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Dr John Collins

Commercial Director

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John has had a diverse and fascinating work life which has included becoming a trained Chef and working at restaurants in order to put himself through university, studying Nuclear Physics and Microelectronics for his PhD as part of a CASE Award for the nuclear power industry and continuing as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for British Gas plc at King’s College London developing the sensor for a gas smart meter.

After this his work has included an extensive 13-year career with De Beers Diamonds developing new products which he took from concept to manufacturing and profit, setting up his own innovation management consultancy, running international business development for a manufacturing technologies trade association, working for the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) and then taking on his most recent post to be the Commercial Director of SynbiCITE. Dr Collins works with all of our partners to collaborate and run projects that will accelerate the commercialisation of synthetic biology, growing an industry based on synthetic biology to make the UK and the world a richer place.