NovaBiotics Ltd, the Aberdeen-based, clinical-stage biotechnology company (“NovaBiotics” or the “Company”), today announced that Dr. Deborah O’Neil, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, was named EY UK Health Products & Services Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 at the awards dinner held at The Brewery, London last night, attended by over 600 of the country’s top business leaders.
Dr O’ Neil founded NovaBiotics in 2004 and, over the past ten years, has worked to grow the business into a leading global biotechnology company with two clinical-stage compounds, each with annual earning potential of in excess of $1bn.
Dr O’Neil was given the award in recognition of her work to find cures and to combat resistance to antibiotics.
Dr Deborah O’Neil, CEO of NovaBiotics, said: “To be acknowledged by this fantastic programme amongst some of the most successful business leaders in the UK is a great honour. I would like to thank all the NovaBiotics team and our stakeholders for their support both for the company and me personally. Without their collective commitment and efforts over the past ten years, this award would not have been achievable.”
Jim Bishop, EY Scotland senior partner, said: “This is the second year in a row that Scots have won more individual Entrepreneur Of The Year categories than any other region of the UK, highlighting the depth of Scottish entrepreneurial talent and the strength of our programme north of the Border.
“In a year when Scotland-based events have dominated headlines, it’s satisfying to see Scots recognised at UK level for their entrepreneurial qualities and not just their politics or ability to host world-class events.”
The EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ programme is considered the world’s most prestigious business award and is held in more than 145 cities and in more than 60 countries worldwide. The Award identifies and celebrates the achievements of the world’s most successful, growing and dynamic businesses, taking into consideration entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, strategic direction, financial performance, national and global impact, and approach to social responsibility.