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14 Oct 2020

Queen honours three COG-UK scientists in 2020 Birthday List

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Queen honours three COG-UK scientists in 2020 Birthday List

Dr Tony Cox and Professor Emma Thomson become OBEs, while Dr Catherine Moore receives an MBE, for their services in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Three scientists from the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, representing research efforts in England, Scotland and Wales, have been honoured by the Queen for their roles in delivering vital services during the first phase of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Their work helped to establish the UK’s national network of testing and DNA sequencing of the virus to help guide the country’s public health response.

Dr Anthony Cox becomes an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to science and the COVID-19 response. As Chief Executive of the UK BIOcentre in Milton Keynes, he led the work to automate and ramp up its testing and analysis services to become one of the country’s Lighthouse Labs, analysing coronavirus tests given to the public. Under his direction, the centre has moved from analysing hundreds of swabs by hand to handling up to 40,000 tests a day through automation.