MR Solutions has received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise from the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey at their Guildford headquarters in September in recognition of their outstanding success in growing international sales. It was only a year earlier that MR Solutions had won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.
This dual success has been driven by MR Solutions’ strong investment in the development and commercialisation of their ground-breaking cryogen-free preclinical MRI imaging technology which uniquely can be combined with other imaging capabilities such as PET or SPECT.
Michael More-Molyneux, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant presented the award on behalf of The Queen to David Taylor, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, at MR Solutions, with Charles Fowler, Deputy Lieutenant who read the citation. The Lord-Lieutenant remarked that ‘he didn’t know he would be back so soon’ after the Queen’s award presentation held the previous year. The award was formally conferred with a Grant of Appointment and presentation of a crystal bowl.
Also present to witness the occasion was The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Nigel Manning, the Rt. Hon. Anne Milton, MP for Guildford and Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, and all the employees. The Mayor of Guildford proposed a toast to MR Solutions’ success with a glass of champagne and a celebratory cake.
Dr David Taylor of MR Solutions said, “This success is a real team effort. We are thrilled to receive the Queen’s Award for International Trade from the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey – this is particularly appreciated as we won the Queen’s Award for Innovation last year. The whole ethos of the company is to be at the forefront of technology and it is that that differentiates us so substantially from our competitors and has led to our success.”
MR Solutions also attended a winner’s reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on July 11, 2017. Representing MR Solutions was Dr David Taylor and Dr Vera Zhang, Director of MR Solutions’ international office based in Boston, who stood in the receiving line for the Queen who congratulated the winners.
MR Solutions is the only company in the world to offer a range of commercially available scanners from 3T to 9.4T (T is for Tesla - the power of the magnet) which does not require liquid helium. MR Solutions’ scanners, which are the size of a desk, can be wheeled into a lab compared to the helium cooled models which usually need their own room and substantial building modifications.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is valid for five years and is the most prestigious business award in the UK which is presented to a select group of businesses having been recognised for outstanding business achievement. Now in its 51st year, the awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of business excellence. Companies have to demonstrate their financial strength as well as their sales success.