Alumni Award for Dr Nik

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Imperial College London's Distinguished Alumni of the Year 2022

Many congratulations to our Chairman Dr Nik Kotecha OBE who has won a top university accolade that celebrates the long-term achievements of outstanding alumni.

Dr Nik who is also the Founder of Morningside Pharmaceuticals has won the Distinguished Alumni Award at Imperial College London’s Alumni Awards 2022.

Read the full Imperial College London feature here.

 

The annual awards honour outstanding alumni who have demonstrated sustained excellence in their personal and professional achievements, are leaders in their field or have made a substantial impact on society.

Dr Kotecha, said: “I’m thrilled to be honoured by the university in this way. As a child growing up in Leicester my family had very little, but I was fortunate to be given opportunities to gain a good education. After finishing my degree in Newcastle; Professor Steve Ley FRS at Imperial College took a chance in accepting me into his eminent group and this really was the opportunity I needed to forge a career.

“Over three decades later, it’s truly humbling  to be recognised for my entrepreneurial journey, which was only made possible by the help and support I received to gain a good education along the way.”

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, 2022 Imperial College London Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Dr Kotecha studied a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Steve Ley at Imperial College, before moving to work at the University of Cambridge.

After leaving academia Dr Kotecha founded Morningside in 1991. Today the business has exported to more than 120 countries since inception and has 240 generic and branded licensed medicines in the UK and EU. In the UK the business distributes its pharmaceutical products twice daily nationwide, so they are available when doctors and their patients need them.

Nicola Pogson, Director of Alumni Relations, Imperial College London, said: “We are delighted to acknowledge the many achievements and positive impact on society of Imperial alumnus Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, an exemplary role model for our community and joint winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award 2022.”

As well as being a successful entrepreneur, Dr Kotecha also has a passion to give back and has been recognised through this award for his work to support communities in the Midlands and nationally. He is currently a Board Member for the LLEP and Midlands Engine Council, Co-Chair of the Loughborough Town Deal Board, Board Member for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a CBI Regional Councillor and a Department for International Trade Export Champion.

Dr Kotecha’s most recent achievements have centred around the Randal Charitable Foundation, which he founded with his wife in 2017. By providing grant funding, the Foundation has already saved over 145,000 lives with an aspiration to save 1 million people in the UK and globally.

Food Donation to Homeless Charity

Help the Homeless

As we move into the festive holidays in the UK, colleagues at Morningside have been donating a range of food staples and seasonal treats to help those whose Christmas won’t be spent in the safety of their own home this year.

The kind donations from colleagues were made to Leicester charity Help The Homeless Leicester which specialises in helping people sleeping rough to gain the support they need to leave a life living on the streets behind.

Thank you to everyone at Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd who gave so generously.

Happy Retirement Faith

Faith Daykin retires from Morningside

Huge thanks to our Director of Quality Assurance Faith Daykin who will be retiring at the end of this year after 4 very successful years at Morningside.

Colleagues showed their appreciation during a live streamed socially distanced virtual presentation by our Chief Executive Tim Brady and Chief Operating Officer Monica Huang, where Monica said a few words about Faith’s remarkable contribution to the Morningside story.

Over this time Faith has been instrumental in creating our strong compliant and industry leading Quality Management System (QMS), as well as been an exceptional leader of the QA department and many projects that have delivered significant change for the better.

Morningside’s Chairman, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, said: “Thank you so much Faith for all you have done for Morningside. We are in a much stronger place today due to your tenure as Quality Director. Enjoy the well deserved retirement.”

During the presentation Faith received a number of gifts and a very large card where colleagues got a chance to say a fond farewell to a much loved Morningside family member.

Happy retirement Faith!

Midlands Manufacturing Conference

Dr Nik Kotecha speaking at the Midlands Manufacturing Conference

Morningside has joined forces with over 50 of the Midlands’ leading manufacturers to discuss the sector’s role in levelling up the UK.

The event, which was the brainchild of our Chairman, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE and the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), was hosted at the Morningside Arena, Leicester. Its objective was to boost manufacturing and to highlight the sector’s key role in creating regional growth, reducing geographical inequality, leading to higher productivity and better wages for all.

The Midlands is the leading location for UK manufacturing, with 25,270 businesses and 555,820 existing jobs in the sector, equalling 12.5% of total employment – a much higher percentage than the national average.

