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Finalists announced for £20,000 national bioscience innovation prize

19 February 2010

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is pleased to announce the 7 finalists in the 2010 Innovator of the Year Award competition. The following were selected by an independent panel of judges from 36 nominations:

  • Professor Shankar Balasubramanian, University of Cambridge - The creation of Solexa sequencing®: Technology for sequencing genomes
  • Dr Ian Bancroft, Dr Martin Trick, Fiona Fraser and Dr Rachel Wells, John Innes Centre - Sequence-based tools to accelerate crop breeding
  • Professor David Becker, UCL - Nexagon: A novel drug for healing chronic wounds
  • Professor Benjamin Davis, University of Oxford - Synthetic biology in the creation of bioconjugate technologies
  • Professor Dave Goulson, University of Stirling - Bumblebees for everyone
  • Professor Christopher Lowe, University of Cambridge - "Smart" holograms
  • Dr Michael McArthur, John Innes Centre - Potent novel antibacterials to combat drug resistant bacterial infections

The finalists are competing for a £5,000 prize in each of 3 categories:

  • Commercial Innovator
  • Social Innovator
  • Most Promising Innovator

1 of the 3 category winners will be selected as the overall Innovator of the Year 2010, receiving a further £5,000.

All 7 finalists will present to the judging panel on 18 March 2010. The winners will be announced later that evening during an awards ceremony and gala dinner at East Wintergardens, Canary Wharf, London.

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