Business Leadership Award for Professor Andrew Hopkins

Professor Andrew Hopkins, of the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has been named one of this year’s winners at the prestigious Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards.

At a ceremony in Edinburgh last night Professor Hopkins was handed the award for Life Sciences Entrepreneurial Business Leadership.

Andrew is the founder and CEO of ex scientia, a University of Dundee spin-out company which is pioneering medicines tailored to polypharmacology for a wide range of human diseases where improved efficacy is required.

Andrew is also Director of SULSA (Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance) and Chair of Medicinal Informatics at the University of Dundee.

“I’m delighted for my team that our work at ex scientia, SULSA and the College of Life Sciences has been recognised at a national level,” said Andrew. “The ambition of Dundee University really encourages an entrepreneurial environment.”

Overall, Andrew has raised a total of £30 million for research activities – both academic and commercial - in Scotland in the past two years. As an entrepreneur, Andrew has created two commercial companies - ex scientia Ltd and Kinetic Discovery Ltd.

Ex scientia was also named Young Business of the Year at the 2014 Courier Business Awards.

Biological Sciences research at Dundee was rated top among universities in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The REF is the main test of research quality carried out by higher education funding bodies.

The University is the central hub for a multi-million pound biotechnology sector in the east of Scotland, which now accounts for 16 per cent of the local economy.

With more than 900 scientists, research students and support staff from 62 countries and external funding in excess of £50million per annum, the College of Life Sciences is one of the largest and most productive Life Sciences research institutes in Europe.

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