As CEO of FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies – one of the world’s leading Contract Development and Biomanufacturing Organisations, Steve has global responsibility for all its business activities reporting directly to FUJIFILM Corporation in Tokyo. Steve has over 30 years’ experience in the UK and US with this company and its predecessors. His previous roles have included Managing Director roles within the UK company he now heads and prior to that he was President of Image Polymers Inc, a US based joint venture between Mitsui Chemicals and Avecia. Before that he held a number of Business and Operations Management posts. Steve is Chair of the UK’s IBLF (Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum) and is currently Co-Chairing the UK Bioeconomy Strategy Programme Board. He is a Director of NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE). Steve took his honours degree in Chemical Engineering at UMIST, Manchester before joining ICI in 1985.