Serial life sciences entrepreneur Dr Andy Richards received the BioIndustry Association (BIA) Lifetime Achievement Award at the association’s annual gala dinner last night.
Presenting Andy with the award, Tim Edwards, BIA Chairman, said: “Andy Richards is an enthusiast for and champion of UK bioscience.
"He has established numerous companies that are getting new medicines from an idea to approved products that help patients. He is a true leader in our sector who has continued to put his own money where his mouth is.
"Finally, and quite possibly most importantly, Andy spends time inspiring school and university students to be entrepreneurial and to consider following a career in an innovative sector, such as life sciences.”
Andy Richards said: “It is truly gratifying to be honoured by the BIA in this way, and I would like to thank all of those who have worked with me.
"The UK life-science ecosystem is a tremendous community with the profound capacity to do real good. It punches well above its weight in global impact and has many more successes than are recognised and reported.
"As we enter the age of biology and personalised medicine it is a great place to be with great people.”
The BIA’s Gala Dinner is the UK’s flagship life sciences networking event. Yesterday’s event was attended by 600 sector stakeholders and raised more than £25,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.