Key themes emerging from the conference included; the UK being too regionally unequal, in large part due to the decline of regional manufacturing. Revolutionising manufacturing will also bring growth, productivity and better jobs to regions like the Midlands, and also the whole country beyond London and the South East.

Dr Kotecha, who is also a Midlands Engine Council Board Member, said: “The Midlands is the UK’s manufacturing heartland, employing 4.7m people and accounting for 22% of UK exports; yet it’s clear that the region’s voice on the national stage is often fragmented and disjointed.

“Collaborations between the public and private sectors, as well as academia are key to addressing this, which is vital to bringing leaders together to share ideas, at a time when levelling up the regions has never been more important.

“Conferences like this are crucial to developing a clear shared vision for the region and securing greater investment and policy support from government. They’re also vital to raising awareness of the strengths and challenges we have as a region, as well as building on our successes to deliver a bright future for businesses and our communities.”

The conference was convened by Midlands Engine, Make UK, East Midlands Chamber and Morningside in partnership with leading UK think tank, The CSJ.

Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine and a keynote speaker at the event, said: “Our region was the original global manufacturing pioneer, and we continue to lead the world. Together, we are identifying and acting on a wealth of opportunities for a new generation of Midlands makers and entrepreneurs, through our increasingly clean, advanced and technology-focused manufacturing.”

Andy Cook, Chief Executive of The Centre for Social Justice, said: “The CSJ is committed to the value and dignity of work for everyone in our society, across the whole country. For too long our economy has been dominated by London and the South East, while inequality between UK regions has been allowed to grow.

“We believe a revolution in manufacturing will bring greater growth and opportunity to the Midlands – and to the whole country. Today we bring together the key voices of Midlands industry as the foundation of a CSJ policy programme seeking to put UK manufacturing at the heart of levelling up.”

Charlotte Horobin Regional Director, Midlands and East, Make UK said” “Midlands manufacturing plays a wonderfully diverse and powerful part in UK industry. Nearly 600,000 people within our region work in our fabulous sector making things from pies to aerospace parts and everything in between. During the pandemic this has meant we can continue to put food and drink on our supermarket shelves, and our businesses have stepped up to provide ventilators for intensive care units and PPE for local hospitals. Manufacturing will continue to play a significant role in the region’s economy and will measurably contribute to our ability to bring about a post-pandemic recovery.”

Chris Hobson Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber added: “The manufacturing sector is a core part of our region’s business community and is well-placed to support the recovery and rebalancing of our economy. The pursuit of sustainable growth will enable our region to flourish and I welcome the opportunity to advance the voice of the business community in this goal.”

Opinion: Proud to be Based in the Midlands

Midlands Region of the UK

In this Opinion Piece Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chairman of Morningside Pharmaceuticals, talks about why he chose to set up our company in the Midlands and what the future might hold for the region’s Life Sciences, Med-Tech and Health Sectors.

“Over 30 years ago my company, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, was established in a home garage. The business grew rapidly and we soon required a central location to setup a distribution hub with great transport links, as we developed a sophisticated UK and international supply chain.

The location we chose was Loughborough, in the East Midlands, where there is a thriving Life Sciences Sector. There is an Innovation Enterprise Zone located in the town, which includes Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) and the Charnwood Campus, which is also the first UK Life Sciences Opportunity Zone.

We also saw great opportunities in being located in the Midlands region as a whole, which today has an economy worth more than £222 billion. And has become a hub for the Health, Med-Tech and Life Sciences Sectors. In the Life Sciences Sector alone there are about 1,100 businesses producing an annual turnover of £9.5bn (2019), and employing almost 33,000 people in a wide range of highly skilled jobs.

The Midlands has many world-leading strengths in these three areas; but there has been a clear need to connect them together. The Midlands Engine partnership, for example, has worked closely with industry, academia, the Health Sector and Public Sector partners to establish Midlands Engine Health; and this collaboration will be crucial as we seek to expand the world-leading capabilities of the region.

Midlands Engine Health brings the talent of East and West Midlands together and it allows us to showcase the fantastic innovations of Midlands’ businesses, our universities and NHS Trusts. By working together, we will have one voice to promote the Health, Med-Tech and Life Sciences Sectors, which is essential if we are to meet the challenges of an aging population.

It also provides a route to central Government, which will lead to extra funding in order to grow all of the Midlands’ key sectors. This includes developing skills, innovation, manufacturing and Research & Development (R&D), which will ensure that the Midlands continues to thrive as a national hub for these important growth, education, health and community support areas.

