UK Final 2023
FSB Small Business of the Year 2023 - MetalloBio
Twenty-eight-year-old Kirsty Smitten, the CEO and founder of Sheffield drug development spin-out business, MetalloBio Limited, that is developing a new antimicrobial platform technology to both prevent and treat antimicrobial-resistant infections, has been named as the overall UK winner of this FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2023.
The announcement was made by co-hosts Clare Balding and JJ Chalmers at the UK final held in Birmingham on 18 May. Kirsty surpassed more than 3,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs which entered this year’s awards from across the UK.
Following her Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield, Kirsty Smitten co-founded MetalloBio as a spin-out company from the university, turning its academic research into a sustainable company with real-world impact by developing antimicrobial platform technology to both prevent and treat antimicrobial-resistant infections. In a short space of time, she has managed to develop the technology up to the preclinical and commercially ready stages, and successfully raised over £1million in grant funding and £1million in equity investment for the business.