Gates Cambridge alumnus wins British Council award

  • March 22, 2015
Gates Cambridge alumnus wins British Council award

Gates Cambridge alumnus Chandler Robinson has won the Entrepreneur Award at the prestigious British Council's Education UK Alumni Awards.

A Gates Cambridge alumnus has won the Entrepreneur Award at the prestigious British Council’s Education UK Alumni Awards.

Chandler Robinson [2009] was named winner of the award at a ceremony in New York on 21st March.

The Education UK Alumni Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders who can demonstrate how their UK education has impacted on their subsequent success.

The Alumni Awards are open to alumni from India, USA and mainland China who studied in the UK at a recognised university, or to those who participated in a higher education study abroad programme for a minimum of one term or semester. Alumni must have graduated in 2004 or later.

Award winners are invited to join the panel of judges for future award competitions and the Alumni Award Network and are offered a tailor-made, return trip to the UK, to  enhance their global profile. As part of the trip, award winners have the chance to connect with government and with industry leaders in the industry of their choice.

Chandler was selected due to his enterpreneurial activities which he burnished while he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is co-founder and CEO of Tactic Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company developing pre-clinical and clinical stage compounds for unmet medical needs.

Tactic was started just after Chandler finished his MBA at Cambridge and has since successfully received FDA orphan drug status for its treatment of Wilson Disease and secured a partnership agreement with a European pharmaceutical company. The British Council says the drug should soon have the chance to benefit over 200,000 Wilson patients around the world.

It states that Chandler’s course in the UK helped him to develop “his business judgment and leadership skills, as well as his confidence to manage Tactic”. It says: “The UK gave Chandler a global and diverse perspective which is helping Tactic achieve results beyond the USA.”

Chandler is delighted to have received the British Council Award and says: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I could do an MBA and become CEO of a company.”

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