Innogen · News · October 27, 2006

Innogen funded until 2012: 956

The ESRC have announced a further 5 years funding for Innogen. Taking over from Professor Joyce Tait, Innogen will also welcome a new Centre Director, Professor David Wield, from October 2007.


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) today announces continued funding, from 2007 to 2012, for its three research centres, Innogen, Egenis and Cesagen, that, along with the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, make up the ESRC Genomics Network.


As part of the 2000 and 2002 Spending Review, the ESRC received £10 million to fund initiatives looking at the social and economic context of genomics.


Innogen will receive further funding of around £5 million over five years. Innogen's research programme brings together social, medical and natural scientists to work on evolution of the new life science economy and the governance of innovation in the life sciences, in partnership with industry and private interest groups; policy makers and regulators; citizens and public interest groups, in genomics innovation. Taking over from Professor Joyce Tait, Innogen will also welcome a new Centre Director, Professor David Wield, from October 2007.


Commenting on the announcements, Adrian Alsop, Director for Research, Training and Development for the ESRC, said, "We are delighted to announce this second phase of funding for our genomics research centres. The unique ESRC Genomics Network allows us to work in collaboration with medical and natural scientists in order to build understanding in this area. The Network has quickly established a world leading presence for the UK in this important area. Insights from social science explain how genomic technologies can benefit our health service and realise the potential benefits that they bring to developing countries."