Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC), the open innovation campus driving collaboration to improve healthcare, is pleased to announce that Dr Sally Ann Forsyth is to join as CEO in March 2018. Dr Forsyth, who joins from Norwich Research Park, has driven the development of several leading UK science parks with associated investment of almost £100m. With scientific and financial expertise and as an open innovation practitioner, she will lead SBC through its next phase of expansion.
Since 2013 Dr Forsyth has been CEO of Norwich Research Park, a life science cluster of world leading academics, researchers and clinicians which is now home to over 80 companies, and where the new food and health Quadram Institute will open next year. Prior to this, she was the first Director for Harwell Oxford, where she was responsible for the establishment of the Harwell Enterprise Zone, inward investment by De Beers and the European Space Agency complemented by the establishment of the UK Space Satellite Catapult Centre. She was also Director of Colworth Science Park, a leading location for open innovation. Dr Forsyth began her career with Unilever where she held a range of roles across venture capital, technology licensing and alliance management. She holds a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge University and is a qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Ian Tomlinson, Independent Chairman of SBC, said, 'With her extensive experience across a range of science parks, a focus on collaborative culture and a track record in attracting finance, Sally Ann is ideally placed to drive SBC through its next phase of development. We are delighted to welcome her to the team, and look forward to working with her. The Board would also like to express its appreciation to Interim CEO Miranda Knaggs for her stewardship since June.'
Sally Ann Forsyth, incoming CEO of SBC, said, 'In its six years since inception SBC has developed into a leading UK bioincubator and hub of life sciences innovation. Having established a unique blend of high-growth companies, academic interactions and cornerstone tenants such as LifeArc and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Centre, it is ready for the next phase of growth. I am very pleased to have been appointed CEO to lead this development.'