SelectScience receives Royal acclaim for pandemic response

By Ben Carey on 24 September, 2021

Corston-based SelectScience has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise following its work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pioneering digital communications company provides trusted information and resources to scientists around the world at the forefront of advancements across multiple scientific disciplines. These include critical fields such as Covid-19, cancer research, drug discovery, sustainability, food quality, clinical diagnostics and many others.

The Award was presented by the Queen’s representative, HM Lord-Lieutenant Annie Maw, who said, “In these last 18 months, the kind of work you’re doing has really saved lives, and aren’t we proud of you, that we have you here in Somerset.

“You’re the sort of company we’re lucky to have in Somerset. Young people ought to know about centres of energy like this, it would make them so excited about what’s happening around the corner.”

It’s the second time SelectScience has won the Queen’s Award for its exceptional performance in international trade, and Mrs Maw noted a conversation its founders Arif and Louise Butt had with the Queen when they received the award the first time in 2013.

She recounted, “What the Queen said to you is so in touch with now. She said, ‘We need to communicate better about science, we need to do that, because it’s costing lives. How could she ever have known what was going to happen in these last 18 months?”

SelectScience has been spearheading online communication in science for more than two decades, connecting scientists and scientific manufacturers through peer-to-peer product reviews and resources such as webinars, eBooks and revolutionary video platform, The Scientists’ Channel.

When Covid-19 struck, it responded fast, launching new virtual events and other online resources to support the industry through the crisis and ensure vital scientific collaboration could continue.

Receiving the coveted award, SelectScience CEO Kerry Parker thanked the SelectScience team of around 50 employees, its many manufacturer partners and the scientific community around the world, Mr and Mrs Butt, and Vespa Capital who partnered with the company earlier this year.

Founded in 1998 and renowned for its innovation, SelectScience has established an enviable market position, serving high-quality digital marketing solutions to the science industry, including the world’s top 10 manufacturers of scientific laboratory equipment. The team has dedicated its 2021 Queen’s Award to the scientists, healthcare professionals and scientific manufacturers who have risen to the challenges of the pandemic.

Pictured: SelectScience CEO Kerry Parker accepts the 2021 Queen’s Award from HM Lord-Lieutenant Annie Maw, alongside Deputy Lieutenant, John Laycock (left), and team members Faye O’Toole and Tom Casburn