Epichem has taken out the top prize of the evening – the Western Australian Exporter of the Year Award – as well as the Health and Biotechnology award.
Established in 2003, Epichem is Australia's premiere contract drug discovery company, exporting products and services worldwide, and creating valuable
intellectual property for clients, collaborators and shareholders. Epichem has made significant contributions to numerous new drugs in preclinical
and clinical trials for a variety of diseases including cancer, HIV, HCV and Chagas. Epichem's innovative scientists have authored numerous scientific
publications and been listed as inventors on patents.
Presenting the awards were the Honourable Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier of Western Australia, and the Honourable Samantha Rowe MLC, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister for Education and Training.
Chief Executive Officer of the Export Council of Australia (ECA), Lisa McAuley said as a leading advocate for international trade, the ECA, in conjunction
with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, were honoured to manage this state-wide competition where nominees secure their reputation
on the world stage.
Acknowledging exporters is vital in building awareness of new market opportunities available to business owners. We are seeing more and more new companies
that are exporting their goods and services with excellent results and now is the time to focus on how we can help build on Western Australia’s trade
capabilities and encourage more companies to look at the global opportunities that are opening up,”
“These awards acknowledge the significant achievements that exporters have made to improving the State’s economic activity and boosting jobs.”
“Western Australia’s businesses have the innovation, expertise and professionalism to take on international markets, and it is important that we recognise
their hard work and determination to succeed.”
“Whether small or large, these businesses prove that they have what it takes to succeed on an increasingly competitive world stage,” Ms McAuley said.
Annually exporters make a significant contribution to the Western Australian economy, with goods exports worth $121 billion in the last financial year
according to the latest figures.
LIST OF WINNERS BY CATEGORY
CY O'Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering & Technology: Australian Mud Company (AMC)
Innovation Excellence Award: Vekta Automation
WA Emerging Exporter: AGRIFresh
WA Women in International Business: Health World Pharmaceuticals Australia
WA Defence Exporter: Austal
Business Services: Linear Clinical Research
Creative Industries: Scitech
Digital Technologies: Robertson Technology
Education and Training: Stanley International College
Environmental Solutions: Blue Ocean Monitoring
Health and Biotechnology: Epichem
Minerals, Energy & Related Services: Imdex
Regional Exporter: Fewster's Farm Honey
Small Business: Kwik-Zip Spacers
WA Exporter of the Year: Epichem