IDBS founder gets honorary degree

Neil Kipling, founder and CEO of IDBS, has been awarded an honorary doctorate (DUniv) from the University of Surrey.

Since being founded by Kipling in 1989, IDBS has become one of the world’s leading providers of data management software to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The company has been trading for almost 20 years.

Dr Malcolm Parry, director, The Surrey Research Park, who proposed Kipling for this award, commented: ‘Neil’s career reflects his versatility as an outstanding entrepreneur who has continued to contribute to building the knowledge-based economy not just regionally, but internationally.’

He added: ‘IDBS has remained profitable and has continued to report excellent sales and revenue growth. The Surrey Research Park provides an innovative environment upon which IDBS has built its success. All of us at The Surrey Research Park and at the university would like to congratulate him on his doctorate, as well as for his many other successes, and the triumphs still to come.’

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