Ruth McKernan

Venture Partner

Ruth McKernan is a neuroscientist and business leader. She joined SV in 2018 as a strategic advisor and consultant

Prior Experience
Ruth has over 25 years in the Pharma Industry at Merck and Pfizer, leading several Research Sites in the UK and US during her career. She has set up new Research Units, including Pfizer Regenerative Medicine and Neusentis, initiated multiple neuroscience partnerships, acquisitions and spinouts and played an active role in taking more than 10 compounds into the clinic. Immediately prior to joining SV, she spent 3 years as CEO of the UK Government’s Innovation agency, InnovateUK, supporting the UK’s Industrial Strategy with responsibility for investing an annual budget of £1Bn into Technology centres and SMEs.

Academic credentials
Ruth Has a BSc in Pharmacology and Biochemistry, a PhD in neuroscience and an Honorary DSc,

She was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to business and innovation in 2013 and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.

Outside of SV
Ruth is a trustee for Alzheimer’s Research UK and a Patron of International Spinal Research Trust.

She is an enthusiast for innovation and entrepreneurship, sitting on multiple innovation and translation boards including the Institute of Engineering and technology, the Academy of Engineering and the CRICK Institute.

In her spare time she is an award winning science writer, avid gardener and spokesperson for Women in Innovation

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