Creasallis

  • electronRx

  • Ever Resource

STEM Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by CityFibre

  • Cambridge LaunchPad from Form the Future

  • Epigenetics Escape Room Team, from Babraham Institute

  • My STEMM Futures from Wellcome Connecting Science and Wellcome Sanger Institute

  • PDB Art project, led by Deepti Gupta, of the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe) at EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute

  • PuntSeq Cambridge, led by Dr Lara Urban, Dr Maximilian Stammnitz and Dr Andre Holzer

  • Virus Fighter, from Babraham Institute

The Enterprise Skills Award
Sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School


  • Abcam

  • Owlstone Medical

  • Wellcome Genome Campus

Medtech Company of the Year
Sponsored by Sagentia Innovation

  • 52 North Health

  • C2-Ai

  • Equivital

  • Kalium Health

  • Medovate

Cleantech Company of the Year
Sponsored by Woodfines Solicitors

  • Dresscode Shirts

  • Ever Resource

  • Carbon13

  • Camnexus

Employer of the Year
Sponsored by COEL

  • Abcam

  • BIOS Health


  • Domino Printing

  • Shearline Precision Engineering

Researcher of the Year
Sponsored by AstraZeneca

  • Dr Gemma Mudd, group leader, peptide medicinal chemistry, Bicycle Therapeutics

  • Dr Nadia Radzman, research associate, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

  • Dr Ewan Harrison, career development fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, senior research associate at the Department of Medicine and honorary senior fellow at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, both at the University of Cambridge

  • Dr Immacolata Porreca, senior scientist II, Horizon Discovery

  • Dr Robert D Finn, section head, genome assembly and annotation, and team leader, microbiome informatics, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute

AI Company of the Year
Sponsored by Appleyard Lees

  • C2-Ai

  • electronRx

  • Featurespace

  • iKVA

  • Luminance


Biotech Company of the Year
Sponsored by Chesterford Research Park

  • Arecor Therapeutics

  • Bicycle Therapeutics


  • Healx

  • Microbiotica

CEO of the Year
Sponsored by Bidwells

  • Sarah Howell, Arecor Therapeutics

  • Alan Hirzel, Abcam

  • David Hughes, CN Bio Innovations

  • Mark Kotter,

  • Kevin Lee, Bicycle Therapeutics

  • Prashant Shah, CEO of o2h co work labs and co-founder, o2h Group

  • Owen Thompson, Cambridge Future Tech

  • Stuart Thomson, MD of Medovate

The Tech for Good Award
Sponsored by Allia Future Business Centre, Cambridge

  • 52 North Health

  • Audiotelligence

  • Congenica

  • DressCode Shirts

  • Healx

  • Springboard Pro

The One to Watch
Sponsored by cofinitive

  • Cambridge Future Tech

  • PitPat

  • electronRx

The Award for Innovation
Sponsored by Illumina

  • Advent Bioservices

  • Evonetix

  • Grant Instruments

  • Milner Therapeutics Institute

  • Start Codon

  • Value Xd

Technology Company of the Year
Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University

  • Congenica

  • Featurespace

  • FocalPoint Positioning

  • IQGeo

  • Meteor Inkjet

Life Science Company of the Year
Sponsored by BioStrata

  • Avacta

  • CN Bio

  • Microbiotica

  • PetMedix

  • PhoreMost

In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by JDJ Creative

The winner of the In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award will be revealed on the night.

The award is designed to honour an individual whose work has made an extraordinary and lasting impact on a sector or field. Named after JDJ Creative’s In Search of Wonder initiative, the winner of this award has been carefully selected by the judges after long consideration. It was not open to the public.

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