Joyce Tait (Co-Director, Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh) also holds an appointment at Edinburgh’s 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. Recent research has explored how regulatory adaptation and creative use of standards can contribute to more effective translation of new discoveries to innovative technologies and ultimately to national and global prosperity. 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: the Regulatory Horizons Council; the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology; and the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (and Chair of its Governance Subgroup).