Dr Ruth McKernan CBE

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE

Chief Executive, Innovate UK

Ruth became Chief Executive of Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, in May 2015. She was formerly Chief Scientific Officer of Pfizer’s Neusentis unit and has worked internationally in the pharma and biotech sector, including with Pfizer and Merck.

Scientifically, Ruth is best known for her publications and patents in neuroscience, however she has also won awards for science writing and is the author of a book for non-scientists, Billy’s Halo. Ruth was awarded a CBE for services to business and innovation in 2013.