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Dr. Roger Freedman

Dr. Roger Freedman

Dr. Roger Freedman works for Lord David Sainsbury, the settlor of the Gatsby Foundation and formerly the UK Minister of Science and Innovation. Dr. Freedman established the Gatsby Foundation’s programs in plant science and neuroscience and continues to serve the Foundation’s much expanded plant science program. He has been a member of the governing council of the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich since its establishment and is a member of the management board of the second Sainsbury Laboratory now established in Cambridge. He initiated development of JICI (now PBL), the technology licensing company based at the John Innes Centre, remaining as a non-executive director of the company for the first ten years of its operation. In parallel with these activities, he has also been involved in developing the practical applications of new technologies through commercial development. Dr. Freedman has advised venture capital funds in the US and Europe on plant biotechnology investments and has acted as a scientific advisor, research director, director or chairman of start up technology companies in the UK and the US. Dr. Freedman got his B.A. at Cambridge and received his Ph.D. for research in molecular genetics at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, before getting his first introduction to America as a postdoc at the Stanford Department of Biochemistry.