Chief Business Officer, Discovery Park
Jane Kennedy joined Discovery Park as Chief Business Officer in June 2021. Her remit is to drive strong business growth through the strategic development of the 220 acre science park; building an innovation hub, fostering a collaborative community on site and driving knowledge exchange.
With a Communication Studies degree, Jane spent the early part of her career working in advertising and marketing. In 2005 she became Marketing Manager of Roslin Biocentre (famed as the home of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal) running the science park and learning about the needs of startup and growing life sciences companies.
As the first employee of BioCity Scotland, she was instrumental in converting an ex-pharma site into BioCity’s first venture outside of Nottingham, launching and co-chairing the Glasgow BioCorridor. Additionally she launched the University of Glasgow’s Clinical Innovation Zone – a centre built around Stratified Medicine and Imaging – at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Jane has held several Startup support roles assisting early-stage tech-based businesses to build their teams and attract investment. She lives just outside Edinburgh in Scotland and splits her time working from home and travelling to the Discovery Park site in Sandwich, Kent.