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Economic Impact Report

The John Innes Centre contributes over £170M annually to the UK economy, demonstrating the impact and relevance of the excellent scientific research we undertake, and validating the investment of public funding to support this. An independent Economic Impact Report by Brookdale Consulting was produced in 2013.


Economic Impact Brochure

This document describes some of the applications born of discoveries from basic research at the John Innes Centre and its antecedents. It attributes an estimated value to some of those applications, providing a snapshot of the economic impact of the institute’s research since it was first founded as the John Innes Horticultural Institution in 1910.

Recognising the contributions made so far gives us conviction that high-quality basic research at JIC will continue to contribute to knowledge generation and to economic advancement for UK plc and world-wide. In this document we also speculate on the future impact of our current research.


JIC Business Development

Business Development at JIC is designed to promote, identify and capture promising scientific breakthroughs and to link to both the private and public sectors via networking and business development activities. Intellectual Property Management and technology transfer is led by Plant Biosciences Ltd (PBL) in partnership with JIC.

Our key objectives are to promote the uptake of JIC research by industry and to promote the formation of new ventures based on JIC science.

Business Development at JIC utilises our international standing and our alumni to foster research networks and commercial links in key areas of economic development such as China, India, SE Asia and Latin America. The Norwich BioIncubator and the new NRP Innovation Centre provide further scientific integration by attracting research based companies to the Norwich Research Park.

Working for Business

JIC supports knowledge exchange and commercialisation through collaborative and sponsored research with industry. Collaborative R&D grants are available through the BBSRC and the Technology Strategy Board.


One of the key objectives of the Business Development at the JIC is the promoting the formation of new ventures based on JIC science.

JIC researcher named Innovator of the Year

Professor George Lomonossoff has won “Most Promising Innovator” and the overall “Innovator of the Year” prize at this year’s national BBSRC Innovator of the Year Awards, for his work with Dr Frank Sainsbury on the development of a system for the rapid production of vaccines and pharmaceutical proteins in plants.

“The uptake of JIC research by industry is crucially important, and this is a shining example of how we have been able to translate fundamental research to combating a pressing problem facing society,” said Dr Jonathan Clarke, Head of Business Development at JIC. “This innovation demonstrates that fundamental research in plant and microbial biology can lead to enabling technologies with wider medical and industrial impact.” Full story...

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John Innes Centre achieves silver in Athena SWAN pilot
01 Apr 2014
The John Innes Centre, an internationally renowned plant and microbial science institute, has become the first research institute to win an Athena SWAN Silver Award. The Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education.  This award recognises JIC’s [...] Read full story

How size splits cells
27 Mar 2014
One of the scientists who revealed how plants “do maths” can now reveal how cells take measurements of size. Size is important to cells as it determines when they divide. In a paper published in eLife, Professor Martin Howard from the John Innes Centre and colleagues from the US, Germany and Singapore discovered that cells [...] Read full story

JIC’s Head of Directorate joins board of trustees of the Daphne Jackson Trust
26 Mar 2014
A leading figure in equality and diversity at the John Innes Centre has been made a trustee of a national charity that supports women (and men) wishing to return to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers. Dr Carole Thomas, head of directorate at the world-leading plant and microbiology research institute in Norwich, said: “I [...] Read full story

PhD student, Isabel Webb, wins ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ category
25 Mar 2014
And the winner is… JIC PhD student Isabel Webb!  She won her category of the I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here final on Friday 21st March. JIC student Amelia Frizell-Armitage also came third. Izzy wrote a blog post about the experience. Having to cover subjects ranging from the rarest plant to why cows [...] Read full story

Top tomatoes secure “Most Promising Innovator” award
21 Mar 2014
The goodness of 27 bottles of red wine without the alcohol and the benefits of tofu without the texture – tomatoes with high levels of beneficial compounds win John Innes Centre scientists the BBSRC award of “Most Promising Innovator 2014.” “We have been inspired by the need to redefine the meaning of healthy food,” says [...] Read full story

Norwich scientist takes her science to Parliament
19 Mar 2014
Philippa Borrill, 24, a PhD student at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, hailing from Swindon in Wiltshire, has attended Parliament to present her science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 17 March. Philippa’s poster on research about the interactions between nutrient content, [...] Read full story

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Head of Business Development: Jonathan Clarke
Business Development Officer: Becca Holland

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