The John Innes Centre aims to ensure that our world-leading plant and microbial research maximises impact for society and the economy in the UK and beyond.

How can The John Innes Centre help you?

Our internationally recognised scientists, cutting edge resources and world leading research can deliver collaborations to provide insight and impact for your organisation.

  • Collaborative research enables industry to harness John Innes Centre expertise to address knowledge gaps at a fundamental and pre-competitive level.¬† Projects are normally co-funded by the UK Government or the EU
  • Consultancy is an alternative option; it provides access to scientific expertise and can be a stepping stone to specialist research capabilities for applied and competitive projects. Projects can develop from desk top studies to long term laboratory based research fully funded by the commercial partner
  • World-class technologies platforms and facilities - the John Innes Centre also provides a gateway to scientific facilities available across the six research centres co-located on the Norwich Research Park
  • Licensing and commercialisation opportunities arising from innovation are managed with our technology transfer partner, Plant Bioscience Ltd. Our IP spans agri-tech, food/nutrition, microbiology biotechnology and serves life-science industries
  • Training, development and events including training studentships and sabbaticals promote knowledge exchange between the John Innes Centre and industry. Seminars and workshops provide access to advances arising from our research and innovation. Company specific events can support industry in defined research areas; focussed technology showcases and training to equip companies will skills in emerging technologies

For further information on working with the John Innes Centre contact:

Dr Jonathan Clarke 

Head of Business Development

+44 (0)1603 450842
+44 (0)777 186 8406

This Horticultural LINK project launched in July 2009 and funded solely by BBSRC and DEFRA I was a collaboration with industry partners from Bejo Zaden B.V., Weatherquest and Elsoms Seeds.

Project leader Dr Judith Irwin from the John Innes Centre is coordinating a consortium that is working on controlling supply, quality and waste in brassica vegetables, and understanding the genetics of maturity to breed varieties in response to climate change.

With funding through the BBSRC Industrial Partnership Award Scheme, Professor George Lomonossoff at the John Innes Centre and Aura Biosciences Inc. are investigating the use of empty Cow Pea Mosaic Virus capsids as a targeted drug delivery system.

An anti-cancer drug will be packaged inside a particle small enough to enter the blood stream, harmless to humans and ‘decorated’ externally with targeting molecules that specifically bind to proteins expressed on the surface of cancerous cells.

When Anglia DNA Services Ltd. developed their drugs testing service Claritest™ they needed a quality assurance test for their hair samples.

Using her expertise in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the Bioimaging facilities at the John Innes Centre, bioimaging specialist, Kim Findlay developed a quality assurance assay to validate the precision of hair chemistry analyses. Now Anglia DNA Services Ltd. can routinely process hair samples on the Norwich Research Park removing the need for investment in capital equipment.

Find out more about the John Innes Centre's world-class platform technologies and research facilities.

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