The prestigious black tie awards dinner, a highlight of the regional business calendar, was held on Wednesday 21st March at The King's Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Bringing together a who’s who of the business community across Staffordshire and South Cheshire, it rewards achievement, innovation and success across all industries.
Cobra Biologics won the International Trade Award, sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP, for its outstanding achievement in international trade having achieved a record breaking order book for 2017, with 98% from customers outside of the UK.
Cobra’s facility based on Keele Science and Innovation Park has established a strong presence in the manufacture of gene therapy products, a rapidly growing sector of the biopharmaceutical market, which provides life changing treatments. Cobra’s strength at Keele is its unique ability to manufacture both plasmid DNA and viral vectors for gene therapy products and in 2017 it announced a £15m expansion which will increase capacity to help to meet customer demands and create up to 50 additional jobs.
Peter Coleman, Chief Executive of Cobra Biologics, said: “I am incredibly proud of what Cobra’s people have achieved; exporting 98% of our manufacturing services and helping to develop and manufacture drugs for the benefit of patients around the world. Our team has worked incredibly hard to get to where we are now and as a result, we have a bright and promising future.”
Pictured L-R at the Awards: Steve Garland (Keele Site Manager), Simon Frost (Head of Project Management), Philip Ridley-Smith (Sales & Marketing Director), Lee Warren (Finance Director), Peter Coleman (Chief Executive)