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Innovator of the Year 2018

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Excitement is building ahead of the 2018 Innovator of the Year awards that take place in London on 16 May 2018.

Twelve finalists will compete to be named BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2018 at The Mermaid in London. The Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, Sir Mark Walport will meet the finalists ahead of the presentation of awards.

UK Research and Innovation was formed in April by bringing together seven research councils, including BBSRC, Innovate UK and Research England.

The awards, now in their 10th year, are made in a number of categories that include: commercial impact, social impact, international impact and early career impact.

From key discoveries around DNA damage and its repair, that led to a range of anti-cancer drugs being used in clinical trials, to a new tool for examining how eyes perceive polarised light which is helping spot the leading cause of incurable blindness - the awards have recognised a range of talented people who have translated their research discoveries into impact.

Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of BBSRC added: “I’m especially delighted that we are celebrating 10 years of Innovator of the Year this year. BBSRC has a history of celebrating research achievements and the ground breaking work taking place in institutes and universities across the UK. The awards are a celebration of all that hard work and I wish all of those taking part the very best of luck.”

Winners in each category will receive a £10,000 award, with a further £10,000 for the overall winner. The awards will be made at The Mermaid London on 16 May 2018.



The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by government, BBSRC invested £469 million in world-class bioscience in 2016-17. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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