Joyce Tait (Co-Director, Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh) (www.innogen.ac.uk) also holds an appointment at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security. She has an interdisciplinary background linking natural and social sciences to support the delivery of innovative technologies with economic and societal benefits. She has worked on: strategic planning for innovation, regulation and standards, and stakeholder influences, most recently exploring how standards can contribute to making regulatory systems more proportionate and adaptive to the needs of innovative technologies. Innovation areas covered by this research include: the circular economy; GM, synthetic biology and gene editing; genetic databases; pharmaceuticals and antimicrobial resistance; cell therapies and regenerative medicine; diagnostic devices; and stratified and translational medicine. Recent appointments include: Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology; the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (and Chair of its Governance Subgroup); and Governing Board of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde.