Iain Hunter

Iain has been involved in Industrial Biotechnology for over 45 years – which is well before the term was invented!

He was appointed as Interim CEO in August 2019 to bridge the gap between the departure of Roger Kilburn, IBioIC’s first CEO, and arrival of his successor. Iain trained as a biochemist and has worked on microbial fermentation processes throughout his career. His early experience was with products made using E. coli.  On recruitment to Pfizer, he switched to antibiotic production by Streptomyces, which has kept him busy for over 30 years!   Returning to academic life in the UK, he has built the team at Strathclyde with diverse interests and capability in IB. From 2008-14, he was Executive Dean of Science (essentially Pro Vice Chancellor), where his management experience at Pfizer was adapted to academic issues.

Iain is a member of Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC), the highest level committee providing independent advice on science and engineering to Scottish Government. He is also a member of ‘Scotland CAN DO: Business Innovation Forum’ a group led by the Minister to help improve Scotland’s innovation performance. Together with the Chief Scientific Adviser, Iain co-chairs the ‘External Advisory Group’, which comments to Scottish Government on progress of its STEM strategy for education and training (2017-22). He also sits on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of several SME’s and, until his appointment as CEO, chaired IBioIC’s SAB.

Iain is a ‘petrol head’, with passion for classic cars and rallies. He no longer competes, but marshals events whenever spare time allows.