Science and Technology Award; the Award Recognises Companies Who Have Turned Heads in the Region's Science and Technology Sectors, Whether They're Developing IT Infrastructure, Working in Software, or Dealing with Chemicals, Telecommunications or Pharmaceuticals

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DURHAM AND WEARSIDE Winner: SaleCycle, Houghton-le-Spring SaleCycle is the largest online "cart recovery provider" in the world. Its software allows online retailers to identify customers who have abandoned their shopping carts, so that they can contact them via personalised email and encourage them to complete the purchase.

SaleCycle sells to the UK, France, Spain and the Nordic countries, and recently opened an office in the USA. SaleCycle has helped to recover more than pounds 15m worth of abandoned shopping carts since it was launched.

Runners up Complement Genomics t/a dadcheck, Sunderland: A DNA testing company that offers services to the academic and commercial bioscience sector. It handles molecular biology research services, such as DNA sequencing and genotyping for clinical trials studies. It supplies to small biotech start-ups as well as the world's largest contract research organisations.

CCS Mobile, Sunderland: CCS focuses on negotiating major telecommunications contracts for clients, allowing them to get a better deal on their mobiles and landlines. The firm has been connecting businesses since 1987, and was recently selected as a launch partner for Vodafone's One Net solution.

TEESSIDE Winner: Double Eleven, Middlesbrough Double Eleven was born out of Rockstar Leeds, the studio responsible for games such as Grand Theft Auto.

Developers Lee Hutchinson and Matt Shepcar decided to set up their own studio, and have since worked on projects such as LittleBigPlanet for Sony's new mobile games device, the PS Vita.

Double Eleven attracts talent from all over the world to its home in Middlesbrough, and signed a deal latest year to develop games exclusively for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Runners up Animmersion UK, Middlesbrough: Former Teesside University tenant Animmersion UK was one of the first companies through the door of Boho One. …


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