Karen Smith

Karen Smith


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Member of:

Faculty of Medicine Innovation Executive
Faculty of Medicine Impact Strategy Group
Faculty of Science Innovation Executive
Norwich Cancer Research Network Executive Group
Norwich Institute of Health Ageing Executive Group
School of Chemistry Industrial Advisory Panel
School of Pharmacy Industrial Advisory Panel
National Productivity Investment Funding (NPIF) Committee, Quadram Institute
New Anglia LEP Life Science and Biotechnology Sector Group


I instigate new and develop existing opportunities for partnerships with private, public and third sector organisations based on the world-leading research conducted in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy. I work closely with academics to promote key research capabilities through knowledge exchange, impact, enterprise and engagement.

I also line manage the UEA Enabling Innovation: Research to Application (EIRA) team of Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellows and KE Manager working across the agri/bio-tech, artificial intelligence and digital creative sectors. The Eastern ARC Consortium (Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent) has recently been awarded £4.7 million for this initiative by UKRI to establish a network that will support business innovation in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

Following several years in management consultancy with EY and IMS Health I worked at the University of Cambridge in several roles including Head of the Corporate Liaison Office and Executive Director of the Cambridge Computational Biology Institute and at UCL as Director of Bioprocess Leadership.

I gained extensive experience in developing strategic, high-value relationships with stakeholders including companies of all sizes, academic institutions, government bodies, knowledge transfer networks, professional institutions and sponsors.

I hold several degrees including two Master’s degrees and a PhD from Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Neuroanatomy).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure