Kath Mackay is interim Director of Ageing Society, Health & Nutrition at Innovate UK. Kath leads a team working to grow and scale the best UK businesses developing biomedical, health, agriculture and food innovations.
Kath joined Innovate UK in 2013 to co-manage the Regenerative Medicine & Advanced Therapies Programme, working to support the growing UK cell and gene therapy industry and growing market confidence to make the sector more investable. In doing this Kath worked closely with the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, and latterly she has led establishment of the Medicines Discovery Catapult for Innovate UK.
She has also held the roles of Head of Precision and Discovery Medicine and Deputy Director of Ageing Society, Health & Nutrition.
Kath has a PhD in pharmacology where she researched using stem cell models for novel drug discovery applications. Prior to joining Innovate UK she held commercial biotech roles providing experience of the life sciences industry in the UK and the USA.