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Dr Ruth McKernan Chief Executive Innovate UK

Dr Ruth McKernan

Ruth McKernan 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 Science, Industry and Translation Committee of the Royal Society and a Council Member for the Medical Research Council.

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”

12 days of innovation – reflecting on Innovate UK’s 2016

12 days of Christmas

There are so many things to highlight in this, my final blog post of 2016, reflecting on a year in the life of Innovate UK. Here are just a few of my ‘best bits’ of the past year.

Connected cities – seeking new opportunities for global partnership


I arrived in India after an exciting few days at the Innovate 2016 event in Manchester, co-hosted by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade. Cities of the future were an important theme of the event, showcasing UK innovation. …