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Case Study: The Crick Institute Awards

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Our Client

The Francis Crick Institute is a world leading biomedical institute dedicated to understanding the biology underlying health and disease. Based in London its mission is to help understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neuro-degenerative diseases.

It’s an independent organisation, foundered by Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King’s College London. It boasts s a stunning building with world leading state of the art research facilities in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

The Brief

The Francis Crick Institute approached us for some creative ideas for their first ever Annual awards ceremony, The Crick Annual Awards 2018. This inaugural event was an opportunity for them to celebrate the institute’s incredibly important work whilst recognising both individual and team successes in biomedical research within the global scientific community.

Laser Crystal was tasked with developing an award design that reflects their world leading position. The client was focused in achieving high quality in every aspect of the glass trophy award from the presentation gift box, for this client ensuring every detail was perfect was an important part of the brief.

Winners at The Crick Annual Awards 2018 - holding their glass trophy award
The Project

Our creative team presented the client with a selection of visual ideas featuring 3D laser engraved designs for them to choose from.

The final design showcased their beautiful state of the art research facility in London which was created in amazing 3D detail and engraved within the crystal. The building is a really striking structure built in steel and glass, with huge cantilevered bay windows, R&D named it the 2017 Laboratory of the Year so is important to their brand identity.


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The client selected a stylish rectangle crystal shape with hand cut bevel edges which complemented their modern building perfectly.

Francis Crick chose the design on the left, which was also our favourite, we’ve included an example of the visuals we provide in the design process. These demonstrate how the final engraving will show in the glass trophy award. We understand it’s often difficult for clients to visualise how the final 3D engraving will appear, and these are a great way to demonstrate how the final crystal awards will look.


The Annual Awards Event

The Crick Awards 2018 was a great success, where five colleagues won awards, having been selected from a staggering 159 nominations. The evening was an opportunity to look back and highlight some of their successes over the last two years and beyond, and to pay tribute to the outstanding individuals and teams they have at the Crick.

The awards dinner and ceremony was hosted by comedian Robin Ince, the host of BBC Radio 4’s science series The Infinite Monkey Cage, who presented the awards alongside Paul Nurse and Crick Chairman Lord Browne.

The 2018 Crick Awards Winners categories included:

  • Contribution to World Class Science
  • Supports future leaders
  • Collaborates creatively
  • Engages and inspires the public
  • Crick 3RS

To recognise this year’s Crick Annual Award winners, they have also placed a cabinet in the ground floor atrium of their offices to display each replica glass trophy award with names and award categories.

Here are a few photos from the night!

The Crick Annual Awards - Award winners at the awards cereomy with their glass trophy award


The Crick Annual Awards Event - Winners holding their glass trophy award




The Crick Annual Awards - Award winners at the awards cereomy with their glass trophy award

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Thanks to The Francis Crick Institute for use of these images

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