News and events

In Conversation event: Are innovation policies ever value neutral?

16 November 2020

Smita Srinivas & Theo Papaioannou in conversation with David Wield discuss innovation as a political process of development in the context of COVID-19.

Rapid diagnostic tests are no panacea for tackling antimicrobial resistance

5 November 2020

Innogen members Ann Bruce and Katie Adam have co-authored a paper as part of the Diagnostic Innovation and Livestock (DIAL) project team, in collaboration with the University of Exeter and Bristol Veterinary School. This new publication explores the potential role of rapid or point-of-care diagnostic tests for farm animals in supporting decisions about antimicrobial use in livestock.

European funding boosts production of animal feed made from recycled carbon

29 October 2020

Innogen researchers are working on a recycling project with Deep Branch Biotechnology that produces sustainable protein for animal feed from carbon dioxide. The company has recently secured European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator funding of €2.5 million to scale up production.

National COVID-19 testing strategy analysis

15 October 2020

Innogen member Smita Srinivas and co-authors analyse COVID-19 testing in different countries. They highlight the need to take the industrial organisation of health systems within countries into account for testing strategies to be successful.

Predicting COVID-19 vaccine success

8 October 2020

Innogen Associate, Dr Jack Scannell, has co-authored a policy paper for the Centre for Global Development that analyses the COVID-19 vaccine pipeline. This work aims to bring high-quality probabilistic models of the COVID-19 vaccine pipeline into the public domain, to help policy development as well as the management of technological and manufacturing risks.  

Interview with Prof. Chris Warkup on R&D in the UK

6 October 2020

We speak with Chris Warkup, Visiting Professor, Innogen Institute, The Open University, about the actions that are required to develop the UK Government’s Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap and realise the UK’s ambition for science, research and innovation. Chris gives some answers to the Government’s consultation questions based on his career at the interface of academia, industry, policy makers, funders and investors.

Joyce Tait joins the Regulatory Horizons Council

16 September 2020

Innogen’s co-Director has been appointed as a member of the UK Government’s new Regulatory Horizons Council, an independent expert committee set up to provide impartial, expert advice on the regulatory reform required to support the rapid and safe introduction of new technologies.

Meet our Researchers: Dr Mark Lamont

9 September 2020

Dr Mark Lamont, Lecturer in International Development at The School of Social Sciences & Global Studies Development, The Open University, joined Innogen in June 2020. After completing his PhD in Social Anthropology at The University of Edinburgh, he has worked at The University of Victoria, Canada; Goldsmiths, The University of London; and The British Institute in Eastern Africa. He is currently working on research projects in Kenya that promote sustainable community development and resilience. In this Q&A he highlights the need to redesign the application of social science research to address global challenges and growing inequalities.

Ground-breaking carbon recycling project set to transform food production systems

20 July 2020

Innogen researchers are part of the Innovate-UK funded project REACT-FIRST, which brings together ten industry and academic partners to develop a scalable route to generate animal feed from captured carbon dioxide.

Analysis of the social impact of lockdowns in Africa

19 July 2020

As part of TIBA (the NIHR Global Health Research Unit Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa at the University of Edinburgh), Geoff Banda and Vera Florida Mugittu have contributed to a new report on the social impact of Covid-19 mitigation measures on nine African countries.