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UNVEILS NEW CEO Lhasa Limited, an educational charity which creates state-of-the-art in silico prediction and database systems for use in metabolism, toxicology and related sciences, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second year running.


AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE MR Solutions, of Guildford has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. These awards are announced on the Queen’s birthday, in April and are one of the UK’s highest accolades recognising business achievement. Last year MR Solutions won the Queen’s Award for Innovation.

News of the award for Innovation, in recognition of Lhasa’s development of the statistical-based software, Sarah Nexus, comes as the organisation announces the appointment of a new CEO.

Dr Chris Barber, the current Director of Science at Lhasa, will take over from Dave Watson as CEO in mid June. Mr Watson, who has been CEO since 2005, announced his retirement in January this year.

Dr Barber, who joined Lhasa in 2011, previously spent 20 years as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer, leading teams that identified clinical candidates across a range of diseases. In his time with Lhasa he has used this experience to help further develop Lhasa’s software to ensure it provides

This has been achieved in recognition of MR Solutions’ outstanding business success with strong export sales growth of 119% over the last three years. This success has been driven by MR Solutions’ strong investment in the development and commercialisation of their ground- breaking cryogen-free preclinical MRI imaging technology which can be combined with other imaging capabilities such as PET or SPECT.

scientifically rigorous, trusted and transparent information to support efficient decision making within the pharmaceutical sector. He has also played a lead role in the development of Sarah Nexus.

Speaking about the Queen’s Award and his new role Dr Barber said: “These awards are approved by Her Majesty The Queen and are the UK’s highest accolade for business success and innovation and we are naturally thrilled to have received this honour and recognition of our work for the second year running.

“From a personal perspective I am delighted to be stepping into the role of CEO of Lhasa Limited at such an

Cryogen free has many advantages for the researchers not the least being cost. These advantages include doing away with the cumbersome helium cooling jacket and the emergency venting equipment that was necessary to vent the helium should the magnet quench. It also removes the need for the extensive building works involved in installing the venting system and these very large machines. The cryogen free scanner can just be wheeled in.

MR Solutions was able to develop an MRI system using a novel magnet design which only needs a readily available cryocooler unit to get to the very low temperature required. MR Solutions’ 3T to 9.4T MRI benchtop scanners are used in research laboratories across the world and can be installed alongside other equipment because the innovative design has reduced the stray magnetic field from metres to centimetres.

Dr David Taylor, physicist and CEO of MR Solutions said: “We are thrilled to receive our second Queen’s Award, this time for International Trade – particularly nice as we won the Queen’s Award for Innovation last year. Our foundations have been built on the development of an innovative product which has enabled us to build sales success as a result.”

exciting time for the organisation. I am fortunate to work alongside some truly talented people and have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with many world-leading scientists. I’m proud of the valuable work we do here and the software we bring to market – something which has been reflected with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.”

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise will be formally presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, at Lhasa’s offices in Leeds later this year and representatives of Lhasa have also been invited to a special reception at Buckingham Palace. Tomorrow’s Laboratories | 15

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