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The winner of the SwedenBIO Award 2019

Biotage has received this year’s SwedenBIO Award for its commitment and contributions to the Swedish life science industry.

Each year SwedenBIO, the national non-profit association for the life science industry in Sweden, highlights a company that has stood out when it comes to R&D, business development and growth, but also when it comes to contributions to the industry, which they state Biotage has – for over three decades.

“This year’s winner is truly inspiring for companies striving to match their innovative solutions with global demand, and to grow into an important representative for Swedish life sciences,” says Eva Sjökvist Saers, Deputy Chairman at SwedenBIO and a member of the jury.

A goal oriented development

Biotage develops solutions for separation within organic and analytical chemistry, as well as purification of antibodies and plasmids. The company has grown into an international company with successful sales and presence all over the world, but it has also remained its roots in Uppsala, Sweden, where its headquarters is located. Thanks to a goal orientated development of its own instruments and sequencing methods the company has generated profit and grown to nearly 500 employees.

“It has been a very exciting journey with a focus on platform technologies and a clear strategy of establishing ourselves in every essential market. During the last 14 years we have also created a result with an average annual improvement of our operating profit with 25%. We are very honored to receive this award,” says Torben Jörgensen, who recently stepped down as CEO after more than 10 years, and today is Chairman.

Top five and previous winners

Other nominated companies this year were AMRA, Cobra Biologics, Scandinavian Biopharma och Xbrane.

Previous winners are Bioarctic, Oncopeptides, Alligator Bioscience, Recipharm, Orexo, Affibody, Vitrolife, Aerocrine, BioInvent, Cellavision, Medivir and Gyros.

Image caption: Jacob Gunterberg, Healthcap, Torben Jörgensen, Chairman, Biotage, and Eva Sjökvist Saers, Deputy Chairman, SwedenBIO. Photo: SwedenBIO