Policy & governance of innovative technologies

Regulations, standards and guidelines to ensure safety, quality and efficacy are an integral part of the development of technological advances, particularly in life sciences. Innogen’s research on the governance systems we adopt for innovative technologies, how such choices are made and their impact on future innovation trajectories, the fate of future sectors of the economy, and the competitive advantage of nations, is internationally unique.

Projects

Industry-wide standard supports companies to innovate responsibly

4 February 2021

Innogen Masters students trial the application of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Responsible Innovation Guide, PAS 440, in two early-stage biotechnology companies.

Innogen welcomes Alan Raybould

23 August 2019

Prof. Alan Raybould joins the University of Edinburgh as Chair of Innovation in the Life Sciences.

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.

The role of social sciences in innovation

18 November 2019

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the Innogen Institute brought together social science researchers and scientists from the Roslin Institute and the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology (SynthSys) at the University of Edinburgh for a free public event exploring the opportunities arising from the latest genetic technologies and the regulatory issues they are facing.

Innogen Research on Covid-19

27 March 2020

Recent publications by Innogen members draw attention to lessons learnt from previous outbreaks of infectious disease, and to the importance of ‘local health’ and the law in global health emergencies.