The Oxford Trust Awards

Established in 2005, The Oxford Trust Awards recognise and celebrate the breadth of innovative science and technology companies and entrepreneurs working in the region. The awards acknowledge the hard work of those who are just starting out on their innovation journey as well as established businesses that have become successful and had a major positive impact on the regional economy.

Around forty individuals and businesses have won an Award and previous winners include Oxford Nanopore, Oxbotica, Immunocore and Adaptix. The Awards, run in partnership with Venturefest Oxford, have gained an increasingly positive reputation as an event of value to the entrepreneurial community and beyond.

The Oxford Trust Awards 2021 recognised and celebratedour region’s outstanding contributions in addressing the challenges brought by the pandemic – our Covid Innovation Heroes. We are rightly proud of the role that Oxfordshire played, and continues to play, nationally and internationally and awarded individuals, teams and organisations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding
  • Outstanding Technical Leadership: Therapeutic Innovation
  • Outstanding Technical Leadership: Therapeutic Scale-up
  • Outstanding Technical Leadership: Medical Engineering
  • Outstanding Technical Leadership: Virus Surveillance

The Awards are selected by the boards of The Oxford Trust and Venturefest Oxford and will be presented by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Imam Monawar Hussain MBE DL FRSA, as part of his COVID Heroes programme at Venturefest Oxford on 25th November. For more information on the Award winners, see here.

The Oxford Trust Covid Innovation Awards were sponsored by Barclays.


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