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Emma Young with Awards’ presenter Sian Williams and category judge Penny Smith, who presented the award on behalf of Astellas

At the 2017  MJA Awards, Astellas sponsored Feature of the Year, for a specialist audience — which was won by Emma Young for Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse, but the rest of the world isn’t listening. Her story, published by Mosaic, was described by the judges as a  “compelling read”.

In what was a hotly contested category, Meera Senthilingam was highly commended for Sex in the UK: how culture and society can define your sexual health published by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The award was presented on behalf of Astellas by one of the judges for the category — Penny Smith, senior publicist at specialist publishers Wiley.

Astellas Pharma Europe is part of Astellas Pharma Inc. which is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies, employing 15,000 people globally.

In Europe, Astellas’ key strengths lie in the therapy areas of transplantation, urology, dermatology and anti-infectives and pain management.

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Astellas is an ongoing supporter of the MJA. At the 2016 Awards, the company sponsored Science Explained, which was won by Alok Jha from ITV News, for his piece, Will immunotherapy become a game-change in treating cancer? At the 2015 Summer Awards Astellas sponsored Best Staff Journalist for a General Audience, which was won by Sarah Boseley of the Guardian.

Judge Olivia Timbs, former editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal, described Sarah’s entries —pieces on ebolaketamine and legal highs were “unusual and of a consistently high standard.” The judges all agreed: “She gives you a sense of adventure.” The judges also commended Daily Mirror health correspondent Andy Gregory and Steve Connor from The Independent.