The UK PLG holds Business Development awards each year where we come together to recognise the contributions and achievements of colleagues within the healthcare business development community. We are very pleased to announce a new award for 2019 as part of our 35th anniversary celebrations, PLG Deal of the Year Award. Nominations for the 2018 Business Development awards are now open, with a closing date of 25th January 2019.

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

Please nominate using the links below to our online nomination forms:


NEW – PLG Deal of the Year

Nominations are welcomed from companies across the healthcare industry who executed a licensing deal or a company or asset acquisition that completed between 1st December 2017 and 30th November 2018. 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.

Business Development Executive of the Year

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 December 2017 and 30th November 2018.

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 third 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