High-tech Derbyshire firm gets the royal treatment

Staff at biotech firm from Whaley Bridge were treated to a royal visit on Thursday when the monarch’s representative in Derbyshire formally presented them with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

During a short ceremony at the company’s Bingswood Estate headquarters, Lord Lieutenant William Tucker, read from the appointment scroll before presenting it to members of the Retrogenix team long with a commemorative crystal bowl.

Queen's Award for Innovation, Dr Jim Freeth and Jo Soden show the Lord Lieutenant William Tucker around their lab at Retrogenix Ltd

Queen's Award for Innovation, Dr Jim Freeth and Jo Soden show the Lord Lieutenant William Tucker around their lab at Retrogenix Ltd

The company was given the accolade earlier in the year for the role its human cell ‘microarray’ technology played in advancing medical research and speeding up pharmaceutical discovery.

Dr Jim Freeth, managing director of Retrogenix, said: “It is an honour to receive this award.

“The novel approach and high success rate of our technology has allowed us to develop great working relationships with many of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies and leading academic groups, advancing their research and development and supporting medical breakthroughs.”

Co-founder, Jo Soden added: “It was an honour to have Mr Tucker and his wife here at Retrogenix to present us with the prestigious Queen’s Award.

It’s a fantastic acknowledgement of all the hard work put in by the Retrogenix team over the last few years.” ‘.

The awards, which are made each year by Her Majesty the Queen, are the UK’s most prestigious acknowledgement of business performance, requiring the highest levels of excellence to be demonstrated in each category.

Earlier this year, the company’s management were invited to a reception at Buckingham palace to meet the Queen in person.