I see great growth opportunities ahead, supported by the work of Midlands Engine Health, amongst others, which will benefit life sciences businesses based here.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals is a good example of this. We are unique amongst UK businesses in that we were founded as a 100% export-led company and have then grown our business into the UK market. Since our inception, we have exported to more than 120 countries, and see good opportunities for further international growth, particularly in developing and emerging countries, as well as the EU.

Today, Morningside has over 242 Generic and Branded licensed medicines registered in the UK and EU.

To deliver growth, businesses in the Life Sciences Sector are investing in R&D and manufacturing to maximise the opportunities available. Potential opportunities include; advanced manufacturing, adjusting to a data economy, such as investing in artificial intelligence to better manage data, as well as innovating to provide products to an ageing society.

Businesses in the sector are also investing in digital technologies and ‘Big Data’ to better manage electronic healthcare data sets, which traditional software struggles with.

Collaborations are important too, and we want to see more of these between public and private sectors with academia. Our local universities are also very able and willing to work with businesses and the NHS to create new innovative products and services.

Now that we have reached the end of the transition period with the European Union, Midlands Engine Health will actively work to identify and capitalise on these new global opportunities, as well as attracting international investment and accelerate sector-wide growth.

By working more closely together the Midlands’ leading Health, Medical Technology and Life Sciences Sectors can ensure that we maximise the benefits of innovation for our regional economy and society in general.”

LOROS RRL Competition Winners

LOROS Rocket Round Leicester competition winners

We’re delighted to have chosen the 15 lucky LOROS Rocket Round Leicester winners who have scooped tickets to a future basketball game or cricket match.

The 15 winning entries all visited Morningside’s giant rocket, called ‘Hopes, Dreams and Wishes’ during LOROS Hospice’s giant artwork installation, where 40 huge sculptures were scattered around Leicester city centre over the summer months.

Morningside is the proud named partner of the Morningside Arena, the home of UK basketball champions the Leicester Riders, as well as the named sponsor of the Morningside Medical Centre, at Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s Grace Road ground.

All of the winners entered a competition on the Rocket Round Leicester App and answered this not so tricky question ‘Which basketball team calls Leicester’s Morningside Arena their home?’.

The 15 lucky winners were then picked at random by Morningside’s Founder and Chairman, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE.

Morningside was delighted to sponsor a rocket for the Rocket Round Leicester campaign, which has raised £100,000s for the amazing work of the hospice, which provides dignified end of life care to 2,500 people each year.

Our rocket design was also very special for us, as it aligned well with our focus on supporting young people into the world of work, and promoting skills to develop future careers.

It’s estimated that 250,000 people visited the rockets over the summer, which provided a much needed boost to people’s lives as the UK emerged from a year of Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.

Congratulations to LOROS for running a highly successful and inspiring event.

LOROS Rocket Round Leicester

 

Business Masters Award Win

East Midlands Business Masters Awards

Well done to the Morningside Team who won the Investment Award at the 2021 East Midlands Business Masters Awards!

The awards, hosted by TheBusinessDesk.com, took place at a glittering ceremony in Colwick Hall, Nottingham, which was attended by 280 delegates from the East Midlands’ leading businesses.

Sam Metcalf, Midlands editor at TheBusinessDesk.com said: “So much has happened since our last Masters Awards in March 2020.

“Back then, we were on the cusp of the first wave of the Covid – indeed, that turned out to be our last event for almost 16 months as lockdown was imposed just days later.

“Despite this – or maybe because of it – we were inundated with entries once again this year, with over 100 companies from right across the region vying for the prize. This is a testament not only to our growing readership, but also the strength in depth of businesses in the area.

“Many congratulations to all our shortlisted companies and winners.”

The Investment Award acknowledges Morningside’s heavy investment in Research & Development, which has led to greater choice for both doctors, pharmacists and their patients.

Mr Metcalf added: “We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of entries for this year’s awards, with many demonstrating resilience and forward-thinking in the face of the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

“The judges had some very tough decisions to make over the shortlist, as the competition was extremely high.”

Congratulations to all of the night’s nominees and winners.

 

50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders

LDC's 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders

We’re delighted to announce that our Chairman, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, has been named as one of The LDC’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2021.

