Exploring the Power of Genomics
James Smith plays a key role in the Innogen Centre where he is director of developing country research. Innogen is the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics. Formed in October 2002, it is part of the ESRC Genomics Network studying the evolution of genomics and life sciences and their far-reaching social and economic implications.
The life sciences have the potential to transform health care and food production systems, particularly in developing countries, and to provide one of the main platforms of economic growth and global competitiveness in the 21st century. Rapid developments in life sciences also challenge our existing regulatory systems and raise new ethical and social issues. Innogen's developing country research examines the relationship between the biosciences, innovation and development in Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as providing a sound base for decision-making in science and development policy.