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Showcase of the annual #SciTechAwards

Season 2, Ep. 88

Launched in 2017, the Science and Technology Awards has become a key part of the Awards calendar for Cambridge. 

Alumni includes life science and biotech - Storm Biotherapeutics, CMR Surgical, Owlstone Medical,, and technology companies – Pragmatic, Featurespace, C2-Ai.

With 16 categories there is something for everyone, but for this episode, we’re focusing on the more #technology categories, where often multiple technologies are pitted against each other – no easy decision for the judges.

Tune in to hear a full roster of innovative science and technology companies and individuals and hold until the end where we’ll also share details of the winners of the tech categories. 

Information on all categories can be found on the Cambridge Independent website and social channels.

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