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Professor Jackie Hunter

Professor Jackie Hunter joined BBSRC as Chief Executive in October 2013. Jackie has over thirty years of experience in the bioscience research sector, working across academia and industry and playing a key role in innovative collaborations and partnerships. She holds a personal chair from St George’s Hospital Medical School, which was awarded in recognition of her contribution to bioscience research.

Professor Jackie Hunter CBE. Image: Max Alexander
Professor Jackie Hunter

Jackie Hunter gained her first degree in Physiology and Psychology at the University of London followed by her PhD which was carried out at the Zoological Society of London. She undertook a Wellcome Trust post-doctoral research fellowship at St George’s Hospital Medical School before taking a role in the pharmaceutical sector in 1983.

During her career in industry, as well as leading neurology and gastrointestinal drug discovery and development, Jackie also spent several years developing and leading GSK's external science engagement strategy. In this role she played a central part in fostering effective and innovative collaborations and partnerships between university and institute research groups and the company.

Jackie is a current member of the Council of the University of Hertfordshire and previously served on the Council of Royal Holloway University of London as well as the governing body of the Babraham Institute. From 2004, Jackie was a member of BBSRC Council and BBSRC Strategy Board. She is a fellow of the British Pharmacological Society.

She founded OI Pharma Partners in 2010 to support the life science sector in harnessing the power of open innovation. Open innovation allows public and private organisations to use a range of collaborative models to find the best ways to bring ideas to fruition. Jackie was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for Services to the Pharmaceutical Industry as well as the Women of Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) awards in the category SET Discovery, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2010.