Lewis company triumphs in prestigious national awards

Lewis-based BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd scooped a top national award last week at the 2015 Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards.

The awards recognise innovation, investment, community engagement and collaboration in Scotland’s internationally renowned life sciences sector.

BASF Pharma, which manufactures omega-3 products for the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries, won the Community Engagement category.

Including contractors, the company employs 71 people and is part of the world leading chemicals company BASF.

Commenting on the award, Dr Magnus Nicolson General Manager, said: “It is great to win this award in the 150th anniversary year of BASF. We believe in playing an active role in the local community on Lewis and Harris and are delighted that our efforts have been recognised.”

BASF Pharma has worked with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) who supported its nomination in the awards.

James Cameron, HIE’s head of life sciences, said: “We are absolutely delighted for BASF Pharma. Their well-earned success in the awards is a reflection of the company’s hard work around community engagement and work with young people. It is also part of the bigger picture of a growing life sciences sector in the Highlands and Islands. The region has particular strengths in digital health, blood diagnostics, and marine and natural products, as well as a culture of collaboration. The company’s success also adds to our status as one of Europe’s most successful and competitive regions.”

Other companies achieving success at the awards included Tactical Wireless of Forres. It won the Innovation award for its Omni-Hub, which provides quality communication in time critical situations. Eleanor McFadden of Frontier Science (Scotland) Ltd in Kincraig won the Business Leadership award. Frontier Science is involved in the design, management and analysis of clinical trials, particularly for cancer. Giles Hamilton (AccuNostics Ltd) of Forres was shortlisted for the Entrepreneurial Business Leadership category and The Satellite Ultrasound for Rural Stroke (SURS) project, by the University of Aberdeen and Tactical Wireless, was shortlisted for Innovative Collaboration.