Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation

The John Innes Centre delivers social and economic impact in areas that align with BBSRC’s strategic priorities for: agriculture and food security; industrial biotechnology and bioenergy; and bioscience for health.

Our contributions to the economy and society are described in the independent economic assessments prepared by DTZ (2008)  and Brookdale Consulting (2013).

The John Innes Centre's’s ambition is to fulfil its mission and be an exemplar through both science and Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation excellence.

The Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation strategic vision is to drive the excellent science pursued at the John Innes Centre to achieve maximum benefits for society, the UK economy and to constructively inform policy.

The principles that guide and support our strategy are:

  • To make the delivery and communication of impact integral to our work
  • To develop close and effective working relationships with users of our science, capabilities, insights and expertise including business, third sector and policy makers
  • To ensure the John Innes Centre is open to new ideas, external contacts and relationships
  • To maintain the freedom to pursue our research interests for the wider benefit of society
  • To seek fair and appropriate recognition and rewards for the John Innes Centre and our staff
  • To exploit our research for the benefit of the region, UK and internationally

To deliver our strategy, the following objectives will be pursued:

  • Champion impact - through industrial research and third sector collaborations, consultancy and contract research, technology platforms and facilities, commercialisation, policy and international activity
  • Strengthen Networks - between John Innes Centre science, business and third sector organisations, policy influencers and makers and investment providers
  • Roles and Expectations - provide clarity within the John Innes Centre with respect to Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation
  • Embed KEC Culture - under the leadership of the Director
  • Nurture capability - by encouraging early career scientists

The primary focus of our strategy is to build high quality relationships with organisations to enable the full exploitation of our science outcomes, stimulating further scientific questions and creating opportunities for collaborative funding and industrial collaborations and the development of new undertakings. 

Our aim is to increase our impact and its visibility both within and beyond the John Innes Centre.

Contact the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team

Dr Jonathan Clarke 

Head of Business Development

+44(0)1603 4508402

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