Queen’s award for Uckfield company

Scientifica's Mark Johnson  and Matt Kemp with the Multiphoton Imaging System for Neuroscience research
Scientifica's Mark Johnson and Matt Kemp with the Multiphoton Imaging System for Neuroscience research

An Uckfield company which designed a system to help with neuroscience research used in the battle against degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, has won an award from the Queen.

Scientifica, based on Bellbrooks Industrial Estate, won the award for Enterprise: Innovation 2014.

It is the second prestigious Queen’s Award for the company, having collected the award for international trade in 2012.

Scientifica develops and manufactures specialist equipment for electrophysiology and imaging researchers.

The company won the latest innovation award for the design and development of its Multiphoton Imaging System for neuroscience research.

The system allows researchers to take images of brain cells deep into the tissue.

The Queen’s Award is given on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee including representative of government, industry and commerce when judging the entries.

Mark Johnson, Scientifica managing director, said he was thrilled with the award.

He said: “This award is fantastic news for us and we are confident that sales of our ground breaking Multiphoton System will grow even faster around the world as the result of this.”

Scientifica products are used by researchers in more than 30 countries around the world, and exports account for more than 70 per cent of the company’s turnover.

The majority of customers are researchers in universities, most of whom are involved in research into neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as cancer.

Over the last three years Scientifica has grown considerably, doubling turnover and staff numbers on the back of its products.

The company now employs nearly 70 staff over its two sites in Uckfield and Maidenhead.

Mr Johnson added: “This is a really significant achievement to have our flagship product recognised with such a prestigious award.

“It will give a massive boost to all our staff, suppliers and customers, and will undoubtedly contribute to our continuing success as a British manufacturer and exporter of high precision scientific equipment.”

The Scientifica team will be visiting London in July to receive its award from Her Majesty The Queen, following which, there will be a special presentation ceremony with The Lord Lieutenant of Sussex in Uckfield.