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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 Technology Strategy Board (TSB) 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, TSB, 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 12 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 TSB and OLS.

Dr Mike Lant (Chair) - Syngenta
Dr Neil Bradshaw - University of Bristol
Dr Nessa Carey - PraxisUnico
Dr Curtis Dobson - The University of Manchester
Professor Iain Donnison - IBERS
Ms Sue Dunkerton - KTN
Mr Tony Hitchcock - Cobra Biologics
Professor Roderick Hubbard - University of York/Vernalis Ltd
Ms Claire Hughes - Marks & Spencer
Dr Janette Jones - Unilever
Dr Jon Knight - AHDB-HDC
Mr Paul Mines - Biome Technologies
Professor Jason Swedlow - University of Dundee/Glencoe Software
Dr Steven Walker - Campden BRI

Meeting dates and papers

Minutes and agendas for the past 3 years can be found below. If you would like to view minutes and/or agendas older than 3 years, please contact us using the details below.


20-21 October


15-16 September


27-28 November


19 April