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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 was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to business, innovation and skills.
Ruth’s previous roles include Senior Vice President at Pfizer and Head of the Merck Neuroscience Research Centre. She is a published author and winner of the Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers’ Award. Ruth has published more than 120 scientific papers, 15 patents and a book for non-scientists, “Billy’s Halo”. Ruth graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from King’s College, London, and she held a Fulbright Scholarship.