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RCUK welcomes the appointment of Ruth McKernan as new Chief Executive of Innovate UK


Research Councils UK welcome the appointment of Ruth McKernan as new Chief Executive of Innovate UK and look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Innovate UK under her stewardship.

Dr McKernan is due to take up her post in May 2015 after spending 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry, holding senior positions at Merck and Pfizer on both sides of the Atlantic.

Professor Jackie Hunter, RCUK Impact Champion, said: “With such extensive knowledge and her impressive background in industry, Dr McKernan will prove to be a real asset to Innovate UK. We enjoy a close partnership with Innovate UK and we look forward to working closely with Dr McKernan to achieve our joint goal of stimulating economic growth.”

RCUK have worked in close partnership with Innovate UK since its inception (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) in 2007. Both organisations strive to deliver UK economic growth by enabling an innovative, high value, knowledge-based economy with high productivity.

Some of the ways RCUK and Innovate UK work together include: establishing collaborative research programmes, promoting business access to UK research facilities and encouraging knowledge exchange between the research base and industry.

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