We are delighted to announced that Boehringer Ingelheim will continue as our principal sponsor for the 2017 MJA Awards. In 2017 — which is our 50th-anniversary — Boehringer Ingelheim will be supporting two categories: Best News Story for a general audience and a new category — Best News Story for a broadcast audience.


Professor Klaus Dugi, right, with Steve Connor of the Independent and Nick Owen, master of ceremonies for the 2016 Awards

Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 15 leading pharmaceutical companies. It was founded in 1885 by Albert Boehringer and is still a family-owned company, employing more than 47,000 people globally.

The company’s long relationship with the MJA began in 1998 when Boehringer Ingelheim sponsored publication of the Association’s history, Independent and Bloody Minded.

Boehringer Ingelheim focuses on the disease areas of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); heart attack (myocardial infarction); secondary stroke prevention; thromboembolic disease; high blood pressure; HIV/AIDS; Parkinson’s; stroke due to atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm); diabetes and oncology

The UK operation (Boehringer Ingelheim UK and Ireland) is based in Bracknell, Berks, and is one of this country’s top pharma companies with a turnover of  €504 million in 2013. The business focuses on clinical research, data management, sales and marketing.

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Alan Sumner, now head of corporate communications at Boehringer Ingelheim, presented David Swan from Pulse with the 2015 award for Digital Innovation

Boehringer Ingelheim has been an ongoing supporter of the MJA Awards and was also our principal sponsor for the 2015 and 2016 awards.

At this year’s awards, Professor Klaus Dugi, the UK Managing Director and Medical Director of Boehringer Ingelheim presented the award for Broadcast Journalist of the Year to Rowan Deacon from BBC Two for his “powerful” piece How to Die. Thomas Moore of Sky News was highly commended for his report on a clinical trial of treatment to cure paedophiles.

Professor Dugi also presented Steve Connor of the Independent with the trophy for News Story of the Year, for a general audience.

The company was also principal sponsor of our 2015 Summer Awards where they supported two categories: Best Freelance for a General Audience and Digital Innovation.

Best Freelance for a General Audience was won by Patrick Strudwick, a prolific freelancer and LGBT editor of the Huffington Post.

His entry included powerful pieces for the Indepenent on rape as a weapon of mass destruction and the fall-out of a homophobic attack and an article for the Guardian on the potential of a TV soap opera to stem the rise of HIV in young gay men.

Digital Innovation was won by David Swan of Pulse for the Pulse Toolkit.

At the 2014 Summer Awards the company sponsored Best Freelance for a General Audience, Digital Innovation and Story of the Year (