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2021 Shortlist and winners

The shortlist is shown below. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 16 November at the European Mediscience Awards 2021, subject to government guidelines.

Best Communication Award

Sponsored by | Optimum Strategic Communications 


  • Calliditas Therapeutics AB
  • Ergomed plc
  • Spire Healthcare Group plc
  • UDG Healthcare plc
  • Valneva SE
  • Vectura Group plc

Breakthrough of the Year Award

Sponsored by | FTI Consulting 


  • Amryt Pharma plc
  • argenX SE
  • BioNTech SE
  • Calliditas Therapeutics AB
  • Diurnal Group plc
  • Synairgen plc

Best Technology Award

Sponsored by | MC Services AG  


  • Avacta Group plc
  • BioNTech SE
  • CureVac BV
  • MaxCyte Inc.
  • Oxford BioMedica plc
  • PureTech Health plc

The Emerging Star Award

Sponsored by | Design Portfolio 


  • Arecor Ltd
  • Artios Pharma Ltd
  • Callaly
  • eTheRNA
  • Evox Therapeutics
  • IO biotech
  • Nanoform Finland plc
  • Prilenia Therapeutics B.V.
  • Sanifit Therapeutics S.A.
  • Verici Dx plc

Mediscience Commentator of the Year Award

Sponsored by | Instinctif Partners 


  • John Carroll/Endpoints News
  • Fierce Biotech
  • FT Health Team
  • Natasha Loder/The Economist
  • Derek Lowe
  • Sabah Meddings/The Sunday Times

Capital Market Transaction of the Year Award

Sponsored by | SP Angel 


  • argenX SE
  • Kiadis Pharma NV
  • MaxCyte Inc.
  • Redx Pharma plc
  • Synairgen plc
  • Verona Pharma plc

Most Significant Contribution to the Mediscience Sector Award

Sponsored by | Covington  


  • AstraZeneca plc/Jenner Institute/Oxford BioMedica plc/Vaccitech plc
  • Kate Bingham and Clive Dix/UK Vaccine Taskforce
  • Dr Ingmar Hoerr
  • Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci/BioNTech SE
  • Andreas and Thomas Struengmann

Best Newcomer Award



  • Hyloris Pharmaceuticals NV
  • Implantica SDB
  • Kooth plc
  • Nanoform Finland plc
  • Vaccibody AS
  • Verici Dx plc

Chief Executive of the Year Award

Sponsored by | Panmure Gordon 


  • Renée Aguiar-Lucander/Calliditas Therapeutics AB
  • Lisa Anson/Redx Pharma plc
  • Doug Doerfler/MaxCyte Inc.
  • Thomas Lingelbach/Valneva SE
  • Richard Marsden/Synairgen plc
  • Jan van de Winkel/Genmab A/S
  • Joe Wiley/Amryt Pharma plc

Company of the Year Award

Sponsored by | WG Partners 


  • AstraZeneca plc
  • BioNTech SE
  • Ergomed plc
  • Genmab A/S
  • MaxCyte Inc.
  • Oxford BioMedica plc

2021 Key dates

The period under review for these Awards is 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. 

w/c Monday 15 March 2021 – nominations open

Friday 16 April 2021 – nominations close

Thursday 6 and Monday 10 May 2021 – Voting Panel meeting

Tuesday 11 May 2021 – shortlist announcement

Tuesday 16 November 2021, subject to government guidelines – winners’ announcement at the European Mediscience Awards 2021 

2021 Nominations

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To be eligible, the majority of the business of the company, and its subsidiaries, must be in the healthcare (animal and human), medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or life sciences sectors. In addition, a significant part of the company’s, and its subsidiaries’, activities should involve scientific research and development which may or may not be product specific. These awards are open to quoted mediscience companies on recognised exchanges throughout Europe. For the Emerging Star category, this award was designed for private mediscience companies, although recently quoted public companies could also be considered, at the discretion of the Voting Panel.

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