Dr Darrin Disley has been honoured with a Queen's award for Achievement in Enterprise Promotion. These awards are given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting and enhancing enterprise among UK entrepreneurs and companies.
Darrin received the award on 14 July 2016 at a reception held at Buckingham Palace and hosted by Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was accompanied by Dr Linda Allan, Academic Director of the Bioscience Enterprise programme.
Dr Darrin Disley is a PhD graduate of Biotechnology and Chief Executive and President of Horizon Discovery, a Cambridge-based company he has built from a startup to a publicly-listed multi-national life science business supplying gene editing products to the healthcare industry globally.
Whilst it is usually for his leadership at Horizon Discovery that Darrin is recognised, this award reflects his work in the voluntary sector. He was nominated by Dr Allan, together with several of the young entrepreneurs whom he has assisted in establishing their own ventures.
One of only five such awards granted, it acknowledges the immeasurable amounts of expertise and time that Darrin has devoted over many years to encouraging others to found their own companies and to providing mentorship to ensure these startups achieve their full potential. Within this University, aside from the time he spends teaching enterprise skills and offering business development advice to fledgling entrepreneurs, Darrin also sponsors the student enterprise societies and offers bursaries to enable students to participate in the Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise programme.
The Princess Royal, Princess Eugenie of York, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were also present at the Reception.