Edinburgh Based Scientist Nominated For Individual Contribution To Life Sciences In Scotland

February 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Leading scientist Dr Ian Sword has been shortlisted for a prestigious Scottish Enterprise Scottish Life Sciences Award 2009.

His nomination for Individual Contribution to Life Sciences in Scotland recognises over 35 years of work within the life sciences industry in Scotland. The winners of the 2009 awards will be announced at the Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Annual Dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 5th February.

Dr Sword is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee and Honorary Doctor of Science and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Sword studied Chemistry at Glasgow, Princeton and Oxford Universities before joining Inveresk Research in 1973 where he led a management buy-out and subsequent sale to SGS Geneva in 1989. Dr Sword continued as Chairman following the buyout and was instrumental in establishing the Inveresk Group as a global provider of preclinical and clinical services. The business was sold to Charles River laboratories for $1.5 billion in 2004.

Dr Sword said: “It was a great surprise to be recognised in this way after all these years with a nomination for Individual Contribution to Life Sciences in Scotland but a pleasant surprise. I look forward to the awards ceremony in February.”

The two other shortlisted candidates for the 2009 Leading Individual Contribution to Life Sciences in Scotland are Professor Philip Cohen, University of Dundee and Professor Andy Porter, University of Aberdeen.

Rhona Allison, director of Life Sciences at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Despite a challenging economic backdrop, the Scottish life sciences community continues to demonstrate the world class expertise and capabilities that we have in Scotland. The high calibre of nominees for this year’s Scottish Life Sciences Awards is testament to the excellent standard of work of companies and individuals over the past twelve months.

“We look forward to honouring this pioneering work at the Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Annual Dinner and celebrate the valuable contribution that life science companies and individuals continue to make to the growth of an industry which remains vital for the future health and wealth of Scotland.”

The Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Annual Dinner attracts more than 600 people from the life sciences communities across the UK and abroad. Despite a backdrop of global economic uncertainty, this year’s event will outline some of the key achievements of the wider Scottish life sciences sector during 2008 and highlight the continuing success of Scottish companies both at home and overseas.


[Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com]


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