CPI, a technology innovation centre which has a site on Aycliffe Business Park, won the Biotechnology award at the prestigious Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Awards 2019.
CPI won the 2019 award for the successful delivery of the collaborative BioStreamline project.
This Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI)-funded project aimed to accelerate biotherapeutic drug discovery by improving development and manufacture, and involved Lonza Biologics, UCB Celltech, Sphere Fluidics, Horizon Discovery and Alcyomics, as partners.
The IChemE Global Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical, process and biochemical industries from around the world.
This year’s ceremony was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull and hosted by actor and TV presenter Warwick Davis.
Now in its 25th year, they are widely considered the world’s most prestigious chemical engineering awards and this year attracted over 240 applications from leading engineering organisations.
The winning project focussed on accelerating the discovery and development of monoclonal antibody biotherapeutics and aimed to overcome key bottlenecks in the biologics supply chain.
By improving biologics development and manufacture, the project will enable novel, effective biotherapeutic treatments to be identified earlier and consequently accelerate patient access.
John Liddell, chief technologist at CPI, said: “It is exciting to see the outcomes of this project and the impact it will have on both the biotherapeutics industry and society as a whole.
“I am delighted to see all the hard work put in by the project team now being recognised on a global stage such as this, it really is a credit to everyone involved.”