Rising Stars Nominations

With top universities and successful businesses, a history of innovation and access to world leading research, it’s no surprise we have so much talent in Scotland.   Here we recognise the individuals that are making significant contributions to Scotland’s innovation landscape and growth of the sector.

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Rising Star – Andrew Woodland

SPECIALISM Developing first in class topical and oral therapies for eczema and severe genetic skin diseases. Currently seeking to form a new drug discovery company developing a portfolio of 3 promising projects. Our aim is to become a unicorn company...

Rising Star – Peter Orrell

Specialism Dr Peter Orrell and the MycoNourish team have created a new, ground-breaking way of customising strains of beneficial fungi to improve plant health and crop production. Their innovative approach enables the fungi to be tailored to suit specific crops...

Rising Star – Derek Gilchrist

Specialism Causeway Therapeutics‘ is a drug discovery company focused on developing novel therapies for musculoskeletal diseases for the treatment of human and animal patients. Our leading clinical program aims to treat tendinopathy, a condition that affects 1 in 10 people...

Rising Star – Graham Whyteside

Specialism Synpromics (acquired by AskBio in 2019) is the world leader in gene control designing synthetic expression cassettes for Cell and Gene Medicines. This cutting-edge technology is enabling cures in mono-genetic diseases such as haemophilia, muscular dystrophy, and a range...

Rising Star – Debbie Wake

Specialism Diabetes is a massively growing global health problem affecting 10% of the population and rising. There is a great need for more efficient and cost-effective diabetes management, and technology will be a key to optimise care delivery and prevention....

Rising Star – Holly Butler

Specialism For GPs, detecting brain cancer is like finding a needle in a haystack. Numerous patients have vague generic symptoms, such as headache. The vast majority are harmless, but with no blood test to rule out brain cancer, GPs must...

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