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Bioscience for Industry Strategy Advisory Panel

Provides strategic input on industrial user needs and knowledge exchange activities.


The Panel will:

  • Contribute to and advise on BBSRC strategies for business interaction, knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC), and innovation
  • Advise on business needs (research, postgraduate training and skills) and relevance of BBSRC research strategy and the current research training portfolio to business
  • Advise on the performance of BBSRC Institutes and Research Organisations with major investments from BBSRC in delivering knowledge exchange and commercialisation
  • Advise on the performance of the BBSRC portfolio of mechanisms to support collaborative research, knowledge exchange and commercialisation including relationship with Innovate UK and impact
  • Advise other BBSRC advisory bodies on issues relating to the above that are relevant to their activities
  • Reporting annually to the BBSRC Executive on key issues relating to the above

Methods of working

  • Two formal meetings per annum
  • Ad hoc working groups (in collaboration with other BBSRC advisory bodies where appropriate) and discussion by correspondence
  • Regular reports from and to BBSRC advisory bodies e.g. sector strategy groups, Bioscience Skills and Careers, Bioscience for Society as appropriate to enable the Panel to meet its responsibilities
  • Regular reports from and to, as appropriate, other relevant bodies e.g. Follow-on Fund Assessment Panel, Club Steering Groups, Advanced Training Partnership Panel, Rainbow Seed Fund Board, Innovate UK, Office of Life Sciences (OLS) as appropriate to enable the Panel to meet its responsibilities
  • Regular reports on performance and evaluations of KEC mechanisms


The Panel will comprise nine members and a Chair drawn from business sectors of relevance to BBSRC and experts in KEC (including business finance). In addition there will be observers from Innovate UK and OLS.

Dr Belinda Clarke (Chair) - Agri-Tech East
Mr Paul Molyneux (Deputy chair) - Molyneux Kale Company, Paul Molyneux Consulting
Dr Joe Adams - GSK
Dr Devaki Bhatta - LabXero Ltd
Ms Nina Cunningham - South Norfolk Council
Professor Curtis Dobson - The University of Manchester
Mrs Sue Dunkerton - Knowledge Transfer Network
Dr Mike Fontaine - Benchmark Animal Health Ltd
Mr Tony Hickson - Imperial College London
Professor Angela Karp - Rothamsted Research
Dr Jon Knight - AHDB
Mr Paul Mines - Biome Technologies
Dr Andrew Muir - Rainbow Seed Fund
Dr Stella Peace - Nomad Foods Ltd
Dr Sarah Perfect - Syngenta
Professor Christopher Robert Tapsell - KWS UK Ltd

Meeting dates and papers

Minutes and agendas for the past three years can be found below. If you would like to view minutes and/or agendas older than three years, please contact us using the details below.





Bioscience for Industry Strategy Advisory Panel