BBSRC Chief Executive's blog

News from our Chief Executive, Professor Melanie Welham

Professor Melanie Welham
  • Launching a new bioscience spin out and a new Industrial Strategy for the UK

    Melanie Welham

    On the day that our Prime Minister unveiled a new Industrial Strategy, I was at Norwich Research Park officially launching biotech spin out company, Leaf Systems with the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson.

    The new company, based on over 10 years of John Innes Centre research, uses a novel system to speedily and efficiently produce valuable proteins from plants for use in new diagnostics and vaccines. This new approach will enable a more rapid response to emerging pandemics.

  • Inspiration, innovation and industrial strategy

    Melanie Welham

    The beginning of a new year often leads us to reflect on events of the previous year and to look forward, or even predict, ‘hot’ areas for the coming year. I will skip over the reflections of 2016 and instead look forward to some of the key themes for BBSRC in 2017.

    One theme that I look forward to continue engaging with and promoting in 2017 is the celebration of inspirational bioscience – from curiosity-inspired research, pushing back the frontiers of bioscience research and understanding, to research motivated by solving a particular challenge or problem. I regularly highlight outcomes of the research BBSRC invests in when I am on external visits and also to BBSRC Council – and it is one of the real pleasures of my role.

  • Out and about around the UK (or 10 days in the life of…)

    Melanie Welham

    People often ask me what my role as CE involves and how it is different to being an academic researcher. A good insight comes from the various activities I was involved with in the couple of weeks before my recent holiday. These saw me travelling the length and breadth of the UK to engage with different groups of BBSRC stakeholders – while physically tiring it has been an intellectually stimulating time.

  • Stakeholder engagement, research reproducibility and au revoir Tim Benton

    Melanie Welham

    At BBSRC we understand how important our relationships with academics, policy makers, end-users and civil society are.

    To deliver our vision of leading world-class bioscience, promoting innovation and realising benefits for society in the UK and beyond we need to work constructively with a huge range of different people and organisations. Some of those interactions are at the highest levels in Government, while many of them, no less important, are at the day-to-day level of delivering investments in bioscience.