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New Chair for BBSRC appointed

18 June 2009

The formal appointment of Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS FMedSci as the new Chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has been announced today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Sir Tom succeeds Dr Peter Ringrose from 1 July 2009 and has been appointed for four years.

Prof Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, welcomed the announcement on behalf of the Council and its research community. Prof Kell said: "Sir Tom's appointment will be warmly welcomed across BBSRC and the UK bioscience research community. His experience of the opportunities and challenges faced by Research Councils, and the intellectual rigour and energy that characterise his own research and innovation, leadership and public service will be of enormous value to the Council. I very much look forward to working with him as he renews his association with BBSRC."

Sir Tom was the last Director-General of the Agriculture and Food Research Council, one of BBSRC’s predecessor bodies, and the founding Chief Executive of BBSRC when the Council was formed in 1994.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills press notice can be read at:


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and institutes.

The Babraham Institute, Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research are Institutes of BBSRC. The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.


Matt Goode, Head of External Relations

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