2017 Headline Sponsor


Dr Ruth McKernan CBE
Chief Executive
Innovate UK (Confirmed)
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Dr Ruth McKernan CBE joined Innovate UK as Chief Executive in May 2015. Ruth has 25 years of research and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including heading up research units in the UK and the US. She is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Innovation Advisory Panel and the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee. Ruth was also a Council Member for the Medical Research Council for five years.

Ruth’s previous roles include:

  • Senior Vice President, Pfizer
  • Head of the Merck Neuroscience Research Centre

Her awards and achievements include:

  • CBE in 2013 for services to Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Winner of Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers’ Award
  • Published author with more than 120 scientific papers and 15 patents
  • BSc in Pharmacology and Biochemistry and PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from King’s College, London
  • Author of a book for non-scientists, “Billy’s Halo”

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