Campus research, innovation and engagement recognised at the 2022 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards


The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards took place on Wednesday evening at the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre. Campus teams, researchers and spinouts came back with well-deserved recognition.

Campus CEO and Wellcome Sanger Institute director Professor Sir Mike Stratton was announced as the winner of the inaugural In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award. As the award’s first edition, the judging panel were looking for an individual whose work has had a formidable and inspirational impact. According to Cambridge Independent, Mike Stratton was elected due to his pioneering work in cancer genomics, taking into account that his discoveries have aided the diagnosis and treatment of cancer while setting the foundation for more personalised cancer treatments.

The Researcher of the year award went to Rob Finn from the EMBL-EBI. Rob is section head of Genome Assembly and Annotation, and team leader of the Microbiome Informatics team.  Dr Ewan Harrison, Career Development Fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute was a finalist in the Researcher of the Year category, and the PDB Art project, led by Deepti Gupta, of EMBL-EBI was a finalist in the STEM Initiative of the Year category.

The Campus also excelled in its innovation side, with the Technology Company of the Year award going to Sanger spinout Congenica. Microbiotica, another Sanger spinout, was highly commended in the Life Sciences Company of the Year category. Furthermore,  the Wellcome Genome Startup School was highly commended in the Enterprise Skills Award recognising the effort of the team in creating a lean entrepreneurship programme for Genomics and Biodata on Campus. 

Last but not least, the great work of the Education team from Wellcome Connecting Science was celebrated with the highly commended in the STEM initiative of the year award for their My STEMM Future programme. My STEMM Future is a joint initiative from Wellcome Connecting Science and the Youth STEMM Award. The project seeks to support students from backgrounds historically excluded from STEM in completing a Youth STEMM Bronze or Silver Award and develop a portfolio of achievements to support Sixth Form, University or workplace applications.

The Science and Technology Awards organised by the Cambridge Independent intend to celebrate the extraordinary talent across a host of science and technology sectors within Cambridge. This year’s awards have highlighted the presence of our science, innovation and engagement value within our ecosystem in this vibrant area. Congratulations to all for this well-deserved recognition!

Further reading:

Congenica: Advancing healthcare through genomics