The Pirbright Institute’s Doctor Susan Baigent was one of nine finalists in this year’s BBSRC Innovator of the Year awards.
Innovator of the Year is one of BBSRC's Fostering Innovation competitions that aim to promote excellence amongst researchers, knowledge exchange practitioners, departments and institutions by recognising successful approaches to innovation and impact in the biosciences.
Three finalists are nominated in each category of 'Commercial Innovator', 'Social Innovator' and 'Most Promising Innovator' which are aimed at reflecting the breadth of the benefits delivered by BBSRC's investment in UK bioscience. The awards took place in London on 31 March, with Professor Ian Givens from the University of Reading chosen as the Innovator of the Year for his work to reduce saturated fat in cows’ milk. A full list of the winners can be found on the BBSRC website.
Susan was one of three finalists in the ‘Social Innovator’ category and was nominated for her work on real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to differentiate and quantify vaccine and virulent strains of Marek’s disease virus.
The Pirbright Institute is proud to have had scientists nominated in the Social Innovator category for three years running (2013, 2014 and 2015) with Professor Luke Alphey winning Innovator of the Year in 2014 for his work on the genetic-based control of pest insects.
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