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BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2015 is Professor Ian Givens from the University of Reading, for his work to reduce saturated fat in cows’ milk. Professor Givens was also named Social Innovator of the Year.

The 2015 Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) for early career researchers is now open for entries. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the scheme which, along with its sister competition Environment YES, has attracted nearly 5,000 alumni, who as a result have gone on to start businesses, work in industry, facilitate technology transfer, and have developed more collaborative academic careers.

BBSRC will no longer operate an annual competition for industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships, instead allocating the majority of these studentships to the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) for awarding alongside their standard studentships. A small proportion of the iCASE studentships will not be allocated at this time, but will be used flexibly by BBSRC to ensure a balanced portfolio and to target strategic interventions.