Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

The Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Team

Dr Simon Cook
Head of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation

Phone: 01223 496453

Simon is a biochemist with special interest in signal transduction. He did his BSc in biochemistry (London) and studied lipid signal transduction pathways for his PhD (Glasgow). During 6 years of post-doctoral work at ONYX Pharmaceuticals (CA, USA) he developed an interest in protein kinase signalling pathways, their role in cell fate decisions and their validation as drug targets.

Simon joined the Babraham Institute in 1997, is a group leader in the Signalling Programme and Head of the Institute's KEC Programme. He sits on several Institute committees including the Babraham Executive Committee and the Science Policy Committee. His experience in California Biotech included drug discovery, project management and project partnering and his lab at Babraham has been collaborating with AstraZeneca for the last 14 years. He has published >90 papers including articles in Science, Science Signalling, Molecular Cell, Cell Stem Cell, Nature Communications and EMBO J.


Dr Katy Montague
Commercialisation Manager

Phone: 01223 496208

Katy is the Commercialisation Manager at Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd, the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of the Babraham Institute. In this role Katy is responsible for managing the Institute's patent portfolio and commercialising new Babraham technologies through licensing agreements or spinning out new companies. She also helps to promote collaborations between the Institute and industry, and facilitates access to the Institute's scientific services and expertise.

Prior to starting her role at Babraham in 2010, Katy worked for Health Enterprise East (an NHS Innovation Hub), where she assisted NHS Trusts with protecting and exploiting their intellectual property relating to novel medical technologies. Katy holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, and an MA from St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford.


Linden Fradet
Knowledge Exchange Manager 

Phone:01223 496260

Linden joined the Babraham Institute in 2013.  She is responsible for the delivery of the Institute's Knowledge Exchange strategy which aims to maximise the dissemination and impact of its science. She joined from the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University following a previous life as a Research Chemist at GSK.  Linden meets regularly with the Signalling ISP Group Leaders to record KEC /PE activity.

Linden studied Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, including a year's ERASMUS placement in France at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier.  An industrial placement year at GlaxoSmithKline led to a full time position once she graduated.  Working in both Research and Development and Manufacturing environments has afforded her experience and in-depth knowledge of the drug discovery and development process.


Dr Tacita Nye
Public Engagement Manager

Phone: 01223 496474

Tacita has been part of the KEC Team since 2013. She was recently recruited into the role of Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement Manager whilst Linden Fradet is on maternity leave. Tacita has responsibility for the implementation of the Institute's Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement programmes which aim to maximise the impact of Institute science.

Tacita studied Biochemistry & Microbiology at the University of Leeds, with an intercalated Industrial Year within a cytotoxicity laboratory at a Contract Research Organisation based in Harrogate. Following this, Tacita moved further south to Sheffield to study for her Ph.D. in molecular microbiology, specifically researching the cytochromes of Escherichia coli. During her time at Sheffield Tacita led a branch of the British Science Association known as Science Brainwaves, where she managed numerous public events including 'The Science of Cocktails'.

Dr Jonathan Lawson
Communications Manager (maternity cover)

Phone: 01223 496230

Jonathan is responsible for the Institute's communication activities, externally and internally. This includes the Institute's publications, promoting the Institute's activities to external sources, media work to disseminate research news, being the point of contact for media enquiries, and the campus newsletter. Jonathan came to the Institute from Cancer Research UK's London headquarters, where he had roles first with their Citizen Science programme and later in communicating Cancer Research UK-funded science to philanthropic donors. Whilst there he worked on partnerships with Pint of Science, the Science Museum and Glastonbury Music Festival.

As a committed Cambridge resident, Jonathan gained a BA in Natural Sciences and a Wellcome-funded PhD in Developmental Mechanisms from the University, where he was a member of Jesus College. During his studies, he held many roles in science communications and engagement including with the Cambridge Science Festival, FameLab and BlueSci science magazine. He enjoys baking and decorating cakes, particularly ones insipred by science.


Mr Michael Hinton
Web Manager and Schools Officer

Phone: 01223 496364

Michael had 20 years' experience in the Institute's Neurobiology Laboratory, working on animal behaviour and brain function. He represented the Institute and the BBSRC at several national exhibitions which led to a secondment to the Corporate Affairs Office in 2004, covering press, public relations, web development and schools outreach. After a short return to the bench Michael moved into the Graphics Facility, maintaining his outreach activities, improving the Institute's AV capabilities and taking full responsibility for developing internal and external web sites for the Institute and BBT. Following the closure of the Graphics Facility, Michael moved full-time into what is now the Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Team. 

On Leave:

Dr Louisa Wood
Communications Manager

Louisa is currently on leave from the role of Communications Manager. She has over eight years' experience in communication and engagement. Prior to joining the Babraham Institute she worked at the European Bioinformatics Institute managing outreach programmes and coordinating the Institute's communication activities.