Throughout her career Fiona has been championing the benefits of innovation and collaboration since gaining her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde over 20 years ago. She has worked across industry, academia and the public sector and diverse fields such as Food & Drink, Life Sciences, Creative Industries and Renewables. As co-founder of the Intellectual Assets Centre, she helped individuals and companies to identify, protect, develop and harness value from their ideas, knowledge and inventions. At Interface she assisted a wide range of businesses to build academic collaborations enabling them to develop new and improved products and services. Most recently, Fiona was supporting academics and clinicians to apply for research funding at the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, working closely with the NHS.