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Nottingham City Award for Dr Glenn Crocker’s leadership of BioCity
Dr Glenn Crocker, CEO of BioCity, has received the ‘Private Sector Contribution’ award in the annual City of Nottingham Awards.
Dr Crocker has been recognised by his peers for his vision and leadership of the BioCity organisation since 2003, a year after BioCity Nottingham first opened its doors to fledgling life science companies. The UK’s largest bioscience business incubator is now the base for 76 companies employing 689 staff. According to the Awards citation he receives this accolade for the international prestige he has brought to the city through his work.
The success of Nottingham has created opportunities for BioCity to replicate the bioscience business incubation model in Scotland, and for Astra Zeneca in Cheshire. Both locations are growing fast.
The Nottingham Awards were established in 2012 by the City Council and One Nottingham to identify individuals who have made a significant contribution to the city but have yet to receive public recognition for their work.
Cllr Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council said:“Eleven years ago Dr Crocker took on the industry sceptics and led a small team to refurbish a complex of run down and empty buildings to the east of our city centre. The site has been transformed into an internationally renowned site for bio-science. Dr Crocker, with the support of his Board, has put BioCity at the heart of Nottingham, bringing our two Universities and other institutions alongside. He has made a considerable contribution to the wellbeing and prosperity of our city.”
Commenting on the award, Dr Crocker said: “The life sciences sector is a jewel in the UK economic crown, and Nottingham is recognized the world over for drug discovery and development. BioCity exists to foster the creation and development of the next generation of world-class companies, and I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the BioCity team and partners who have made this possible.”