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Dr Allyson Reed
Dr Allyson Reed

As director of enterprise and communications at the government's Technology Strategy Board (now InnovateUK), Allyson Reed worked on growing ideas into business propositions.

Allyson Reed, who sadly passed away on 19 January 2015, made significant contributions throughout her life to both science and business. 

As a child, she became fascinated by materials and the way they behave, but only discovered her passion for chemistry later on, when she learnt more about how it relates to so many different aspects of everyday life. She obtained both an undergraduate degree and a PhD in chemistry. She decided to leave academia for industry, where she migrated from R&D to marketing and general management in both large companies and small start-up businesses.

Fuelling innovation

In her most recent role, Allyson worked at the Technology Strategy Board (now known as InnovateUK) where she held the position of director of enterprise and communications and looked at how science can fuel innovation. Growing interesting ideas into business propositions was a common theme in each of her roles in both the private and public sector, and she was passionate about balancing innovation and new science with making sure that new applications addressed a real social need.

Words and video by Annika Grandison
Published May 2013

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