Awards

Congratulations to our two 2017 award winners, who were presented with their awards during the 11th Annual PLG Business Development Awards Evening, held at The Law Society, London, on 8th February 2018:

PLG Business Development of the Year Award – Judith Parker, Public Health England

AstraZeneca Business Development Executive of the Year Award – Jane Dancer, F-star Biotechnology

The UK PLG makes two Business Development awards each year where we recognise the contribution made by individuals to the healthcare business development community.

These awards are open to executives from European based companies and are presented at the PLG’s Annual Dinner held in February/March of each year in London.  The event attracts around 100 CEOs and business development & licensing executives from across the industry.

The AstraZeneca award for the Business Development Executive of the Year is given to a person who has directly contributed to achieving one or more deals that have been significant or transformative for their company during the past year.

Previous Winners

  • 2017 – Jane Dancer, F-star Biotechnology
  • 2016 – Karen LaRochelle, PsiOxus Therapeutics
  • 2015 – Francois Fornieri, Mithra Pharmaceuticals
  • 2014 – Thorsten Umland, Bayer HealthCare
  • 2013 – Joint Winners – Joanne Kelley, AstraZeneca & Barbara Krebs-Pohl, MorphoSys
  • 2012 – Catherine Pickering, Merck Serono
  • 2011 – Daniel Thomas, Alliance
  • 2010 – Sean McKercher, Ipsen
  • 2009 – Martin Buckland, Astex Therapeutics
  • 2008 – Keith Martin, Apitope
  • 2007 – Eva-Lotta Allen, Ablynx

The second award is the PLG Business Development Best Newcomer of the Year, which is awarded to a new entrant or person with limited experience who has made significant progress in their business development skills and experience.

Previous Winners

  • 2017 – Judith Parker, Public Health England
  • 2016 – Benjamin Owens, EUSA Pharma
  • 2015 – Anne Vroon, Genmab
  • 2014 – Arnaud Wieczorek, Onxeo
  • 2013 – Cedric Ververken, Ablynx
  • 2012 – Peter Huber-Saffer, AstraZeneca, Germany
  • 2011 – Ashley Cox, Glenmark
  • 2010 – Angela Columbano, Merck
  • 2009 – John Strafford, Antisoma & Giorgio Pinci, Merck Serono
  • 2008 – Rebecca Forster, Mundipharma
  • 2007 – Steve Skilleter, Thornton Ross