Dr John Brown
MRC Council member
Dr Brown has a portfolio of non-executive directorships in both the public and private sectors. He also holds an honorary position as Professor at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded CBE in 2011.
He is a pharmacologist by training and began his career in research with Glaxo Group Research and over a five-year period carried out research and development activities related to novel analgesic molecules. Since then he has worked in a leadership role in several life science companies engaged in the development of novel, drugs, vaccines, diagnostic tests, cell therapies and medical devices. He was Chief Executive of Acambis plc, a leading producer of vaccines to treat and prevent infectious disease from 1995 until 2004. He is Chairman of Synpromics Ltd, and Senior Non-Executive Director of Electrical Geodesics Inc.
In addition to MRC Council, Dr Brown holds a ministerial public appointment as Chair of the Cell Therapy Catapult. He receives £30,000 per year as Chair of the Cell Therapy Catapult. He currently chairs the Roslin Foundation charity and the Easter Bush Development Board and is a Trustee of Medical Research Scotland .
He is a Fellow and Treasurer of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.