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Prof Joyce Tait named as one of UK's leading figures in Biobusiness

The School of Social and Political Science’s Professor Joyce Tait – the co-director of the Innogen Institute - has been named as one of the UK’s 50 leading women in biobusiness in recognition of her contribution to healthcare innovation.

Professor Tait appears in the 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2018 report. The report recognises the influential women leading, inspiring and supporting innovation to ensure that new technologies and treatments continue to improve UK research, health and society. The report is compiled by BioBeat, an organisation that connects entrepreneurs with the biotech sector.

Professor Tait - who is part of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) at the University’s School of Social and Political Science - is included for her research into regulatory frameworks that support better governance of innovative technologies. Her work is contributing to driving new government initiatives that promote investment and maximise the economic and societal benefits of technological advances. 

Professor Tait said: “It is excellent to see this celebration of women’s contributions to biobusiness. Hopefully it is a step towards a time when such a separation on gender grounds is no longer necessary.”

As a member of the UK's Council for Science and Technology, Professor Tait was also a key contributor to its recent initiative to promote a regulatory landscape that is more proportionate and adaptive to the needs of emerging technologies.

The Council for Science and Technology's letter to the Prime Minister on reforming the governance of technological innovation, along with the response from the Business Secretary Greg Clark, have been published on the UK Government's website.

In the letter, the Council for Science and Technology highlights the opportunity for the Government to develop further its approach to regulation of innovative technologies. It makes four recommendations to promote investment and maximise the economic and societal benefits of technological advances. The recommendations and responses from the UK Government are also published.

Professor Tait said: "It is really pleasing to see these important outcomes arising from Innogen's research - the initiative was strongly influenced by our project on Proportionate and Adaptive Governance of Innovative Technologies (PAGIT) also involving Geoff Banda and Andrew Watkins."

Professor Theo Papaioannou from The Open University, the Innogen Institute director, said: "Professor Tait's contribution to the Council of Science and Technology's letter to the Prime Minister takes forward the Innogen perspective of the importance of regulation in shaping the right balance between stability and adaptation to technological change."

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