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NEWS RELEASE: Winners announced for UK Angel Investment Awards 2017 Thursday evening (6th July) saw over 300 leading entrepreneurs and early-stage business investors gather at The Dorchester Hotel in London for UK Business Angels Association’s annual UK Angel Investment Awards 2017. Exonate Limited were award the ‘One to Watch’ in the Best Investment in Life Sciences The judges said: ‘Exonate is showing promise in developing revolutionary approaches to treatments for eye conditions, and has been backed by investors with deep industry knowledge.’ The award category celebrated investment in life sciences businesses, including pharmaceutical, biotechnologies, medical technologies and digital health. The shortlisted companies all demonstrated their capacity for innovation and had successfully used angel investment and other relevant sources of finance to increase their potential to achieve high growth. Emma Sinclair MBE, the successful entrepreneur, UNICEF ambassador and youngest person in the UK to have made a company public (aged 29), presented the 14 awards, which celebrate the UK’s highgrowth entrepreneurs and the investors that have backed them on their growth journey. Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO of UK Business Angels Association, said: The shortlisted companies from across the UK competing for the 14 awards have raised a combined total of more than £210m in equity funding over the past 18 monthsfrom early-stage investors, ranging from business angels to crowdfunding platforms and VCs, and this has had a significant impact on their growth and success. The winners reflect the huge range of innovative technologies, products and services being developed here in the UK; and demonstrate a strong capacity for scale and market disruption. UKBAA is delighted to recognise and highlight the success stories of these fantastic entrepreneurs and the contribution made by their investors who bring such vital finance and support.

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