The European Commission has appointed 22 “exceptional innovators from the worlds of entrepreneurship, venture capital, science and technology” to advise it on completing the setup of the European Innovation Council funder.
The EIC advisory board will provide “strategic leadership” on the development of the funder, the Commission said in its announcement on 27 June. Members will “oversee the roll out of the current pilot and lead the strategy and design of the EIC” when it launches fully under the EU’s 2021-27 R&D programme Horizon Europe.
Mark Ferguson (pictured left), director general of the funder Science Foundation Ireland and chief scientific adviser to the Irish government, has been appointed chair of the group. Ferguson is a former life scientist who co-founded the biotech company Renovo, which grew from two to 200 employees and became a publicly listed company.