The 12th PLG Business Development Awards took place on Thursday 7th February 2019 at the home of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square in London.

The wonderful evening brought together 100 guests from across the healthcare business development and deal-making community for a networking reception and awards dinner. The PLG Business Development Awards evening was a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate achievements during 2018.

The PLG would like to thank all those who made a nomination for this years awards, there were lots of strong nominations for 2018. We look forward to another successful year for deal in 2019 and plenty of nominations for the 13th PLG Business Development Awards in 2020.



Clockwise from top left: Michale Bouskila-Chubb (Healx) accepting her BD Newcomer of the Year award from PLG Chair, Kay Tait, and Sharon Finch; Prashant Godse accepting the AstraZeneca BD Executive of the Year award from Steve Twait on behalf Alex Falgas (Accord Healthcare); Simon Elliott (Evercore) in action during his after-dinner speech; Mundipharma BD team celebrating their PLG Deal of the Year award

PLG Deal of the Year, sponsored by Thornton & Ross

Nominations are welcomed from companies across the healthcare industry who executed a significant transaction that completed between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019. Entries will be judged by reference to the deal’s overall impact, including its monetary value, strategic fit, and whether the deal was transformational for the company, business unit or industry.

First Winner

  • 2018 – Mundipharma International, acquisition of Cinfa Biotech deal

Business Development Executive of the Year, sponsored by AstraZeneca

Nominations are welcomed for an individual who exceeded expectations and made an exceptional or unique contribution in support of a business development deal or deals that completed between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019.

Previous Winners

  • 2018 – Alex Falgas, Accord Healthcare
  • 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

PLG Business Development Best Newcomer of the Year

The third award 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

  • 2018 – Michale Bouskila-Chubb, Healx
  • 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

Upcoming Award Events

13th PLG Business Development Awards

Thursday 30th April 2020 (30 Euston Square, London)

In a slight change to previous events, the 13th PLG Business Development Awards will be held at the end of April, allowing more time and…

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