The programme, which is supported by The Times and now in its fourth year, celebrates the inspiring leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing firms.

The featured Top 50 were selected from over 600 applications from every corner of the country and operate across a diverse range of sectors. Collectively, they employ more than 9,500 people and contribute more than £1.2bn to the UK economy.

Dr Kotecha’s business, Morningside Pharmaceuticals based in Loughborough, manufactures and supplies generic medicines to the UK and international export markets.

Morningside was established from a home garage in the 1990s, and is now one of the UK’s leading suppliers of a wide range of quality medicines to international Aid organisations, NGOs and charities, having exported to more than 120 countries since inception.

Through focussing on innovation, continuous improvement and making significant investment in Research & Development, Morningside has developed new ways for patients to take their medicines, designed to make their lives easier.

Today, the business has over 240 generic and branded licenced medicines in the UK and EU, which are delivered twice daily to UK pharmacies and hospitals, as well as save the NHS millions of pounds each year.

Dr Kotecha said: “It is a great privilege and an honour to make this national list alongside so many talented business leaders and entrepreneurs. One of my passions is working with young entrepreneurs to help them develop the necessary skills and experience to create the success stories of tomorrow. I hope my story and experiences can inspire and encourage others to try new things and follow their entrepreneurial dreams.”

As well as being a successful entrepreneur, influencer and business leader, Dr Kotecha now focusses much of his time and expertise to philanthropy, which led to the establishment of the Randal Charitable Foundation with his wife Moni in 2017.

The charity has a mission to directly save lives and significantly improve the lives of people in the UK and globally, and has already saved over 145,000 people by providing grant funding to a wide-range of charities working directly with communities on the ground.

Dr Kotecha added: “I’m immensely proud of the Foundation’s work, both in the UK and globally, which has made a big difference to hundreds of thousands of lives, which may well have been lost or significantly disadvantaged without the Foundation’s support. I hope my inclusion in the LDC’s list also recognises the importance of giving back to communities and society as a whole.”

LDC’s John Garner added: “The last 18 months have presented challenges that none of us could have foreseen, but despite everything, it’s fantastic to see that so many business leaders have achieved remarkable things. Through their resourcefulness and resilience, this year’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Leaders prove that the flame of ambition is hard to extinguish. Congratulations to all those featured and we look forward to seeing their continued success and impact, and contribution the broader UK economy.”

You can find out more information on this year’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme here.

 

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Morningside

Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Lovely morning full of tea, coffee and cake at Morningside Pharmaceuticals to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

As is the Morningside way, our colleagues went over and above to cook up some very delicious treats for others to enjoy, as part of Macmillan’s annual World Biggest Coffee Morning event.

A donation was made for each slice of cake sold, which was donated directly to the charity, which provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event to support people living with cancer. Every year people all over the UK host their own Coffee Morning and donations raised on the day are made to the charity.

In 2020 the event raised over £10 million.

To find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support visit here.

Morningside Win a Business Award!

Cliff Fung, Chief Financial Officer for Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Congratulations to the Morningside Team for winning a LeicestershireLive Business Award at a glittering ceremony, featuring Britain’s Got Talent Winner Richard Jones.

The award winning magician joined Leicestershire’s brightest and best businesses at the ceremony hosted in the Maher Centre, in Leicester, for the first live Business Awards event since before the Covid-19 pandemic locked down the world.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals were thrilled to win the Excellence in Science and Technology Award, which was collected by our Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Cliff Fung.

LeicestershireLive Business Awards 2021

This is a very special award for Morningside because it pays tribute to a company that ‘has excelled in the field of science and technology, and recognises advancement and innovation’.

The judges were impressed by Morningside’s strong scientific and technological ethos, as well as the quality of our products. The judges were also looking for a dedication to sales performance, and a commitment to innovation and the sustainability of the business.

Morningside would like to dedicate this award win to our talented, dedicated and hard working employees, without whom, none of this would be possible.

LeicestershireLive Business Awards 2021

As well as winning an award, Morningside also sponsored the Business Entrepreneur of the Year category, which was presented by our CEO Tim Brady.

This category is close to our hearts at Morningside, as our company was founded in the 1990s through an entrepreneur’s dream of ‘making quality healthcare an affordable and accessible reality throughout the world’.

Today, we’re immensely proud to be one of the Midlands’ leading Life Sciences businesses, but we continue to be proudly guided by our founding mission.