In 2002, the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (Innogen) was formed to study the evolution of genomics and life sciences and their far-reaching social and economic implications. As part of the ESRC Genomics Network, Innogen’s research provided a sound base for decision-making in science, industry, policy and public arenas related to the life sciences.

Building on this strong body of work, the ESRC Innogen Centre laid the foundation for the newly established Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences.

Launched in 2013, the Innogen Institute is a dynamic collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Open University that explores the social and economic impact of innovation in the life sciences.

As a leading research, consulting and training unit, the Innogen Institute will further innovation generation across a range of sectors by:

  • offering in-depth, rigorous research in areas such as global health and development, food and energy security, emerging technologies and the bioeconomy;
  • providing impartial, non-partisan, evidence-based advice to public, private and social sector stakeholders; and
  • enhancing the skills of participants engaging with the innovation process


Innogen scholars produce world leading research with global impact on the social and economic impact of innovation in the life sciences. We are pioneering approaches that connect people, policy and practice to innovative solutions for real world problems.

Main areas of Research:

  • Emerging technologies
  • Agriculture and environment
  • Global health and development
  • Innovation systems
  • Life Sciences governance and engagement

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