2nd International
Brain Technology Conference

March 11-12, Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Port, Israel

John Jeans

Life Sciences Champion for MedTech Appointed by Prime Minister (UK)


John Jeans is Chairman of the Council of Cardiff University and Imanova (an imaging research partnership between three London Universities and the MRC). In addition he chairs the Board of UK Biocentre Ltd, is a non-executive Director of Renishaw plc and a Board member of the University and College Employers Association.

An advisor to public sector organizations, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2014 as a Life Science Champion for the medical technology sector. John leads Innovate UK’s Stratified Medicine advisory Board and is Chair of the Strategic Advisory Panel for the Singapore Government’s Diagnostics Hub. He has served on many Government bodies including the Co-Chairmanship of a Ministerial Committee on Medical Technologies, and was an inaugural member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales and a founder Trustee of the Francis Crick Institute.

John was previously the Deputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council and Chair of MRC Technology. He continues to sit on the MRC’s audit and risk committee.In an industrial career spanning 35 years he held senior international leadership positions in global companies including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Amersham plc (now GE Healthcare). John headed the commercial function of GE’s Life Science business and was the Chairman of its UK Healthcare Company. His domain experience ranges from medical devices and therapeutic pharmaceuticals to in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics; encompassing research, product development, manufacturing and commercialization.

He was awarded the CBE for services to Life Sciences, Healthcare and Science in 2012.