Join us in congratulating Darrin Disley, PhD graduate and Enterprise champion of the MBE programme, on the announcement of his winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. The award recognises his endeavours to successfully promote enterprise across this University and numerous other business ventures and social causes.
Currently, CEO of Horizon Discovery Group plc (LSE; HZD.L), an international biotech company addressing the personalized and genomic medicine markets with operations in Cambridge UK, Vienna, Cambridge, Philadelphia and St Louis, USA, Darrin is also an avid believer in developing young entrepreneurial talent through supporting academic, business plan competition and mentoring programmes with financial and practical help. He has grown and/or invested in more than 30 start-up companies in the healthcare, IT and technology sectors, raising $300 million of business financing and closing over $450m in business development and M & A deals but still commits generous amounts of his time to teach business skills and to run work shops for young scientists and others starting out on the road to founding and running their own companies. Through scholarship programmes run under the auspices of the Chris Lowe Carpe Diem and Geraldine Rodgers Enterprise scholarships he also enables talented individuals to pursue educational opportunities that would otherwise be too financially challenging to undertake.
The Queen's Award is one of many Darrin has received, with other recent accolades bestowed including 'UK Quoted Company Awards Entrepreneur of the Year', 'Royal Society of Chemistry Faces of Chemistry', 'European Life Science Awards Business Leader of the Year and 'Scrip Awards Executive of Year'. However, our impression is that it the success of the founders and companies he works with that motivates him to encourage business capabilities and ambition in others.