A biotechnology business based at Kent Science Park was awarded the Queen’s Award for contribution to International trade.
Part of the flourishing life science cluster in Kent, AbBaltis serves the In Vitro Diagnostic market offering innovative, reliable and quality products. The company also supplies a wide variety of Disease State Plasma and Residual Clinical Samples to a growing international market.
This week, royal representative Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, visited Kent Science Park to present a crystal bowl to the company in recognition. The ceremony was well attended by business moguls and science entrepreneurs.
Managing Director, Giedre Brandao, travelled to Buckingham Palace in July to attend a celebratory reception and received the prestigious award in AbBaltis headquarters.
She said: “We are extremely honoured to receive the Queen’s Award. We had very humble beginnings, starting out in a small rented lab here at Kent Science Park and hiring the first team member in 2012. Fast forward five years and we have received the most desired enterprise accolade in Great Britain. It has been a stimulating five years despite the challenges, but each hurdle we have learnt from and overcome. Our success is due to working closely with customers to provide fast turnaround, friendly customer service and sound scientific advice that has made it possible for us to export worldwide. In vitro diagnostics is on the brink of revolution and we are excited to be a part of it”.
The company has seen a staggering 40% growth over the last year in an industry that grows, on average, only 7% annually. Perhaps even more impressively, the growth of AbBaltis has been entirely organic. Giedre has managed the success of her business by re-investing profit – but also investing in her staff.
Giedre has worked closely with Site Director James Speck and his team during her company’s success story. James commented on the achievement, he said: “A great deal of hard work and dedication has gone into this remarkable success story. Great Britain relies heavily on overseas trade to support our country and we are so lucky in Kent – and indeed at Kent Science Park – to have some of the most highly innovative and technical companies in the trade. This is the second Queens Award to grace KSP, with ADEY Professional Heating Solutions receiving recognition for innovation in 2012. We as Kent Science Park do everything in our power to assist the companies we have on the Park; that is what we are all about. There is huge excitement for the future of Kent, especially the continued growth of the science and technology industry”.
More information on AbBaltis can be found at www.abbaltis.com.
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