BBSRC Innovation Award for Professor Andrew Hopkins

Professor Andrew Hopkins, of the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has been named Commercial Innovator of the Year at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 2015 Innovator of the Year Awards.

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Nominated for his pioneering work in algorithm drug design, Andrew is the founder and CEO of ex scientia, a University of Dundee spin-out which pioneers medicines tailored to polypharmacology for a wide range of human diseases where improved efficacy is required. He is also Director of Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) 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 UK level,” he said. “This win highlights the tremendous strengths we have here in Dundee – not only in research, but applying that research in innovative ways that carry real impact.”

Judged by an expert independent panel, the judges sought to recognise those innovators who have worked the hardest and gone furthest to take their science out of the lab and deliver a meaningful impact. Innovator of the Year is one of BBSRC's Fostering Innovation competitions that aim to promote excellence amongst researchers, knowledge exchange practitioners, departments and institutions by recognising successful approaches to innovation and impact in the biosciences.


A personal hat-trick for Professor Hopkins, this BBSRC award is one of several he’s won in recent years. Winner of the Scottish Enterprise award for Life Sciences Entrepreneurial Business Leadership, his company ex scientia was named Young Business of the Year at the Courier Business Awards.

Having raised a total of £30 million for research activities – both academic and commercial – in Scotland over the past two years, Andrew is also an entrepreneur, having formed two commercial companies, ex scientia LTD and Kinetic Discovery Ltd.

Bringing £15,000 to support research, training and other activities promoting economic or social impact, it will enable Hopkins to continue to explore new life sciences innovations.

Dundee’s strengths

Rated top amongst UK universities for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Dundee’s biological sciences research department is internationally regarded, with the REF being the main test of research quality carried out by higher education funding bodies.

Spanning more than 900 scientists, researchers and support staff from 62 countries across the world, with a funding excess of more than £50 million per year, the College of Life Sciences is one of Europe’s most productive and successful life sciences research institutes.

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

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