Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

Babraham celebrates success

The Babraham Institute’s 2015 Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) Prize was awarded during an internal symposium on 23rd and 24th April. The KEC Prize recognises an individual or team who have contributed to the Institute's KEC activities, demonstrating their passion for generating impact and transferring their knowledge.
This year’s winner is Nelly Olova, a Post-Doc in the Institute’s Epigenetics research programme

Having secured KEC funding in 2013 and 2014, Nelly is developing two antibodies with a novel specificity to epigenetic targets, as well as a method with potential for very wide usage and high socioeconomic impact. She has engaged with a number of other organisations to develop the project, and has secured a place on the University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Accelerate Cambridge programme.
Speaking about her award, Nelly said ““My translational work has been both exciting and challenging, and would not have been possible without the KEC funding I have been awarded by the BI. I have learned a lot, made a lot of contacts, and I hope to see this project continue its journey to make a real impact to the scientific and biotech community”. 
The judges from the BBSRC and KEC committee praised all entrants, with one commenting; “It is extremely pleasing to see so many high-quality applications, which is a reflection of the further development, appreciation and understanding of KEC at Babraham.”
Nelly received a further commendation from one judge saying; “This is a good example of an enterprising individual, supported by the PI and Institute, demonstrating how their research and enterprise activities inform and complement each other.”
The KEC prize was awarded by Institute Director, Michael Wakelam, alongside the Sir Michael Berridge Science Prize and the Public Engagement prize. The KEC and PE prizes were introduced as part of the Excellence with Impact programme at the Babraham Institute.