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Dr Belinda Quinn Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Precision Medicine Catapult

 19/04/2016

The Precision Medicine Catapult, the UK's innovation centre for precision medicine, announces today it has appointed Dr Belinda Quinn as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Belinda has been working as Chief Clinical Officer of the Precision Medicine Catapult over the past six months, formulating and landscaping Precision Medicine opportunities across the UK. She has played a pivotal leadership role in mobilising the seven Centres of Excellence integral to the success of the Precision Medicine Catapult.

Belinda trained as a doctor specialising in neurology before diversifying into IT and clinical leadership roles. She has held executive and transformational change roles across the public and private sector including big pharma, global management consulting, the NHS, data and regulatory in the UK, Australia and the Middle East.

Richard Barker, Chairman of the Precision Medicine Catapult said: "Belinda brings deep experience and great energy to the task of building the Precision Medicine Catapult and delivering its strategy. With our ambition to create value for the NHS, private sector companies and most importantly for patients through the development of precision medicine, her ability to bring together all these interests will be invaluable."

Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive of Innovate UK, the Precision Medicine Catapult primary funder, said: "The Precision Medicine Catapult will transform the UK’s capability for innovation in this important sector, helping to drive economic growth and deliver significant improvements in health. Belinda has already built a strong reputation with colleagues across the UK and I am confident that the Catapult will be a powerful force in making the UK a leader in precision medicine.”

Belinda Quinn said: “I am delighted to accept the role as CEO of the Precision Medicine Catapult and will continue to build on the momentum and progress we have made in the last year. I am excited by the opportunity to work with the many world-leading experts in research and clinical practice that we have in this country, coupled with industry partners and Innovate UK to help bring forward innovative, sustainable and more cost-effective solutions that will build the UK’s precision medicine industry, benefit patients and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the healthcare system in the UK.” 

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For more information, please contact: Precision Medicine Catapult Karen Chandler-Smith, Director of Marketing karen.chandler-smith@pm.catapult.org.uk T: +44 (0) 7900 430235 

A high resolution image and biography of Dr Belinda Quinn is available on request Catapult programme James Easey, Media Relations T: +44 (0) 7947 467162 james.easey@innovateuk.gov.uk 


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About the Precision Medicine Catapult 

The Precision Medicine Catapult's mission is to create the world's leading precision medicine ecosystem. It is making the UK the most attractive place in the world for the development and delivery of precision medicine, bringing economic growth and improved patient outcomes. Capitalising on the UK's high quality precision medicine infrastructure and regional expertise, it will deliver products and services by breaking through the barriers to their translation, adoption and implementation. The Precision Medicine Catapult is headquartered in Cambridge, with regional Centres of Excellence across the UK. Working with companies, academia, hospitals and healthcare authorities in these clusters and internationally will enable delivery of its strategy, growing the industry nationally while bringing local healthcare impact. The Precision Medicine Catapult was established in April 2015 and is funded by Innovate UK, the Government's innovation agency. It is one of 11 Catapults which form a network of world-leading centres transforming the UK's capability to translate innovation into products that drive economic growth. Please go to www.catapult.org.uk/catapult-centres for more information, and you can also follow us on twitter @PMCatapult. 

About Catapults 

Catapult centres are established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialization. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future. For more information please contact www.catapult.org.uk


About Innovate UK 

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. We are business focused and drive disruptive innovation right across the UK economy, funding and connecting pioneering businesses so they can create the products, processes and industries of the future. It is our mission to boost productivity, increase exports and help the UK economy grow head and shoulders above other nations. For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit www.gov.uk/innovateuk, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/InnovateUK.

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