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Dr Julie C Barnes

Dr Julie C Barnes

Innovative female inventor recognised at national awards

15 November 2013

Dr Julie Barnes, co-founder and CEO of Abcodia, has won an award for being a talented female innovator, inventor and entrepreneur.

Dr Barnes, at a glittering award ceremony at the Science Museum, London, last night (Nov 14) was presented with the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Enterprise and Innovation award by HRH The Princess Royal.

The award, sponsored by Atkins, was won by Julie for her invaluable research into developing new tests for the early detection and treatment of cancer.

Her biotech company, Abcodia, was formed in 2010 after securing exclusive access to a “biobank” of samples with disease information which can be used to identify markers of cancer. Under Julie’s leadership, the company secured a global licence for a new test that can detect ovarian cancer up to 2 years ahead of symptoms. The test should be available next year.

Fiona Marshall of Heptares Therapeutics says: “Julie’s example of how a single woman in STEM can set up a successful company to save the lives of other women is an inspiration to us all and illustrates that you do not have to have a career in medicine to make a real difference in saving lives”.

Abcodia has recently developed an alliance with Cancer Research UK, whose investment will allow the company to develop tests for the early detection of other cancers, with work on pancreatic cancer already underway.

After receiving her award from the HRH The Princess Royal, Julie said “What is perfect about Abcodia is that we make a difference to the lives of people who are at risk of cancer. This award gives validity to the faith that our investors put in us and inspires to continue to strive for future success.”

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